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Review ‘Reconciliation and Religio-political Non-conformism in Zimbabwe’

Date:21 December 2016
Author:Roos Feringa
The day before Christmas we will conclude our series on Joram Tarusarira’s new book ‘Reconciliation and Religio-political Non-conformism in Zimbabwe’ (read the previous review here) with yet another review written by Vlado Kmec. Vlado currently works at the University of Cambridge and is a fellow of the CRCPD. He offers expertise to the Centre in religion and migration; religion in conflict and peacebuilding; ethnic and religious conflicts; religion and international relations; mediation and negotiation; the United Nations peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and the EU Common Security and Defence Policy.

CRCPD’s public lecture by Prof. John Paul Lederach – ‘Mobilizing the moral imagination’

Date:30 November 2016
Author:Religion Factor
Tomorrow, 1st of December, Professor John Paul Lederach will, in a lecture organised by The Centre of Religion and Conflict in the Public Domain, talk about ‘Mobilizing the moral imagination: Religion in the landscape of fragmentation’. Join us for the lecture and the discussion with great panel of expert respondents: dr. Michelle Parlevliet, specialist in Conflict Resolution and Governance at UVA, Fulco van Deventer, director at the Human Security Collective in the Hague and Simone Filippini, previous CEO and current advisor at Cordaid.
A line of Syrian refugees crossing the border of Hungary and Austria on their way to Germany. Hungary, Central Europe, 6 September 2015. Source: Mstyslav Chernov Used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Religious identity and the Refugee Crisis

Date:20 June 2016
Author:Religion Factor
Today, 20 June, is World Refugee Day. The UNHCR released its annual Global Trends Report. For the first time in the organisation’s history, global displacement has crossed the 60 million threshold, with a total of 65.3 million people displaced in 2015. That’s 24 people every minute, or 1 in every 113 people.
Community members in Lupane ADP, Zimbabwe. Image: Brenda Bartelink

Towards a broader research agenda in religion and development

Date:10 December 2015
Author:Religion Factor
In our previous post, Erin Wilson and Brenda Bartelink shared a summary and preliminary insights from a pilot study on spirituality and development transformation. In addition to the project specific findings, their research has also highlighted additional areas of focus for research on religion and development more broadly. In today’s post, they discuss these additional insights, developing suggestions for a broader research agenda on religion and development.

Religion and Conflict: Beyond Clichés and Stereotypes

Date:02 April 2015
Author:Religion Factor
Religion and conflict seem to be more prevalent than ever in contemporary global politics and society. So often in public debate we hear that religion is either violent or it is peaceful, that it is oppressive or it promotes justice. But are these the only two ways of thinking about religion and conflict? In today’s post, Marjo Buitelaar, Kim Knibbe and Erin Wilson consider some possible alternatives and invite you to join them to explore these issues further in a free online course.

Living together well: secularism, liberal democracy and uncertainty in the wake of Charlie Hebdo

Date:20 January 2015
Author:Religion Factor
The Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris have raised many questions about free speech, liberal democracy, freedom of religion and how to live together in multicultural, multi faith, multi political societies. In today’s post, Erin Wilson explores some of these questions and encourages us, rather than seeking for definitive answers, to see the conversation and debate these questions inspire as an answer in themselves.

Resilience and religion during crisis – What humanitarian aid can learn from the personal stories of Ebola survivors

Date:26 November 2014
Author:Religion Factor
In humanitarian aid there is often a strong focus on the biomedical angle of disease, as we can see right now in the Ebola crisis in West Africa. However, the role of religion should not be underestimated...

Is it really “inconceivable”? Reimagining the role of religion in promoting gender equality

Date:20 November 2014
Author:Religion Factor
Gender and feminism seem to be gaining attention again in the broader global public sphere. Religion – as a concept and as representative of broad traditions of belief and theology – has frequently had a problematic relationship with both of these concepts and frameworks.

Faith and the Asylum Crisis: The role of religion in responding to displacement

Date:17 November 2014
Author:Religion Factor
Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, the DRC. In each of these contexts, and numerous others, complex dynamics around politics, resources, religion and power are contributing to the creation of a global crisis of displacement of unprecedented scale, with a record number of 51.2 million people displaced in 2013.

Religion and Disaster Risk Reduction: A Review of the World Disasters Report 2014

Date:03 November 2014
Author:Religion Factor
The 2014 edition of the International Federation of the Red Cross’ (IFRC) World Disasters Report (WDR 2014) focuses on risk and culture.[1] The intersection of these two areas represents a response to the current trend for disaster risk reduction (DRR) research, policy, and programming in the humanitarian sector and the introduction of culture as a potentially important cross-cutting issue.

Is there a secular humanitarian faith?

