Only the People can now Save the Church in Ireland: Contribution in the Tablet

This week’s Tablet has a special focus on ‘Francis in Ireland,’ and I have contributed an article, ‘Only the People can now Save the Church in Ireland.’

The article can be read for free on the Tablet’s website after a Read more...

After Francis: What’s the Future for the Church in Ireland? On RTE Brainstorm

I have a new article on RTE’s Brainstorm, After Francis: What’s the Future for the Church in Ireland?

This is the first paragraph, but you can click here to read it in full:

Opinion: despite the changes since the Read more...

Understanding ‘No Religion’ – New Video on Vakuum via Peter Jost

You can watch a video of my talk, The Apocalypse for Religion: Understanding People who identify as ‘No Religion’, which I gave last week at Wake, an annual boutique festival in Belfast curated by Peter Rollins. The video title is … Read more...

The Apocalypse for Religion – at Peter Rollins’ Wake Festival

Today I had the privilege of participating in Wake, an annual boutique festival in Belfast, which is curated by Peter Rollins. It’s always a treat to catch up on Pete’s latest work, and to meet the people who come … Read more...

‘A treasure trove of inspirational stories’ – Religion’s contribution to public debate?

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, is an academic publication. But I always write with the hope that my research can have some sort of value in the ‘real world.’

So I am delighted that Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ cites Read more...

How Religion Still Matters in a Post-Catholic Ireland – Text of Keynote

Last week I had the opportunity to give a keynote address at a conference on ‘Irish Catholicism on Trial,’ a multidisciplinary event at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght. The title of my lecture was ‘Understanding Post-Catholic Ireland: Does Religion … Read more...

‘Irish Catholicism on Trial’: Keynote Lecture on ‘Does Religion Still Matter in a Post-Catholic Ireland?’, 6-7 Oct, Dublin

I am one of the keynote speakers at a conference next week on ‘Irish Catholicism on Trial,’ at IT Tallaght in Dublin. My address is titled, ‘Does Religion Still Matter in a Post-Catholic Ireland?’ It is scheduled for 4-5 pm … Read more...

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’ Read more...

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 … Read more...

And No Religion Too … Selected Insights from Workshop on Nones in Selected Countries

Last week I presented a paper at a workshop on ‘Nones in Selected Countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US – a Comparison,’ at the Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence at the University of Muenster, Germany.

My … Read more...