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Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland Reviewed in Reviews in Religion & Theology by Vladimir Kmec

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, has been reviewed by Vladimir Kmec in the academic journal Reviews in Religion and Theology (January 2017, 24(1), pp. 98-101). Kmec is a Government of Ireland Post Doctoral Researcher at University College Dublin, focusing on Religion, Ethnicity and Migration: Contested Politics of Diversity and Belonging. He also is affiliated with […]

Has the Ecumenical Movement a Future? Rev Prof John Thompson Booklet Still Relevant for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionally celebrated during the octave of St Peter and St Paul (18-25 January), is underway. The theme for 2017 is “Crossing Barriers,” and the materials were prepared by the churches in Germany. Using 2 Corinthians 5:14-20 as a reference point, Germany’s Christians chose to focus on dividing “walls” […]

Reconciliation and Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe: Reviews of Joram Tarusarira’s Book

The ‘Religion Factor’ blog has published two reviews of a new book by Joram Tarusarira, Reconciliation and Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe (Routledge, 2016). Tarusarira is Assistant Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I am the author of one of the reviews, ‘Can Religion Promote Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?’ As some readers […]

What do Christian Converts from Islam think about God? Guest Post by Duane Miller

Duane A. Miller, a lecturer in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies and St Mary’s University in San Antonio, has written a book detailing the perspectives of Muslims who have converted to Christianity, Living among the Breakage: Contextual Theology-making and ex-Muslim Christians (Pickwick, 2016). Miller has written a short guest post for this […]

Remembering Fr Gerry Reynolds on his First Anniversary – Trailblazer for Reconciliation

Today is the first anniversary of the death of Fr Gerry Reynolds. Gerry was a Redemptorist priest based at Clonard Monastery in Belfast. His gentle, pastoral manner earned him the affection and respect of those who encountered him, while his contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process earned him international acclaim when the Clonard Monastery-Fitzroy […]

The Deconstructed Church at the American Academy of Religion – Report on Authors Meet Critics Session

I was delighted that my book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford, 2014) was selected for an Authors meet Critics panel at the conference of the American Academy of Religion, 19-22 November in San Antonio. The panel included: Chair: Melissa Snarr (Vanderbilt), and Discussants: Douglas Gay (Glasgow), Matthew Guest (Durham), […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: A Contribution from the Fermanagh Churches Forum

  Last week I was invited to speak about my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity,’ at the Annual General Meeting of the Fermanagh Churches Forum (FCF) at the Bridge Centre, Enniskillen. FCF was one of the main case studies in the book, so I was delighted to be able to […]

Rev Ken Newell’s Captured by a Vision: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a review of Rev Ken Newell’s book, ‘Captured by a Vision.’  Newell, a former minister at Fitzroy Presbyterian in Belfast, is best-known for his ecumenical peacemaking during the Troubles. Newell partnered with his friend the late Fr Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery, and a group […]

Brian Conway Reviews Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: ‘A superb book for students of religion’

Brian Conway, a lecturer in Sociology at Maynooth University, has reviewed my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, in the academic journal Irish Theological Quarterly 81(4), 2016.  I’ve reproduced excerpts from the review below. I particularly appreciate how Brian raises questions about how the concept of ‘extra-institutional religion,’ that is described in the book, might […]