Date:24 September 2014
Author:Religion Factor
There’s been much discussion recently about faith-based and secular responses to humanitarian emergencies that has attempted to highlight the normative assumptions present in both.

Secularism, Security and the Limits of the State: The Displacement Crisis and the Role of Religion Part Two

Date:03 September 2014
Author:Religion Factor
Rethinking “security”, the role of the state, the secularist biases that exist in policy and practice around displacement and religion’s potential to address these problems are crucial issues to consider in terms of religion’s intersection with the global crisis of displacement.

Secularism, Security and the Limits of the State: The Displacement Crisis and the Role of Religion Part One

Date:01 September 2014
Author:Religion Factor
Rethinking “security”, the role of the state, the secularist biases that exist in policy and practice around displacement and religion’s potential to address these problems are crucial issues to consider in terms of religion’s intersection with the global crisis of displacement.

How “Modern” are We? Religion, Secularism, and Multiple Modernities in Europe

Date:28 July 2014
Author:Religion Factor
On 13 June 2014, esteemed sociologist of religion Professor Jose Casanova received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen. During his visit, the Faculty hosted a roundtable discussion on conceptions of religion, secularism and modernity in contemporary European identity, raising questions over exactly what it means to be “modern”, “secular”, “religious” and “European”.

The Human Face of Climate Change

Date:21 July 2014
Author:Religion Factor
Climate change continues to be one of the most controversial global issues of our time, with debates ranging from the best ways to respond to the challenges of climate change, especially for those who are most vulnerable to its effects, to whether it is even happening at all and who is responsible.

ISIS’ Caliphate and Intra-jihadist Struggles for Authority

Date:08 July 2014
Author:Religion Factor
On Sunday 29 June, the first day of Ramadan 2014, ISIS announced the restoration of the caliphate. From now on, its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is “the caliph for Muslims everywhere”, the message states, adding that the name of the organisation, The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, becomes simply The Islamic State.

The Religious/Secular Divide and the Global Displacement Crisis

Date:20 June 2014
Author:Religion Factor
Today is World Refugee Day and if the numbers released by the UNHCR today tell us anything, more action and new approaches are urgently needed to address the needs of the rapidly growing globally displaced population.

A Matter of Conscience? Abortion Access and Conscientious Objection in the European Union

Date:20 May 2014
Author:Religion Factor
Religious freedom is becoming an increasingly significant issue in the European Union. Last year saw the adoption of the EU Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and governments such as the Netherlands, the UK, France and Germany are placing renewed emphasis on religious freedom in their foreign policy.

The UN Refugee Convention 60 Years On – Time to Rethink Approaches to Protection?

Date:25 April 2014
Author:Religion Factor
This week marks the 60thanniversary of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Much has changed since the Convention was initially drafted, signed and ratified by states.

‘The Passion’: RTL Boulevard-versie van het lijdensverhaal

Date:18 April 2014
Author:Religion Factor
Door de straten in Groningen trekt vanavond een lichtend wit kruis, en de binnenstad verandert even in Jeruzalem. The Passion is neergestreken in de stad. Wat heeft het nog te maken met het Bijbelse lijdensverhaal van Christus? Van Justin Kroesen & Birgit van der Lans.

“Culture” or “religion”? Understanding the popularity of the Passion

Date:17 April 2014
Author:Religion Factor
The Passion comes to Groningen in 2014. A hugely popular event, it raises many questions at the same time. Is it a form of religion reasserting itself in the public sphere? Is it a purely cultural event, as some commentators suggest?

Understanding Evil, Encouraging Forgiveness: Lessons from Rwanda 20 years on

Date:07 April 2014
Author:Religion Factor

Today marks the 20thanniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide. Both then and now, the international community had many unanswered questions about how the genocide occurred and how the evil that was perpetrated could have happened. In today’s p...

Religion and the Ukraine Crisis: Four Key Questions

Date:06 March 2014
Author:Religion Factor
As the eyes of the world continue to focus on the crisis unfolding in the Ukraine, images are emerging from the conflict of religious leaders providing inspiration and blessing to participants from all sides of the conflict.

The struggle for justice of Dutch young Muslims in Syria

Date:06 January 2014
Author:S Klein Schaarsberg
“I am powerless. (…) Please do something. Do not forsake me and all the other mothers”. 18-year-old Robin converted to Islam one and a half years ago.

Race and the study of religion: ’West’ and ‘East’, or White and non-White?

Date:18 December 2013
Author:Religion Factor

The Religion Factor post on 28 November 2013 – Religion and International Relations (IR) Theory  -posed a challenge to IR scholars to be more self-reflexive in their understanding of religion and secularism. Such self-reflexive thought challenges dominant categories...

