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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 […]

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    The religious and the secular: Why social scientists should take prayer seriously

The religious and the secular: Why social scientists should take prayer seriously

If personal prayer is a private matter, why should social scientists consider it in their research? Anishka Gheewala-Lohiya reminds us that the majority of the world’s population is religious. She also stresses the widespread practice of prayer across different religions, and argues that the religious observer’s active ‘secular’ life cannot be easily distinguished from their personal religiosity.

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    Trust and economics: What the Early Church can teach us about a fairer society

Trust and economics: What the Early Church can teach us about a fairer society

Trust is an essential component of a healthy society and a successful economic system. But how is it to be understood? Whereas economic literature tends to see trust as a rational calculation, Durham University’s Nicolas Baumgartner argues that the theology of the Early Church, which encouraged individuals to trust in God, also empowered those individuals to act for the greater […]

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    Emmanuel Macron’s Speech to the French Bishops: A Poisonous Gift?

Emmanuel Macron’s Speech to the French Bishops: A Poisonous Gift?

Here is Arthur Ghins’ reaction to President Macron’s speech on Monday to the Bishops’ Conference of France. Arthur sees Macron’s speech as an invitation to mutual trust in place of mutual suspicion, and a welcome one, as long as Catholics are not expected to relinquish their Catholicism.

What was Macron’s intention? This question came back to me repeatedly as […]

April 11th, 2018|Featured, Latest, Opinion|1 Comment|
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    The Istanbul Convention in Croatia: Attending to the anxiety in the intersection of belief and policy-making

The Istanbul Convention in Croatia: Attending to the anxiety in the intersection of belief and policy-making

The current controversy surrounding the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Croatia brings attention to the anxieties that religious people in democratic countries experience when confronted by policy initiatives that they perceive as contrary to their beliefs. Miguel Alcalde (LSE) and Josipa Šarić (University of Kent) consider how the genuine concerns of the people are often drowned in debates […]

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    An LSE student’s view: Why the Labour Party’s own values must compel it to take antisemitism seriously

An LSE student’s view: Why the Labour Party’s own values must compel it to take antisemitism seriously

Ben Reiff is a second-year History & International Relations student at LSE. He writes below about the left’s antisemitism problem and his frustration with Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the issue. He calls on the Labour Party to adhere consistently to its values of inclusion and non-discrimination so that no minority group is isolated in the party and wider society.

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The United Nations – what has religion got to do with it?

Note: This article was originally published on the earlier LSE Religion and the Public Sphere blog.
In the last two decades there has been a pressing need to make sense of religion in international politics. Here Anne Stensvold finds that the struggle over values at the UN is not a fight over ultimate truth but about how to accommodate religion in a globalized […]

The Global ‘Body of Christ’ in Taiwan and Beyond

Through weaving together family history and anthropological fieldwork, LSE PhD student Gareth Breen considers one Taiwanese Christian group’s ‘circular’ concept of the Body of Christ, and how this notion sustains a self-understanding of ‘one church’ increasingly spread across the globe.

Within the various histories of Christianity the ‘Body of Christ’ has been what we might call a ‘glocalising’ image. On […]

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    Globalisation has contributed to declining levels of religious freedom across the world

Globalisation has contributed to declining levels of religious freedom across the world

Note: This article was originally published on the earlier LSE Religion and the Public Sphere blog.
What factors affect religious freedom? As Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom and Gizem Arikan write, there is evidence that restrictions on religious freedom have increased globally in recent decades. Using data from a recent study, they highlight the role that processes of globalisation have had on this […]

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: Leading for Religious Freedom

Watch Lord Ahmad’s ‘Leading for Religious Freedom’ lecture below

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