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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|
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    The Politics of a National Cathedral in Ghana: A Symbol of a Corrupted Government, or Reaching Wakanda?

The Politics of a National Cathedral in Ghana: A Symbol of a Corrupted Government, or Reaching Wakanda?

The plan to build a National Cathedral has sparked intense debate on the relationship between the political and the religious elite in Ghana, writes George M. Bob-Milliar and Karen Lauterbach. The National Cathedral project symbolizes a new, more direct and visible linkage between the Christian and political elites in Ghana. At the same time, the reactions it has provoked […]

January 21st, 2019|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    ‘Religious minorities are especially vulnerable’: Intersectional identity and international aid

‘Religious minorities are especially vulnerable’: Intersectional identity and international aid

In a call for smarter international development policy, Matthew D. Rees explores how religious identity intersects with other marginalised identities to render religious minorities especially vulnerable around the world.

On 19 February 2018 Boko Haram kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the town of Dapchi, southern Yobe State in Nigeria. At the sound of gunshots, one […]

January 15th, 2019|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|

Brexit, Democracy and the Sacred

There is no way back to a United Kingdom without some form of sacrifice, writes Jonathan Rowson. A second referendum in which an option to remain in the EU requires a supermajority could be a step in the right direction.

Why has Brexit led the UK to such an absurd situation? We are told the army is preparing to be […]

January 11th, 2019|Featured, Latest|2 Comments|

What do secularists mean by ‘secularism’?

In a helpful exploration of the term, Jeremy Rodell identifies three core principles of secularism: institutional separation, freedom of belief and no discrimination on grounds of religion. These conditions allow for ‘competing concepts of the good life’ to be pursued in society.

When secularists talk about secularism, they are talking about a political idea, a way of organising a state […]

January 9th, 2019|Featured, Latest|2 Comments|
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    ‘A lived, situated and constantly changing reality’: Why religion is relevant to the pursuit of social progress

‘A lived, situated and constantly changing reality’: Why religion is relevant to the pursuit of social progress

An international panel of social scientists has produced a ground-breaking interdisciplinary report on the need to better understand how social progress can be pursued. As lead authors of the report’s religion chapter, Grace Davie and Nancy Ammerman outline why many assumptions about religion are unhelpful and counter-productive. Instead, the specific cultural situations must be carefully analysed.

Does religion contribute to […]

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    The Religion Gap: Why right-wing populists underperform among Christian voters and what this means for the role of the Church in society

The Religion Gap: Why right-wing populists underperform among Christian voters and what this means for the role of the Church in society

As Tobias Cremer outlines, to understand this regional phenomenon it is essential to focus on specific national contexts. In Bavaria, most voters to have abandoned the Christian democrats moved left to the Greens rather than to the AfD on the right. Tobias explains that, in Germany, the mainstream churches are outspoken in their condemnation of such movements and have […]