Humanity in Action: Religion, Human Rights and the Question of Neutrality

Date:13 December 2013
Author:Religion Factor

In today’s blog post,Brenda Bartelink reflects on aid in humanitarian emergency and disaster situations, drawing attention to how religion and human rights are lived out and practiced amidst the multiple moral frameworks that influence humanitarian practice...

Religion and Human Rights: The challenges of universalism and cultural particularism

Date:10 December 2013
Author:Religion Factor

Tuesday 10 December 2013 is World Human Rights Day, marking the 65th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly vote to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In recognition of this milestone, this week The Religion Factor features a series...

A secular saint? The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela

Date:09 December 2013
Author:Religion Factor

The inevitable moment of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela’s departure from this world came last Thursday evening, 5 December. Given that he had been so frail for some time, his death was not unexpected, yet that does not lessen the impact of his loss. As South Africa...

Religion and International Relations Theory

Date:28 November 2013
Author:Religion Factor

On Tuesday 26 November 2013, NGIZ Noord and the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in Groningen co-hosted an evening devoted to a discussion of dominant approaches to religion in the study of...

Dr James Noyes and the Politics of Iconoclasm

Date:16 October 2013
Author:Christoph Grüll

On the 17th of November, Dr James Noyes visited the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen to give a lecture on his new book ‘Politics of Iconoclasm’, in which he examines the destruction of images of the sacred across...

The Return of Religion in Contemporary Art

Date:20 September 2013
Author:Religion Factor

Religion has been out of fashion in many areas of public life, including the arts. However, this has not always been the case and indeed, with exhibitions such as Makoto Fujimura’s “The Four Holy Gospels” and Enrique Martinez Celaya’s exhibitions “The Wanderer”...

Tunisia's religious opposition

Date:11 September 2013
Author:Religion Factor
Recent events in Egypt have once again raised questions about the relationship between religion and politics in the Middle East. These events are significantly impacting other countries in the region, including Tunisia where the political situation is changing rapidly. In this post Frank Ubachs comments on the binary opposition between a religious and a secular camp that media coverage of the revolts in both countries now routinely postulates as an explanation in itself of the dynamics of change. Such sweeping dichotomies gloss over important nuances. If we are to really understand what is driving the situation, we must speak with the actors themselves.

Is the ‘new’ religious engagement really all that new? The need for reflection on the underlying values and assumptions in the engagement with religion

Date:19 August 2013
Author:Religion Factor

In this post, Brenda Bartelink draws on her research on faith based development organisations in the Netherlands and Uganda, and Dutch initiatives to engage with religion to raise some critical points for reflection on the new US Office for Faith-Based Community...

What does “engaging religion” mean for religion?

Date:14 August 2013
Author:Religion Factor

Last week, the US State Department made the much-anticipated announcement that it is establishing a new “Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives” whose mission, Secretary of State John Kerry said, is “to engage more closely with faith communities around...

Dead Sea scrolls on exhibition in Assen

Date:16 July 2013
Author:Religion Factor

Recently, a unique exhibition on the dead sea scrolls has opened in the Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands. The exhibition is curated by prof. Dr. Mladen Popovic, director of the Qumran institute in Groningen.

Koran & Bijbel weg uit de Tweede Kamer? De misvattingen rondom de Scheiding tussen Kerk en Staat uitgelicht.

Date:04 July 2013
Author:Religion Factor

Naar aanleiding van de ophef omtrent het verzoek van Tweede Kamer voorzitter Van Miltenburg om de Heilige Geschriften uit de Kamer te laten verwijderen, licht Carine Nijenhuis enkele misvattingen uit rondom de Scheiding tussen Kerk en Staat.

Allergic Reaction to “The Religious Other” or just a Neurobiological Fact?

Date:25 June 2013
Author:Religion Factor

Neurobiology, Social influence and its impact on our capacity to empathize.

Religion and Gay Marriage Opposition in France

Date:24 May 2013
Author:Religion Factor

This week, French President Francois Hollande signed into law legislation that allows for same sex marriage and child adoption by gay couples. With this act, France became the 14th country in the world recognizing these rights.  Yet, the process has been all...

Saving lives – but which ones? Life, belonging and postsecular possibilities in contemporary asylum politics

Date:23 May 2013
Author:Religion Factor

In today’s post, Erin Wilson reflects on the recent decision by the Australian parliament to excise its territory from its migration zone, what this means for how we value life, how we belong and how both religious and secular perspectives can help us rethink...

Dwars Herdenken

Date:03 May 2013

Ter gelegenheid van de herdenking van de salchtoffers van de Tweede Wereldoorlog morgen, schrijft Tsila Rädecker over de controversiële Joodse historicus uit Groningen, Jaap Meijer.

Bij gratie Gods: zal onze nieuwe Koning straks regeren met goddelijke zegen?

