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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|1 Comment|

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 […]

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    The Marrakesh Declaration: A Muslim call for protection of religious minorities or freedom of religion?

The Marrakesh Declaration: A Muslim call for protection of religious minorities or freedom of religion?

In January last year more than 300 Sunni and Shia leaders from all over the world gathered in Marrakesh to formulate a Muslim call for protection of religious minorities. It is the first time in modern history that Muslim leaders have formulated such a clear rejection of religiously legitimated persecution and discrimination within the framework of international human rights. […]

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    Religion and Party Liking: How members of different faith communities feel about different political parties

Religion and Party Liking: How members of different faith communities feel about different political parties

Is religion likely to matter for British party politics in the coming election? Here Siobhan McAndrew investigates the most recent wave of the British Election Study online panel. She finds that overall religious affiliation matters for how people feel towards the major parties but there is a substantial overlap between religious affiliation and other identities and basic values.

Social scientists […]

May 18th, 2017|Featured, Latest|5 Comments|

Religion and the modernization of the body

Discourse analysis, social constructionism, rhetorical studies, literary studies and in general the linguistic turn have hijacked the actual, living breathing, recalcitrant and difficult body for research on texts. Of course, bodies are open for interpretation, but there is an important difference for example between age and ageing. In this discussion Bryan S. Turner looks at actual bio-medico-technical changes to […]

May 11th, 2017|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|

African Pentecostal churches in Britain’s urban spaces

Richard Burgess looks at a Nigerian Pentecostal church in the London borough of Islington and finds that the church’s ability to occupy a permanent and dedicated space has influenced its visibility in the public sphere.

Our ‘Pentecostalism in Britain’ series is in collaboration with Africa at LSE

In recent decades, London’s religious landscape has undergone significant changes due to the presence of […]

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    We need to talk about Mindfulness: The changing face of religion and the secular in the public sphere

We need to talk about Mindfulness: The changing face of religion and the secular in the public sphere

Over the last few years, the UK has emerged as one of the leading fronts in the global mindfulness movement. While this success is typically identified in strictly nonreligious terms, Alp Arat argues that it is sociologically lazy to classify such trends on purely secular grounds. Instead, he claims that the popularity of mindfulness meditation now raises important questions […]

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

Young, Muslim and British: Between rhetoric and realities

In Britain, public discourse on young Muslims tends to be framed in negative terms, associating them with religious extremism or terrorism. A new volume edited by Sadek Hamid focuses on other aspects of being young, Muslim and British. He finds that there is a multiplicity of young British Muslim experiences and their identities are not static but continuously evolving, […]

April 24th, 2017|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    On the complex relationship between the religious and the secular – proposing the notion of sedimentation

On the complex relationship between the religious and the secular – proposing the notion of sedimentation

Terminology that describes the categories of ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’ as two variables in a simple zero-sum-game are not sufficient says Karsten Lehman. In reality, complex historical processes mean these categories are dynamic and complex. Here Lehmann looks at how the Catholic NGO Pax Romana has changed its engagement with the UN over time. He proposes the notion […]