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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 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.’

Crawford Gribben on the Rebirth of American Evangelicalism

Crawford Gribben, Professor of History at Queen’s University Belfast, has written a compelling review of recent scholarship on American evangelicalism for The American Interest. Surveying the most important research of the last several years, Gribben shows how there has been a ‘Third Great Awakening’ within contemporary American evangelicalism. He describes the character of this awakening among leaders and […]

Rubicon: Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

On Saturday I had the opportunity to speak at Rubicon in Dublin about  my forthcoming book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland.  Last week I was also able to unveil the cover for the book, which features a striking image by photographer David McDonald. (Thanks to everyone who participated in the Facebook poll to help choose the cover.) Rubicon […]

SSSR’s Distinguished Book Award for The Deconstructed Church

I’m pleased to share that my latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford, 2014) has been awarded the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s 2015 Distinguished Book Award. The announcement was made at the SSSR Annual Meeting in Newport Beach, California, 23-25 October. Founded in 1949, SSSR fosters interdisciplinary dialogue […]