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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 […]

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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.

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May 18th, 2017|Featured, Latest|6 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|