Archive | Secularisation

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 The Nonreligious, Emerging Church and the Institutional Church. The video was produced by Peter Jost,  a theologian and church […]

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 from afar to experience Belfast and explore ideas together. While the residential festival is full, there […]

How Churches are Missing their Opportunity – New Post on the Conversation

There is a new post on the Conversation, written by Prof John Brewer and me, ‘How Churches are Missing their Opportunity to help build Peace in Northern Ireland.’ The reflections are framed around tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. This post is a good companion piece for today’s BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief […]

Fr Gerry Reynolds and the Changing Role of the Catholic Media, 1969-1975

Next week I am part of a panel on ‘Christian Modernities in Britain and Ireland in the 20th Century,’ at the European Social Science History Conference at Queen’s University, Belfast. I’ll be presenting a paper on ‘The Communications Revolution in Ireland and the Changing Role of the Catholic Media: Fr Gerry Reynolds and Intercom, 1969-1975.’ […]

‘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 Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland in his chapter in the recent book, A Dialogue of Hope: Critical […]

Response to ‘The Signs of Our Times’ in A Dialogue of Hope: Christianity Meets Civic Republicanism?

On Friday I had the opportunity to respond to the opening chapter in a new book edited by Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, A Dialogue of Hope: Critical Thinking for Critical Times (Messenger Publications, 2017). There was a discussion workshop about the book at Queen’s University called, ‘Hope in Turbulent Times,’ the aim of which was to promote ‘constructive […]

Dialogue between the Religious and the Secular: ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ Workshop, 23 March in Queen’s

I’ll be participating in a workshop on ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ on Friday 23 March, 11 am- 5 pm, in the Old Staff Common Room at Queen’s University Belfast. The workshop hopes to promote ‘constructive engagement and dialogue between secularists and religious believers, in order to imagine an alternative narrative for our day.’ The workshop […]

The Life and Legacy of Billy Graham – In Conversation on Radio Ulster

Following the death of American evangelist Billy Graham last week, I took part in a conversation about his life and legacy on Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence. You can listen to it here as the first item on the BBC’s Everyday Ethics podcast: http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p05z9fvr.mp3   The other contributors were Stefan Andreasson, a political economist, and Chris […]

Priests of the Future? Fathers Pat and Gerry Reynolds

There’s a moving tribute to a priest in today’s Irish Times, written by a chaplain, Michael Commane, who encountered Fr Pat Reynolds during his final days in Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin. Commane’s reflections on Reynolds’ last days remind us that while the institutional Catholic Church seems to have let so many people down, there are […]

50% off ‘Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland’ in Oxford’s Christmas Sale

I’ve long lamented the high price of academic books, so I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, is featured in Oxford University Press’ 50% off Christmas Sale.  That means you can pick up a copy for £30. It’s still pricier than a Stephen King paperback, I’m afraid (and […]

Listen to Prof John Brewer on Theology and Sociology

I posted last week about an event that was to take place in the Queen’s University Religious Studies Forum, a lecture by Prof John Brewer on Theology and Sociology. I’ve just received a comment on my post from ‘a student of sociology’ who has been searching for the lecture. The lecture was recorded, and all […]