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Review of The Deconstructed Church in Church History by Randall Reed – ‘a masterful explanation of a potentially important movement’

The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford University Press), my 2014 book co-authored with Gerardo Marti, has been reviewed in Church History (March 2017) by Dr Randall Reed, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University. Gerardo and I have been gratified that the book has been reviewed in so many scholarly and […]

Book Review: KS Moody’s Radical Theology and Emerging Christianity – A Must-Read

If you are interested in the Emerging Church Movement (ECM) and haven’t yet had a chance to read Katharine Sarah Moody’s Radical Theology and Emerging Christianity: Deconstruction, Materialism and Religious Practices (Ashgate, 2015), you should definitely add it to your summer reading list. It is a ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in the ECM. The book […]

The Absurdity of De-Institutionalised Religion: Peter Rollins’ Wake Festival

Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking about my research at philosopher-theologian Peter Rollins’ annual festival in Belfast. The theme this year is ‘Wake’ and most talks feature theological exploration, ranging from Rollins’ own work to that of other ‘radical’ theologians. Other events include art, music, magic, comedy, whisky tasting, and tours. A sociologist of religion like me doesn’t often […]

Caring for Carers? 4 Corners, Cliftonville FC & Rethinking Public Policy: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Caring for Carers? 4 Corners, Cliftonville FC & Rethinking Public Policy (Image sourced on 4 Corners Festival webpage. Front, left to right: Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, Rev Steve Stockman (4 Corners), Gerard Lawlor (Cliftonville FC), Joe Gormely (Clinftonville FC), Fr Martin Magill (4 Corners); Back, left […]

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), […]

The Deconstructed Church: Reviewed in Ecclesial Practices by Ralph Kunz

My 2014 book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, co-authored by Gerardo Marti, has been reviewed by Ralph Kunz of the University of Zurich in the academic journal Ecclesial Practices (2016, V3(1): 150-153). You can read the full review on academia.edu. I have reproduced some excerpts below. The Deconstructed Church Reviewed by Ralph Kunz In the basement of a pub […]

“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 […]

Peter Rollins in Belfast Tomorrow: The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

Belfast’s Peter Rollins is back in his hometown and will speak tomorrow at 8-9.30 pm in Redeemer Central (101 Donegall Street) on ‘The Positive Power of Negative Thinking.’ I always look forward to Pete’s return visits from his base in California — it’s an opportunity to check in with his current thinking and (hopefully) have my […]

The Deconstructed Church: Freestyle Christianity Podcast

I recently spoke with David Capener for the Freestyle Christianity Podcast about the book I co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford, 2014). You can listen to the podcast here. Some of the areas we discussed are expressed in the following extracts/paraphrased quotations: I write as an academic sociologist of religion, […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Video of My Talk at Rubicon

Back in November, I spoke at the Rubicon conference about my latest book — due out next week — Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland.  The research that I conducted for my book speaks directly to how Ireland’s historically Catholic culture has changed and is changing. In particular, it explores how people who are on the margins of the […]

Review of Padraig O Tuama’s ‘In the Shelter’: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Nourishing Reading for the Season: Pádraig Ó Tuama’s ‘In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World.’