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Biculturalism, multiculturalism and interculturalism: theological reflections on justice and cultural diversity

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Dr. Jonathan Chaplin is the first Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, a position he took up in September 2006.

He is Member of the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University, U.K., and was Visiting Lecturer at the VU University, Amsterdam from 2007-2011.

Jonathan is visiting the University of Otago as a William Evans Fellow, hosted by the Centre for Public Theology.

The three terms in this title express different stances on the just treatment of cultural and religious diversity: bi-culturalism in New Zealand seeks the restoration of parity among founding cultures following colonial domination; multiculturalism in Europe strives for the integration of many immigrant minorities into 'white European' majority societies; interculturalism critiques the perceived 'balkanizing' effects of multiculturalism and argues that policy must reckon with the dynamic, fluid nature of identities in a globalising world.

The lecture responds to this debate from the standpoint of a theology of cultural justice.

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