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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:   The other contributors were Stefan Andreasson, a political economist, and Chris […]

Mark Noll in Belfast – 2-7 February

Acclaimed American historian of religion Mark Noll is visiting Belfast, and there are several opportunities to hear him speak over the next few days. In 2005, Mark Noll was named as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America by Time magazine. Recently retired from the chair as Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at […]

Peter Steinfels on the Media and the Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal: Conference on The Church in a Pluralist Society

This week the Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin is hosting an international interdisciplinary conference on ‘The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence?’ The speakers include Terry Eagleton, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Hans Joas, William Cavanaugh, and Siobhán Garrigan, among others. Yesterday Peter Steinfels delivered a keynote address on ‘The […]

Crawford Gribben on the Rebirth of American Evangelicalism

Crawford Gribben, Professor of History at Queen’s University Belfast, has written a compelling review of recent scholarship on American evangelicalism for The American Interest. Surveying the most important research of the last several years, Gribben shows how there has been a ‘Third Great Awakening’ within contemporary American evangelicalism. He describes the character of this awakening among leaders and […]

Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland – Available at a Discount

I recently learned that there were a couple spare copies of my 2008 book, Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland (Palgrave 2008), resting idle at the Irish School of Ecumenics at the Trinity College campus in Dublin, left over from the Dublin book launch way back in 2009. It’s a hardback academic book and sells […]

After Secularism: Rethinking Religion in Global Politics by Erin Wilson; Wilson to Speak at Belfast Conference, 3-5 September 2014

In September (3rd-5th), Belfast will host the bi-annual meeting of the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network, the theme of which is ‘Religion in the Public Domain.’ Among the keynote speakers is Dr Erin Wilson, the Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen in […]

Crawford Gribben on Ireland, America and the End of the World – ISASR Conference at UCD

‘Apocalyptic beliefs are one of this island’s most successful exports.’ That was one of the closing lines of a keynote address given by Prof Crawford Gribben of the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast, at the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Conference at UCD (10-12 May 2013). ISASR […]

Jay Bakker – Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed: Book Review and Interview in Belfast Tues 23 April

What is God like? Is doubt harmful to faith? Who do Christians marginalise? Those are just some of the questions explored in a new book by Jay Bakker, Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God (Jericho Books, 2013). Bakker, who will forever be known as the son of scandal-ridden American […]

Michael McRay – Letters from Apartheid Street: Interview and Book Reading, Tues 26 March

Michael McRay will discuss and read excerpts from his book, Letters from Apartheid Street: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine, at 7 pm on Tuesday 26 March at St Oliver Plunkett in Lenadoon, Belfast. The event is titled, ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers,’ and will include a question and response session. Letters from Apartheid Street will […]