The Challenge of Living out Pyrotheology in the Real World: Peter Rollins’ Tricks of the Light Festival

Last week I spoke and participated at ‘Tricks of the Light,’ a festival curated by Peter Rollins in Belfast. Many readers of this blog are familiar with Rollins’ theological work, which he has characterised as ‘pyrotheology.’ One of my talks was titled ‘The Challenge of Living out Pyrotheology in the Real World, which I produce […]

Rowan Williams Speaks Tonight on Fundamentalism at St George’s, Belfast

Lord Rowan Williams will speak tonight (24 April) on ‘Fundamentalism, Christian and Non-Christian’, at the second annual lecture to mark the bicentenary celebrations of St George’s Parish Church, High Street, Belfast,  at 7.30pm . Lord Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, is currently Master of Magdelene College, Cambridge. The lecture will be followed by a discussion chaired […]

QUB Conflict Transformation Festival with George Mitchell and Nuala O’Loan: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, providing details about the Spring Festival of Events organised by Queen’s University’s Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, where I work. The festival runs 22 April-28 May and features keynote events from Senator George Mitchell, chair of the peace talks that […]

Response to Dr Jenny Taylor’s Catherwood Lecture, ‘When Words Fail …’

I was a respondent to Dr Jenny Taylor’s Catherwood Lecture, ‘When Words Fail: Religious Literacy and Post-Multicultural Possibilities’ on Thursday evening. The Catherwood Lecture is an annual event organised by Contemporary Christianity. You can read my short summary of Taylor’s main points here, and my own remarks below. (I shortened remarks on the evening, so I […]

Catherwood Lecture: Jenny Taylor on Religious Literacy and Post-Multicultural Possibilities

Dr Jenny Taylor spoke on ‘When Words Fail: Religious Literacy and Post-Multicultural Possibilities’ at Contemporary Christianity’s annual Catherwood Lecture in Public Theology on Thursday evening. Will Leitch of the BBC and I were respondents to Taylor’s lecture. You can read my full remarks here. Taylor is a cultural analyst, journalist, author and founder of Lapido Media, a […]

Peter Rollins: God is Undead – Lecture Review & Start of Fringe Festival Tonight with John Caputo

Are we haunted by a god(s) we don’t believe in? That was one of the fundamental questions raised by Peter Rollins in a lecture on Sunday afternoon, ‘God is Undead: The Religion of New Atheism,’ in the Seedhead Arts’ Faculty Lecture series in the Black Box in Belfast. Rollins is probably best known around these […]

Catherwood Lecture in Public Theology on Thursday: Jenny Taylor on Religious Literacy & Post-Multicultural Possibilities

Contemporary Christianity’s annual Catherwood Lecture in Public Theology will take place Thursday 16 April at 8 pm (7.30 for tea and coffee) at the Agape Centre, 238 Lisburn Road in Belfast. Dr Jenny Taylor,  a cultural analyst, journalist, author and founder of Lapido Media, a consultancy specialising in religious literacy in world affairs, will speak […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Shankill Gospel Hall

This week Fr Martin Magill makes a welcome return with a post about his latest adventures in ‘ecumenical tithing.’ He dropped into the Shankill Gospel Hall after noticing its open door when he was out cycling. He describes a number of new experiences, and being given a gift of a King James Version bible after the […]

Peter Rollins in Belfast, 12-17 April: God is Undead Lecture & Tricks of the Light Fringe Pass

Peter Rollins, the Belfast-born philosopher and popular conversation partner in the international Emerging Church Movement, will be in his home city next week with a series of events that are open to the general public. Yesterday, I reviewed his latest book on this blog: The Divine Magician. The events Rollins has planned will doubtless pick […]