Archive | Sociology of Religion

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 paper was titled ‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the ending of Ethno-Religious Violence […]

‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence and Institutional Abuse Contributed to the Rise of ‘No Religion’?

I presented a paper today on “‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence and Institutional Abuse Contributed to the Rise of ‘No Religion’?” It was part of a workshop on “ ‘Nones’ in selected countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US: A Comparison,” hosted by the ‘Religion and […]

Workshop on Nones in Selected Countries, Muenster, 4-5 May

I’m in Muenster today and tomorrow for a workshop on ‘Nones’ in selected countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US: A Comparison. It’s hosted by the ‘Religion and Politics’ Cluster of Excellence at Muenster University. I’m presenting my paper today on ‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence […]

From Religious Illiteracy to Muslim Prayer Rooms – Exploring Religious Freedom in Northern Ireland

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice’s Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation opened yesterday (26 April) with a panel discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Religious Freedom on Campus and in the Community.’ The full festival programme can be found here. I organised and chaired the panel. The idea for the event was […]

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 […]

Free Lunch & Discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Freedom of Religion on Campus and in the Community,’ 26 April at Queen’s

In March 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that employers could ban staff from wearing religious and political symbols. This ruling highlights how fears of religious radicalisation and threats to religious freedom are common across Europe. The ruling also raises questions about discrimination against Muslim women in particular. The Senator George […]

How did Presbyterians Respond to the Troubles? Apply for a 6-Month Post-Doc Post with the Presbyterian Church (based at Queen’s) and me

I am really excited to be the principal researcher on a new project, ‘Reconciliation through Dealing with the Past: Learning from Presbyterian Responses to the Troubles.’ We are now advertising for a post-doctoral research fellow to assist with interviewing around 100 Presbyterians, who will tell their stories about their experiences of the Troubles. Interviews will […]

What is the Future of Catholicism in Ireland? Newstalk Breakfast with Fr Gerry O’Hanlon

Fr Gerry O’Hanlon, a Jesuit priest, was interviewed yesterday morning on the Newstalk Breakfast radio show. O’Hanlon referenced a number of issues that are raised in the latest issue of the Jesuit journal Studies, which has ‘The Future of Irish Catholicism’ as its theme. O’Hanlon has written the lead article in the special issue, which also […]

Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? Keynote at ICC’s AGM

I was the keynote speaker at today’s Annual General Meeting of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) at Belfast Central Mission. My address was titled, ‘Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? The Sociological Reasons for Hope.’ I have reproduced the introduction to my address below. You can read the full text here: ICC […]

‘To have that Image in your mind is Powerful and Transformative’ – Discussion on Faith in Northern Ireland on All Things Considered, BBC Radio Wales

  I was part of a discussion on ‘Faith in Northern Ireland’ on Sunday’s BBC Radio Wales religious affairs programme, All Things Considered, hosted by Roy Jenkins. The other panellists were Rev Brian Anderson, a Methodist minister and Vice President of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC), and Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela […]