Peter Rollins & Impossible Tales for Lent: A Review of Seven More Parables from The Orthodox Heretic

image Back at Christmas time, I reviewed Peter Rollins’ latest book, The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales. With the traditional Christian season of Lent nearly upon us, Rollins’ publisher Paraclete Press has released seven additional parables, available to … Read more...

Choosing My Religion: A Conversation about our Book, Meet the Evangelicals

image Dr Claire Mitchell and I will have a conversational workshop about a book we are writing together, provisionally titled Meet the Evangelicals: Journeys in a Northern Irish Evangelical Subculture, from 9.30-12.30 on Friday February 26, 2010, at East Belfast Mission … Read more...

Marianne Elliott Book Review: When God Took Sides

image Marianne Elliott’s latest book, provocatively titled When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Ireland – Unfinished History, (Oxford University Press, 2009) describes how Catholics and Protestants in Ireland perceive each other – and explains why this matters so … Read more...

Sex Abuse & the Irish Catholic Church: A Resounding Critique of Clerical Culture

image Writing in today’s Irish Times, Dr Derek Smyth, a psychotherapist and a priest in Foxrock parish, Co. Dublin, offers a stinging critique of Irish Catholic clerical culture and asks, ‘Why were we so silent on child abuse? Why didn’t … Read more...

The Suspension of Bishop Paul Verryn & the Zimbabwean Refugees: Problems with being a Prophet?

image Last month Bishop Paul Verryn was suspended from the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Bishop Verryn was a prominent anti-apartheid campaigner and has in recent years become well-known for opening the doors of the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg … Read more...

Evangelicals & Gay Rights in Ireland: Evangelical Alliance’s Surprise Support for Civil Partnerships Bill

image One issue that is sure to bring Christian voices out in the public sphere is gay rights. The overwhelming impression that one gets is that Christians are opposed to extending gay rights, particularly when it comes to marriage or civil … Read more...

Shared Eucharist – Should it be a Priority for the Irish Churches?

image When I attend a Catholic Church, one of the saddest parts of the service for me is the Eucharist. I’m a Christian – but not a Catholic – so that means that I’m prohibited from taking part in that meaningful … Read more...

What can the Churches Learn from Zimbabwe’s Masowe Apostles?: Isabel Mukonyora Book Review, Wandering a Gendered Wilderness

image I’m intrigued by the astronomical growth of Christianity in the majority world, and I think it’s important that Christians in the West ask themselves what the churches in all the far-flung corners of the globe can teach us. That’s a … Read more...

EU Year Against Poverty & Social Exclusion: Social Justice Ireland Critiques the Irish Budget

Ireland’s economic miracle is over. And for those who were passed over by the Celtic Tiger, times could get even tougher.

image That’s the analysis offered by Social Justice Ireland (the organisation formerly known as the Council of Religious in Ireland … Read more...