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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 […]

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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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    Narratives of Islamophobia in the UK: Encounters and resistance among young Muslim women

Narratives of Islamophobia in the UK: Encounters and resistance among young Muslim women

Note: This article was originally published on the earlier LSE Religion and the Public Sphere blog.
Tania Saeed’s book looks at the experiences of young Muslim women across England, highlighting the anxieties of young Muslims who constantly feel targeted because of their religious beliefs. It finds that Muslim students are actively challenging Islamophobia on campuses through dialogue, taking charge of the […]

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    Holy Land Experience: authentic spirituality through theme-park entertainment

Holy Land Experience: authentic spirituality through theme-park entertainment

LSE Visiting Fellow Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer recounts her visit to Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida. Here, Helena considers the strangeness of Biblical stories being presented as spectacle and recalls the spiritual authenticity of the visitors’ responses.

Located on fifteen acres of land in Orlando, Florida, a city famous for its theme parks, Holy Land Experience calls itself a ‘living, Biblical […]

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    ‘Each trafficked person has their own story’: The Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies unite to tackle modern day slavery

‘Each trafficked person has their own story’: The Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies unite to tackle modern day slavery

The global crisis of human trafficking demands a global response. In the first Religion and Global Society article, Cardinal Vincent Nichols introduces the work of the Santa Marta Group. A collaboration between the Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies, this faith-inspired initiative’s pragmatic approach seeks to save innocent lives and bring perpetrators to justice.
Claudia was trafficked from Chile and forced […]