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How Religion Still Matters in a Post-Catholic Ireland – Text of Keynote

Last week I had the opportunity to give a keynote address at a conference on ‘Irish Catholicism on Trial,’ a multidisciplinary event at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght. The title of my lecture was ‘Understanding Post-Catholic Ireland: Does Religion Still Matter?’ The talk drew on my most recent book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland. You can read the full text […]

Reading Religion Review of Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: ‘action research at its best’

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, has been reviewed on the new Reading Religion website, a publication of the American Academy of Religion. The review is written by Amy Heath-Carpentier, a graduate student at California Institute of Integral Studies & Assistant Director, Washington University in St. Louis. Excerpts are reproduced below:  Much has […]

“Essential reading for anyone involved in Christian Church leadership in Ireland in 2016”: Steve Stockman Reviews Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Rev Steve Stockman, the minister at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast, has reviewed my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity.  Writing on his blog Soul Surmise, he says: For 20 years I have watched, and wrestled pastorally and missionally with what I have seen, as the spiritual landscape of Ireland changed out […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Godly Mayhem and Radical Theology: A Weekend with Rollins, Moody and Elerick

This past weekend the Progressive Christian Network and Student Christian Movement of Britain hosted a joint conference in Swanwick titled ‘Godly Mayhem,’ featuring Peter Rollins, Katharine Sarah Moody and George Elerick. Regular readers of this blog are likely familiar with the work of Rollins, a Belfast-born philosopher-theologian and one of the founders of the ikon […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Prof John Lennox at All Saint’s

This weekend for his ecumenical tithing Fr Martin Magill visited All Saint’s Church in Belfast, which hosted a special event with Professor John Lennox, professor of mathematics at Oxford University. Prof Lennox discussed the relationship between faith and science and made a case for Christianity as a viable alternative to the materialist philosophy and approach […]

Scottish Religious Cultures Network Launches Website

The new Scottish Religious Cultures Network (SRCN) has launched a website. SRCN is based at the University of Glasgow, but includes collaborators from across the UK and Ireland. It is funded by the Royals Society of Edinburgh’s research networking scheme. Although Scotland has never been the primary focus of my own research, I am part […]