Sturla J. Stålsett is Professor of Society, Religion and Diaconical Studies at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society in Oslo. His publications include The crucified and the Crucified: A Study in the Liberation Christology of Jon Sobrino (2003), Religion i urolige tider: Globalisering, religiøsitet og sårbarhet (2017), and Det livssynsåpne samfunn (2021).
Normative distinctions between “honest” and “hijacked” Christianity are a recurrent reference in research on populism. Yet the practices in which Christianity is embedded and embodied paint a more complicated picture. By re-drawing the distinction between the “honest” and the “hijacked,” these practices enable critiques of the anti-Muslim racism that runs through populist politics.