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Review of Maher and O’Brien’s ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism’

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Beyond the Abuse Scandals? Review of Maher and O’Brien’s ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne and Beyond.’

Dermot Keogh on The Catholic Church and the Irish State – ‘It is better to begin to rebuild anew’

One of Ireland’s leading historians, Dermot Keogh, Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork, was a keynote speaker at the ‘Irish Catholicism on Trial’ conference, held 6-7 October at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, in Dublin. Keogh’s topic was ‘The Catholic Church and the Irish State.’ He drew on his years of scholarship to […]

Tom Inglis Reviews ‘Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland’: an ‘insightful & intelligent book’

Tom Inglis, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at University College Dublin, has reviewed my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity (Oxford, 2016) in the academic journal Journal of Contemporary Religion, V32(3) September 2017. I have reproduced portions of the review below. Tom Inglis Reviews Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland … In this insightful and intelligent book, Gladys Ganiel […]

Brexit & What did the Reformations Ever do for Us? Events at Agape

There are two interesting events coming up at the Agape Centre (Belfast South Methodist, 238 Lisburn Road). On Monday 16 October the Rev Dr Johnston McMaster continues his ‘Thinking Aloud’ series on ‘Imagining Northern Ireland Beyond Brexit,’ 7-9 pm, with tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival.  On Sunday 5 November at 7 pm there will […]

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation – Events and Insights from Northern Ireland

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The 31st October is remembered as the day when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, setting the wheels in motion for what would become a religious revolution that shaped the modern world. October will be a high point for debate […]

Religion and the Conflict in Northern Ireland: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? Upcoming Public Talks in Providence, UMaine and Bowdoin

Next week I will be speaking at three different universities on the East Coast of the United States on ‘Religion and the Conflict in Northern Ireland: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?’ All the events are free and open to the public. My talk will evaluate various scholars and commentators perspectives on […]

Fr Gerry Reynolds: Re-Imagining Difference through Prayer? – Watch Live Tomorrow from the Univ of Groningen

I’m excited to be taking part in a conference on ‘Re-Imagining Difference: Being, Thinking and Practicing Beyond Essentialism’ tomorrow at the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain (CRCPD) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The conference celebrates the five-year anniversary of CRCPD. I’ll be participating in a panel on ‘Conflict and Peacebuilding,’ […]

Thinking Aloud with Johnston McMaster: 11 Sept at Agape

If you are looking for someone with something wise to say about faith and politics, you can’t go wrong with Rev Dr Johnston McMaster. McMaster, a Methodist minister and popular author who worked for many years in adult education for the Irish School of Ecumenics, will be the speaker at the Agape’s Centre’s series ‘Thinking […]

Patrick Mitchel: Questions for the Churches from ‘Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland’

Sometimes you stumble upon something online that you really wish you had read a year ago. That was the case for me when an internet search for something else turned up a post on Patrick Mitchel’s thoughtful ‘Faith in Ireland’ blog. The post featured his reflections on his participation on an ‘Author Meets Critics’ panel […]