My Radical Theology Sermon for Peter Rollins’ Tricks of the Light

Peter Rollins has begun posting a series of videos of radical theology ‘sermons,’ and this week he features a talk I gave at his ‘Tricks of the Light’ event in Belfast in April. As a sociologist I am not sure my contribution fits in the genre of ‘sermon,’ but if it offers a critical perspective […]

The Deconstructed Church Reviewed in Religion by Stephen Fouse

There’s been another review of my latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford 2014), written by Stephen Fouse of Missouri State University and published in the academic journal Religion. I reproduce some excerpts from the review below, which can be read in full on my profile. The Deconstructed Church Reviewed by […]

Fr Charlie Burrows and Students Visit the Pesantren

Today Fr Charlie Burrows, an Irish missionary priest serving in Chilachap, Java, Indonesia, offers another blog post about ongoing efforts towards dialogue and encounter with Muslims. Last month, he described the visit of students from the local Muslim Pesantren school to his church, which included seeing a Christian wedding. Now, he writes about a return visit […]

The Canadian TRC: Convincing the Nation of the Need for Reconciliation?

The latest newsletter of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast features an analysis of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which just last month released its report. It’s written by Christina Williamson, a Visiting Research Associate in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, […]

Grace Davie – Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox, Book Review

Grace Davie’s 1994 book, Religion in Britain since 1994: Believing without Belonging, has become a classic in the sociology of religion and its memorable subtitle has even filtered into the popular consciousness. I’ve heard clerics and Christian activists use the term ‘believing without belonging’ to describe the dynamic where church attendance has declined, but people […]

Fr Charlie Burrows Guest Post: Muslim Guests at a Christian Wedding

Fr Charlie Burrows, an Irish priest serving in Chilachap on Java’s southern coast in Indonesia, is well known for cultivating good relations between Christians and Muslims in his local area. In his latest contribution to this blog, he describes an encounter when Muslim children visited his church after a Christian wedding ceremony, providing an example of […]

Will Northern Ireland Institutional Abuse Inquiry Include Redress for Victims?

This week, Northern Ireland’s institutional abuse inquiry examines one of the most notorious abusers, Fr Brendan Smyth. Reports yesterday included evidence that he told a doctor in 1994: “Over the years of religious life, it could be that I’ve sexually abused between 50 and 100 children. That number could have been doubled, or perhaps even more.” […]

Review of Religion in Times of Crisis in Numen, by Chaminda Weerawardhana

A book I co-edited with Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot, Religion in Times of Crisis (Brill 2014), has been reviewed in Numen (Vol 62, pp. 484-486, 2015) by Chaminda Weerawardhana from Queen’s University Belfast. Weerawardhana also spoke at the launch of the book at the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network’s bi-annual meeting in Belfast in […]

The Deconstructed Church Reviewed in Sociology of Religion, by Josh Packard

The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford 2014), which I co-authored with Gerardo Marti, has been reviewed by Josh Packard from the University of Northern Colorado in the academic journal Sociology of Religion (you can read the full review on Below are some excerpts from the review. Review of The Deconstructed Church by Josh Packard in Sociology of Religion Marti and […]

Book Launch: Belfast – Towards a City Without Walls by Vicky Cosstick, 11 June

A new book by journalist Vicky Cosstick, Belfast: Towards a City Without Walls, will be launched tomorrow, Thursday 11 June, at the Red Barn Gallery, 43b Rosemary Street, Belfast, from 6 pm onwards. The guest speaker is Rev Lesley Carroll. There will also be an exhibition of photos by Frankie Quinn. Cosstick spoke about her book at […]