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    Harnessing local knowledge to address gender-related issues: A new model of development in religious communities?

Harnessing local knowledge to address gender-related issues: A new model of development in religious communities?

To progress towards sustainable development, each society’s unique culture, and how this influences individual behaviour, must be better understood from a post-colonial perspective. Romina Istratii writes that efforts towards gender equality must be made within the context of a religious society’s culture, and not from imposed secular assumptions.

Concomitant with the gradual secularisation of western science and thought, late twentieth-century […]

November 14th, 2018|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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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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    ‘Collaboration between faith and non-faith actors is vital’: The Anglican Communion at the UN

‘Collaboration between faith and non-faith actors is vital’: The Anglican Communion at the UN

Justin Welby recently became the first Archbishop of Canterbury to address the UN Security Council, speaking on the topic of conflict mediation. Jack Palmer-White writes that the Anglican Communion – and other religious actors – are well-placed at both the global and the local level to assist states and UN agencies in promoting conflict resolution. Such faith-inspired advocacy can have a […]

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    Christianism: A crude political ideology and the triumph of empty symbolism

Christianism: A crude political ideology and the triumph of empty symbolism

Where does the ‘religion’ end and the ‘populism’ begin? Ben Ryan speaks of the use of Christianity by populists as ‘Christianism’. Here, as with Islamism, theological depth makes way for a radical vision of society where people are divided into two cultural camps. You’re with us or against us. The challenge for Christians is to wrestle back the narrative […]

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    ‘We need social science’: In defence of the scientific study of religion

‘We need social science’: In defence of the scientific study of religion

In ‘Researching Religion: Why We Need Social Science’, Steve Bruce reasserts the importance of analysing large-scale statistical data for accurately measuring levels of religiosity. He considers the various ‘believing without belonging’ arguments that sociologists have put forward, and argues that the data simply does not support such claims. He also argues that post-modern relativism has led to a decline in the popularity […]

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    When racialised assumptions don’t fit: White Muslims and the contestation of threat

When racialised assumptions don’t fit: White Muslims and the contestation of threat

The categories ‘white British’ and ‘British Muslim’ may appear to be exclusive, so what are the consequences of this assumption? Through her work on white Muslim identities in the UK, Amena Amer has identified two main narratives in the British press regarding white Muslims. Their religion is used to explain their association with extremism, while their whiteness offers them […]

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    ‘A kitsch Christianity’: Populists gather support while traditional religiosity declines

‘A kitsch Christianity’: Populists gather support while traditional religiosity declines

Rather than an authentic religious expression, Olivier Roy sees populism as a vehicle which appropriates Christian symbols for political ends while discarding the religion’s core values. Moreover, the rise of such movements has corresponded with the continued decline of church attendance and the widespread support for policies which run contrary to Church teachings. Capitalising on the Roman Catholic Church’s […]

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    Saint Óscar Romero: A hero of the poor and symbol of hope for El Salvador

Saint Óscar Romero: A hero of the poor and symbol of hope for El Salvador

Óscar Romero, the assassinated archbishop of San Salvador, was canonised by Pope Francis on Saturday in recognition of his martyrdom and faithful service to the people of El Salvador. St Romero was a fearless critic of the military government and an advocate for his country’s poor, and Claire Moll sees his determination to address the root causes of poverty […]

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    Secularity beyond the West: Religion-state relations in the modern era

Secularity beyond the West: Religion-state relations in the modern era

In his magisterial ‘A Secular Age’, Charles Taylor interrogates the nature of secularism in the West and its gradual emergence over five centuries. Taking this work as their lead, Mirjam Künkler, John Madeley and Shylashri Shankar have edited a new volume which investigates whether Taylor’s conclusions regarding secularity can also be applied to other regions. This detailed study finds […]

October 17th, 2018|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    ‘Us’ and the ‘Other’: How populists continue to hijack religion

‘Us’ and the ‘Other’: How populists continue to hijack religion

In the first Populism and Religion article, Nadia Marzouki and Duncan McDonnell explain how populists portray elites and minorities, particularly Muslims, as an existential threat to the majority’s way of life. This discourse is increasingly common in public debate, with right-wing populists and centre-right conservatives across the West competing to present themselves as the defenders of an embattled Christian civilisation.

“I […]