A Sociological Reading of a New Cultural Scene: Jesus Forsaken in the 1940s

  • Bernhard Callebaut Sophia University Institute


This article presents the general assumptions of the sociology of knowledge, namely, the relationship between ideas and social context that inform recent social constructionist theories of authorship and authorship competencies. The author uses a case study format to examine the status of the idea of “Jesus forsaken” in the early years of the Focolare Movement. He explores how the idea came about, how it became a new and unique discourse, how it related to other discursive traditions, how it changed by discarding elements of some traditions and keeping elements of others and by dealing with social conditioning, and finally how it became a new, creative, and multilingual discourse in its own right.