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    Faith and International Development: Beyond Secular Assumptions

Faith and International Development: Beyond Secular Assumptions

On Friday 8 March, Faith Centre director James Walters delivered a lecture for the LSE International Development department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development series. Two of the Department’s students, Krista Kartson and Emily Featherstone, share their thoughts on this thought-provoking talk regarding the role of faith in international development.

What feeling do you get when you think about mixing religion […]

March 22nd, 2019|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|

Professor David Martin (1929 – 2019)

LSE is sad to learn of the death of Professor David Martin, a prominent member of the LSE Sociology Department for nearly three decades. Here, friend and fellow sociologist of religion Grace Davie reflects on his legacy.

I have known David Martin for just over fifty years. We met in the late 60s when I was a graduate student in […]

March 13th, 2019|Featured, Latest|2 Comments|
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    LSE FESTIVAL 2019 PODCAST: ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: populism and religious identity in the West

LSE FESTIVAL 2019 PODCAST: ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: populism and religious identity in the West

In an apparently ever-less-religious West, how has Christian identity, however indirectly, been used as a focal point for populist discontent?

This is the recording of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: populism and religious identity in the West, an LSE Festival event we hosted on Saturday 2 March 2019.

Chair: James Walters
Panellists: Tobias Cremer, Zubaida Haque

For more on this topic, see our Populism and […]

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    EVENT VIDEO: ‘Faith & Philanthropy: Is religion a force for good?’

EVENT VIDEO: ‘Faith & Philanthropy: Is religion a force for good?’

This is the recording of ‘Faith & Philanthropy: Is religion a force for good?’, an event hosted by the LSE’s Marshall Institute on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

Chair: Stephan Chambers
Panellists: Iqbal Nasim, Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, Revd Canon Dr James Walters

This video was originally posted on LSE’s YouTube channel.

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    The spectrum of war and peace: Lessons from Northern Ireland for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The spectrum of war and peace: Lessons from Northern Ireland for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Through the organisation Search for Common Ground, a group of religious Israeli men and women flew to Belfast to learn about the Northern Irish peace process. Tirza Kelman reflects on the trip, the people they met, and what the peace process can teach Israelis and Palestinians about their conflict.

From Israel to Northern Ireland

The trip was part of a wider […]

March 5th, 2019|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    What could happen to Shamima Begum’s child? A Family law perspective

What could happen to Shamima Begum’s child? A Family law perspective

The re-appearance of 19-year-old Londoner Shamima Begum, now in a Syrian refugee camp with a newborn baby, has prompted an impassioned debate as to whether, and how, she should be allowed to return to the UK. Fatima Ahdash offers a welcome legal perspective on the story. She considers the growing body of case law concerning child protection within a […]

Populism and Religion: A Conclusion

Daniel Coyne brings together the contributions to the Populism and Religion series. He suggests that transcendental allusions are an inescapable part of politics and not simply a tactic deployed by demagogues. The defenders of liberal democracy must recognise this, and combine smart policy with a compelling vision that adequately addresses public concerns.

Populism seems to be everywhere, both the word […]

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    Loving Your Neighbour in an Age of Religious Conflict: A New Agenda for Interfaith Relations

Loving Your Neighbour in an Age of Religious Conflict: A New Agenda for Interfaith Relations

In a time of religious resurgence and a weakening liberal order, James Walters’ new book serves as a practical real-world guide on strengthening interfaith relations. Genuine dialogue, rooted in an honesty that takes us beyond Western preconceptions, must occur at all levels of society. This can pave the way for radical social transformation in which the wisdom of religious […]

February 6th, 2019|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    Increased internationalism: How religious belief encourages cooperative and militant foreign policy views

Increased internationalism: How religious belief encourages cooperative and militant foreign policy views

In a recent study, Ivica Petrikova has found that religious believers are more likely to support an ‘internationalist’ foreign policy. Believers are likely to be more militant and also tend to be more cooperative in their foreign policy outlook. This is evidence of religion’s twin tendency to foster both hostility to others and an altruistic universalism.

Recent events including the […]

January 29th, 2019|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|

Torn From Home: Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

This is the text of Rabbi David Mason’s address at the LSE Faith Centre’s 2019 Holocaust Memorial Day service.

I often visit Poland. It is actually where my in-laws live – my wife is from Lodz, Poland. And I have often taken groups there from the Synagogues I have led. Poland is a country with a small number of non-Poles, […]

January 25th, 2019|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|