Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Book Launch and Author Meets Critics Session on 12 April in Dublin

TransformingPostCatholicCoverI’m delighted to announce that the launch of my new book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity (Oxford, 2016) will be marked with an Author Meets Critics session at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Dublin on 12 … Read more...

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Video of My Talk at Rubicon

TransformingPostCatholicCoverBack in November, I spoke at the Rubicon conference about my latest book — due out next week — Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland. 

The research that I conducted for my book speaks directly to how Ireland’s historically Catholic culture has changed … Read more...

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Read the First Chapter for Free!

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernityis due to be published in a few weeks by Oxford University Press (OUP).

TransformingPostCatholicCoverOUP has made the first chapter available for free on their website – click Read more...

Fr Charlie Burrows: To Win Peace you need “Boots on the Ground”

burrows2Today the blog features a new guest post from Fr Charlie Burrows, a priest with Oblate Mission Development, an office of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He has served in Chilachap on Java’s southern coast for the past 40 … Read more...

Review of Sub-Saharan Africa Between Conflict and Reconciliation by Rita Schafer on Welt-Sichten

leiner bookSub-Saharan Africa Between Conflict and Reconciliation, an edited volume for which Joram Tarusarira and I wrote a chapter, has been reviewed by Rita Schafer on the German language website Welt-Sichten. Schafer praises the book for providing ‘some impetus … Read more...

Fr Charlie Burrows and Students Visit the Pesantren

pesantren visitToday Fr Charlie Burrows, an Irish missionary priest serving in Chilachap, Java, Indonesia, offers another blog post about ongoing efforts towards dialogue and encounter with Muslims. Last month, he described the visit of students from the local Muslim Pesantren school Read more...

Grace Davie – Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox, Book Review

davie2015Grace Davie’s 1994 book, Religion in Britain since 1994: Believing without Belonging, has become a classic in the sociology of religion and its memorable subtitle has even filtered into the popular consciousness. I’ve heard clerics and Christian activists use … Read more...

Fr Charlie Burrows Guest Post: Muslim Guests at a Christian Wedding

burrows with childrenFr Charlie Burrows, an Irish priest serving in Chilachap on Java’s southern coast in Indonesia, is well known for cultivating good relations between Christians and Muslims in his local area. In his latest contribution to this blog, he describes an … Read more...

Review of Religion in Times of Crisis in Numen, by Chaminda Weerawardhana

chaminda with editorsA book I co-edited with Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot, Religion in Times of Crisis (Brill 2014), has been reviewed in Numen (Vol 62, pp. 484-486, 2015) by Chaminda Weerawardhana from Queen’s University Belfast.

Weerawardhana also spoke at the launch … Read more...

Rowan Williams Speaks Tonight on Fundamentalism at St George’s, Belfast

rowan williamsLord Rowan Williams will speak tonight (24 April) on ‘Fundamentalism, Christian and Non-Christian’, at the second annual lecture to mark the bicentenary celebrations of St George’s Parish Church, High Street, Belfast,  at 7.30pm .

Lord Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, … Read more...

Response to Dr Jenny Taylor’s Catherwood Lecture, ‘When Words Fail …’

catherwood2015I was a respondent to Dr Jenny Taylor’s Catherwood Lecture, ‘When Words Fail: Religious Literacy and Post-Multicultural Possibilities’ on Thursday evening. The Catherwood Lecture is an annual event organised by Contemporary Christianity. You can read my short summary Read more...