Scottish-Irish Conversation on Sectarianism, Friday 17 August

250px-ScottishParliamentFrontI’ll be taking part in a panel discussion on Scottish and Irish sectarianism on Friday 17 August at the Edinburgh Politics Festival. The discussion is set for 10-11 am in Committee Room 1 of the Scottish Parliament.

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Ikonbelt: (Don’t) Be There, August 25

ikonbeltDespite my wanderings in the evangelical world, I’ve somehow managed never to attend Greenbelt, or take an Alpha Course. I am not quite sure how I have (unintentionally) avoided them.

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Is Ireland Abandoning Religion? New Post on Slugger O’Toole

churchyardI have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog titled, ‘Is Ireland Abandoning Religion?’ It’s a response to a poll by Red C published in today’s Belfast Telegraph, indicating that religion is declining in the Republic of Ireland at … Read more...

What’s Appealing about the Emerging Church?

crossIn a comment on my recent review of Letters to a Future Church, Ray Beere writes:

Interesting review. You said that you sympathise with the emerging church. What is it that you find appealing in this movement? Seeking answers.

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“It’s Not a Problem for God”: Reflecting on the Decline in Trust in Religious Institutions

Last month, a Gallup Poll revealed that Americans’ trust in religious institutions continues to decline. Just 44% of Americans say that they ‘have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in “the church or organized religion” today.’ … Read more...

Kester Brewin Book Review: Mutiny! Why We Love Pirates and How They Can Save Us

mutinyLast month, before leaving on holiday, my husband wanted to check the books I was taking to make sure that I was getting a break from my two main interests: ‘God and running,’ as he summarised it. My copy of … Read more...

The End of Secularisation in Europe?

book-shall-the-religious1-227x300There has been much hand-wringing among Western Christians about the so-called process of secularisation. Many seem to feel threatened by the various measurements of religious decline that are provided as evidence of secularisation, such as declines in:

  • attendance at church
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