Archive | Sociology of Religion

Will we see the Liberalisation of Irish Catholicism? Comments in the Guardian

In continued coverage of the Republic of Ireland’s abortion referendum, I spoke with the Guardian about possible future directions for the Catholic Church in Ireland.  Gladys Ganiel, author of Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, said the result was not a fatal blow for the Catholic church but the continuation of a trend rejecting Catholic teaching. Church leaders […]

We are More than Orange & Green: My Contribution

The ‘We are More than Orange & Green’ Facebook page has been asking people from various walks of life and professions to answer four questions about contemporary Northern Ireland. If you are on Facebook, like the page to make sure you don’t miss any responses. Here’s my contribution: “Christians need to get that sense that […]

New Post on RTE Brainstorm – How Northern Ireland’s Future is in the Past

I have a new post on RTE’s Brainstorm website, ‘How Northern Ireland’s Future is in the Past.’ It picks up on themes of religion and reconciliation, in light of the upcoming consultation on dealing with the past.

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 […]

Learning from Presbyterian Responses to the Troubles – Seminar 18 May

I’ll be giving a seminar on ‘Learning from Presbyterian Responses to the Troubles,’ on 18 May in the Old Staff Common Room at Queen’s University. There will be a free lunch provided at 12.30, followed by my presentation at 1.00 pm. I will share initial findings from a major research project on how Presbyterians responded […]

‘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 […]

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 […]