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With Linda Woodhead and Stefania Palmisano – Women between Religion and Spirituality, 12 December in Padova

On Monday I spoke on ‘Spiritualities of Women Religious Peacebuilders: Mapping a Research Agenda,’ at an international workshop on ‘Women between Religion and Spirituality’, at the Human Rights Centre, University of Padova, Italy. Giuseppe Giordan organised and moderated the event, which included papers by Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University) on ‘Religion, Spirituality and ‘No Religion’,’ and Stefania […]

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 […]

Canon Giles Fraser to Speak on Refugees at St George’s, Belfast, 22 April

Canon Giles Fraser will speak on ‘Refugees: An Old Testament Perspective’ on Friday 22 April at 7.30pm at St George’s, Belfast. The lecture is part of St George’s Bicentenary Celebrations, 2013-2016. Fraser was formerly Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he welcomed the Occupy protesters and invited them to attend Sunday worship. He is now […]

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, […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – How can ‘The Salt of the Earth’ best ‘Proclaim the Mighty Acts of God’?

Today is the first day of the annual world-wide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18-25 January, which is book-ended by the octave of Saints Peter and Paul. This year’s theme, chosen by the Latvian churches, is ‘Salt of the Earth.’ This theme is inspired by Jesus’ metaphors of salt and light (Matthew 5:13-15) 13 “You […]

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 […]