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    The Catholic work ethic: Weber may have been wrong in linking hard work to Protestantism

The Catholic work ethic: Weber may have been wrong in linking hard work to Protestantism

The Catholic Cistercians spread hard work and thrift in parts of Europe before the Reformation, write Thomas Barnebeck Andersen, Jeanet Bentzen, Carl-Johan Dalgaard and Paul Sharp.

Social scientists have always been concerned about the role of religion for society. In the early twentieth century, there were concerns about the compatibility of Catholicism and liberal democracy; in the post-Cold War period, […]

August 30th, 2018|Europe, Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    Beyond the Pew report: Christian identities and ‘Others’ in contemporary Europe

Beyond the Pew report: Christian identities and ‘Others’ in contemporary Europe

What can Pew Research Center’s recent report on Christian identity and attitudes towards minorities tell us about Europe today? Nasar Meer, who was on the panel when Pew visited LSE this summer, highlights how the report may challenge our preconceptions of interreligious tolerance. He also considers how exclusive religious identities inevitably have a political component and can therefore be […]

August 9th, 2018|Europe, Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: ‘Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France’ by Jim Wolfreys

Book Review: ‘Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France’ by Jim Wolfreys

In Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France, Jim Wolfreys describes the emergence of a ‘respectable racism’ against Muslims in France since the 1980s, fuelled by the ‘War on Terror’ and rooted in the nation’s colonial history. Praising the book’s candid and incisive writing, Elsa Stéphan welcomes this as a commendably comprehensive and accessible account on […]

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    A different conversation: Wittgenstein and a new type of atheism

A different conversation: Wittgenstein and a new type of atheism

Discussion between religious believers and atheists tends to produce much heat and little light, with the latter often adopting a hostile stance in dismissing the believer’s ideas as irrational and unbefitting of intelligent conversation. How can we break this cycle? Simon Glendinning has identified in the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein an intriguing passage which opens the path to a […]

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    EVENT VIDEO: Christian Identity and (In)Tolerance in Secular Western Europe

EVENT VIDEO: Christian Identity and (In)Tolerance in Secular Western Europe

This is the recording of ‘Christian Identity and (In)Tolerance in Secular Western Europe’, the event we hosted at LSE on Thursday 7 June 2018.

Chair: Professor Matthew Engelke (LSE)
Speakers: Dr Neha Sahgal (Pew Research Center), Dr Esra Özyürek (LSE), Professor Nasar Meer (University of Edinburgh)

Video credit: DIDA Media

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    Multiculturalism: Is Denmark a den of intolerance and Sweden a land of political correctness?

Multiculturalism: Is Denmark a den of intolerance and Sweden a land of political correctness?

The recent ban on the wearing of full-face veils in Denmark is evidence of that country’s unease with multiculturalism, a feeling shared by some other European nations who have adopted similar legislation. Sweden, meanwhile, has largely stayed true to its policy of multiculturalism. Mahama Tawat compares Danish and Swedish policies towards immigrant communities, tracing the clear difference between the […]

Pew Research Center: Being Christian in Western Europe

Pew Research Center recently published a major new report on Christian identity and attitudes towards religious minorities in Western Europe. LSE will host an event on Thursday 7 June in which the Center will present its report, followed by an expert panel discussion. Here, lead report author Neha Sahgal shares ten key findings.

Most Christians in Western Europe today are […]

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    The transcendental nation: The overlooked spiritual dimension of political polarisation

The transcendental nation: The overlooked spiritual dimension of political polarisation

Much of the debate surrounding the contemporary political realignment is dominated by a purely rational conception of politics. However, our political system, Julian Göpffarth writes, is based on the transcendental idea of the nation and the redemptive character of democracy. Failure to acknowledge this will further strengthen far-right parties and movements.
There are many ways in which contemporary polarisation is […]

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    ‘A new settlement’: The UK must recognise immigration as an ethical, not simply political, issue

‘A new settlement’: The UK must recognise immigration as an ethical, not simply political, issue

Fortress Britain, a timely new book edited by Ben Ryan, considers the UK’s confused approach towards immigration policy over many decades and how this muddled thinking continues as Brexit looms. Drawing on the themes that emerged in the book, Ben highlights the lack of ethical clarity and consistency on immigration policy and the need for new arrivals to be […]

April 18th, 2018|Europe, Featured, Latest|0 Comments|