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    How evangelical religion contributed to peace in Northern Ireland – and what we can learn from it

How evangelical religion contributed to peace in Northern Ireland – and what we can learn from it

Gladys Ganiel explores the role of ECONI – an evangelical Protestant organisation – during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. ECONI’s effectiveness rests in part on its credibility: its evangelical identity provided it with a legitimacy that some ecumenical peacebuilding organisations lacked.

Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilisations emphasised the destructive capacities of religion, contributing to a popular consciousness that religion is simply […]

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    Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: the role of religious civil society

Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: the role of religious civil society

Strengthening Afghan civil society has been seen as central to the post-2001 peacebuilding process by national and international actors engaged in Afghanistan. But limited attention has been given to who are considered civil society actors and what role religious actors could play. Kaja Borchgrevink revisits her work on Afghan civil society 10 years on arguing that more consideration needs […]

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    Disused churches: documenting the adaptive reuse of religious buildings

Disused churches: documenting the adaptive reuse of religious buildings

The Xhurches project documents how religious buildings are being repurposed all over the world. Here the projects co-director Van Pham discusses how these spaces are being reimagined and what this tells us about the notion of religion, spiritual practice and community today.
Repurposing spaces in the urban landscape can be a tactic that retains some connection, however diffuse, to our […]

July 28th, 2017|Featured, Latest|2 Comments|

The crucial role faith communities play at times of crisis

A new report from the Woolf Institute finds that local communities – especially faith and other minority groups – are increasingly important in times of crisis, from austerity and the migration crisis to political instability. Here the report authors Jan-Jonathan Bock and Sami Everett discuss their findings.

Our ethnographic research since 2015 for the Woolf Institute “Trust in Crisis” project […]

July 20th, 2017|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    Prevent: Approval amongst teachers and education practitioners differs along ethnic lines

Prevent: Approval amongst teachers and education practitioners differs along ethnic lines

A new study looks at the impact of the Prevent duty in schools and colleges across the UK. The report, published last week, finds there is a disparity along ethnic lines amongst teachers and education practitioners regarding levels of approval towards the statutory duty writes Louis Caresrides.

As part of the national counter-terror strategy, schools and colleges have been identified […]

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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

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 trend. The results indicate that globalisation is a contributing factor to the increase in […]

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    #LSEreligionLecture: “The West has two approaches available: ‘religious rights’ or ‘religious toleration’ ” – John Milbank

#LSEreligionLecture: “The West has two approaches available: ‘religious rights’ or ‘religious toleration’ ” – John Milbank

In February, John Milbank gave a lecture at LSE entitled The End of Religious Freedom and the Return of Religious Influence as part of LSE’s Religion and the Public sphere lecture series. Here, Jacob Phillips reviews the event.

After the General Election, spare a thought for those theologians who learned their craft in the shadow of John Milbank. Milbank’s name is inseparable from a set of […]

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    Tim Farron, Conservative Evangelicalism and the public sphere

Tim Farron, Conservative Evangelicalism and the public sphere

Tim Farron resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats last week saying that he felt it was no longer possible to reconcile his faith and his leadership. Here Anna Strhan explores her recent research on Evangelical Christians finding that a deeper understanding of the nuances and varieties of contemporary evangelicalism in the UK is needed.

In his resignation speech as […]

June 19th, 2017|Featured, Latest|4 Comments|

Trump, climate change and white US Evangelicalism

President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord last week was made possible by the rise of a climate-denying faction within white US Evangelicalism. Over the past decade this growing faction has come to regard the very idea of climate change as a threat to their identity, presenting climate discourse as a cultural attack on the embattled Christian identity.  […]

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    Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

The emergence of anti-homosexuality politics in Africa is often explained with reference to religion. Although religion is a major factor in fuelling homophobia in Africa, the Bible and the Christian faith are not only sites of struggle but have also been appropriated by African LGBT activists in support of their cause. Adriaan van Klinken says we need to move beyond a […]