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Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? Keynote at ICC’s AGM

I was the keynote speaker at today’s Annual General Meeting of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) at Belfast Central Mission. My address was titled, ‘Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? The Sociological Reasons for Hope.’ I have reproduced the introduction to my address below. You can read the full text here: ICC […]

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 […]

Joram Tarusarira on Fr Gerry Reynolds: Lessons for Global Conflicts

Dr Joram Tarusarira, Assistant Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, has written a post on ‘The Religion Factor’ blog in memory of the first anniversary of the death of Fr Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery in Belfast. The post, ‘Remembering the Peacemaker Priest in Northern Ireland: Fr […]

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 […]

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 […]

My New Book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, on Newstalk with Sean Moncrieff

Yesterday I was interviewed on Newstalk FM about my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity. You can listen to the full interview (about 12 minutes) below, where host Sean Moncrieff asks some wide-ranging questions. I explain what I mean by post-Catholic, characterising it as a shift in consciousness in which the […]

Ireland as a Post-Catholic Religious Market? The Church in a Pluralist Society Conference

Last week I presented a paper, ‘Ireland as a Post-Catholic Religious Market? The Role of Extra-Institutional Religion,’ at a conference on ‘The Church in a Pluralist Society,’ hosted by the Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin.  The talk was based on my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity. The paper explored three claims […]

“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 […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland – Author Meets Critics Session

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity (Oxford 2016) was launched Tuesday at the Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE), Trinity College Dublin, with an ‘author meets critics’ session.     Brian Conway (NUI Maynooth), Siobhán Garrigan (Loyola Institute, TCD), and Patrick Mitchel (Belfast Bible College) formed the panel. The book was […]

Canon Giles Fraser to Speak on Refugees at St George’s, Belfast, 22 April

Canon Giles Fraser will speak on ‘Refugees: An Old Testament Perspective’ on Friday 22 April at 7.30pm at St George’s, Belfast. The lecture is part of St George’s Bicentenary Celebrations, 2013-2016. Fraser was formerly Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he welcomed the Occupy protesters and invited them to attend Sunday worship. He is now […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Book Launch and Author Meets Critics Session on 12 April in Dublin

I’m delighted to announce that the launch of my new book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity (Oxford, 2016) will be marked with an Author Meets Critics session at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Dublin on 12 April at 6 pm. I’m looking forward to hearing what the readers have to say about the […]