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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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.’

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 […]

Review of The Deconstructed Church in Journal of Contemporary Religion by Matthew Guest

My latest book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, has been reviewed by Matthew Guest in the academic publication Journal of Contemporary Religion (October 2015, pp. 544-546). You can read the review in full on academia.edu, but I have reproduced some excerpts below: Review of The Deconstructed Church in Journal of Contemporary Religion by Matthew […]

The Deconstructed Church Reviewed by James Spickard in American Journal of Sociology

My latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford 2014) has been reviewed by James Spickard in the American Journal of Sociology. You can read the full review on my academia.edu profile. There are selected excerpts below. Review by James Spickard, American Journal of Sociology What should a relevant Christianity […]

My Radical Theology Sermon for Peter Rollins’ Tricks of the Light

Peter Rollins has begun posting a series of videos of radical theology ‘sermons,’ and this week he features a talk I gave at his ‘Tricks of the Light’ event in Belfast in April. As a sociologist I am not sure my contribution fits in the genre of ‘sermon,’ but if it offers a critical perspective […]

The Deconstructed Church Reviewed in Religion by Stephen Fouse

There’s been another review of my latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford 2014), written by Stephen Fouse of Missouri State University and published in the academic journal Religion. I reproduce some excerpts from the review below, which can be read in full on my academia.edu profile. The Deconstructed Church Reviewed by […]