On September 1st, 2011, Prof. Christoph Markschies was made an honorary Doctor of Theology at the University of Oslo. The article is based on his Honorary Degree Acceptance Lecture, delivered on September 2nd at the Faculty of Theology. Markschies is since 2004 professor of Early Church History at the Humboldt University of Berlin. From 2006 to 2010 he was also the President of the Humboldt University. During the past 15 years, he has succeeded in a remarkable way to combine outstanding achievements within his field of research with a continuous presence in broader public debates on cultural and church-related topics.

Keywords: Protestantism, Multicultural Europe