Date:23 April 2013

Over precies een week zal Koningin Beatrix haar ambt neerleggen om te worden opgevolgd door haar zoon, Prins Willem Alexander. De inhuldiging is overal onderwerp van discussie; moet het koningslied blijven of niet? Wat zal Máxima aan doen? Eén aspect blijft...

Spring cleaning religiously: From blessing your home to unf*cking your habitat

Date:18 April 2013

Spring seems to have finally arrived in Europe and naturally many people’s thoughts turn to the need to “spring clean”. But these days it’s not just about spring cleaning your house, but spring cleaning your life. Kim Knibbe explores all the ways in which religion...

Order, justice and extremism: Martin Luther King, Jr and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” 50 years on

Date:16 April 2013

Fifty years ago today, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his now famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. On this anniversary, Erin Wilson reflects on what this important document can still teach us today.

Religion: a threat to science?

Date:05 April 2013

Over the last few weeks there has been a  heated debate on medical science professor Onno van Schayck, who claimed in an interview that he once witnessed a miracle. In this post, Erik Meinema reflects on the discussion.

Authority and Religion in Myanmar

Date:04 April 2013

In today’s post, Arnout Couperus contributes to recent discussions on the democratisation of Myanmar. He argues that the role of Buddhism should not be underestimated in the analysis of the current situation.

The Passion: Encroaching religion, cultural heritage or signs of postsecularism?

Date:03 April 2013

Last Thursday evening, Nederland Een broadcast the live performance of The Passion from The Hague. Erin Wilsonprovides an outsider’s perspective on this emerging ritual in Dutch public life.

Turkey and Religion; included or excluded in the EU?

Date:30 March 2013

Today’s post shows Ella Sebamalai’s reflection on Turkey’s accession to the EU. On the one hand she reflects on religion and  secularism as part of the public debate, on the other hand she also illustrates the consequences of specific perceptions.

The Homo Economicus and transnational religious networks in a post-secular society

Date:21 March 2013

Last week,  Prof. Manuel A. Vasquez gave a guest lecture on “Conceptualizing domination and resistance in transnational religious networks” at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in Groningen. Here Ella Sebamalaiengages with the ideas he raised and...

Multiple Secularities: How Culture Matters in Religious-Secular Relations

Date:19 March 2013

Next Tuesday Prof Monika Wohlrab-Sahr will give a seminar in Groningen on her research into the impact of different secularities in various cultural and political contexts. Today she gives Religion Factor readers a sneak preview.

Religious authority and new media culture

Date:13 March 2013

The internet holds great potential for communication and creativity within religious communities, but brings with it new challenges for religious authorities. This was the central theme of a guest lecture given by Dr. Heidi Campbell,  at the Faculty of Theology...

Securitizing Religious Violence: the Cases of Mali and Syria – Part Two

Date:11 March 2013

Suzanne Klein Schaarsberg  continues her exploration of the securitization of religion in the conflicts in Mali and Syria.

Securitizing Religious Violence: the Cases of Mali and Syria – Part One

Date:07 March 2013

Yesterday French President Francois Hollande announced that French troops will begin withdrawing from Mali in April, instead of March, as originally planned.  Suzanne Klein Schaarsberg  explores how religion, particularly religious violence, has been labelled...

Stories about HIV/AIDS and Religion

Date:26 February 2013
Author:Kim Knibbe
Is HIV/AIDS mainly a medical problem, a spiritual problem, a political problem or all of the above? The answer to this question determines to a very large extent how people and organizations deal with HIV/AIDS.

Religious or political? Or both? Religious rituals as political activism

Date:19 February 2013
Author:Religion Factor
Today’s post from Erin Wilson continues some reflections on fasting from last week, asking whether fasting is just religious or political or if in fact sometimes it can be both.

Het nieuwe vasten: 40 dagen zonder vlees

Date:13 February 2013
Author:Maria Vliek
Vandaag begint officieel de Vastentijd, de periode van 40 dagen voor Pasen waarin christenen het lijden van Jezus Christus herdenken. Het is een sobere periode, waarin veel christenen vasten: ze eten geen snoep en andere lekkernijen of eten minder. Maar de vastentijd krijgt tegenwoordig een andere, meer seculiere invulling.

Youth Peacebuilding in contexts of religious violence

Date:04 February 2013
Author:Religion Factor
Religion and the contributions of youth are two topics that tend to be neglected when we think about peacebuilding. In this post, Erik Meinema reflects on his experiences conducting research on these important issues.

De Islam bestempelen als ideologie is niet onschuldig

Date:28 January 2013
Author:Tim Swanger
In deze bijdrage gaat Simon Polinder in op de politiek achter de definities van religie en ideologie, die in verschillende contexten gebruikt worden. Geert Wilders wordt vaak omschreven als een tovenaarsleerling. Maar wiens leerling is hij?

Trouw loopt achter?

Date:25 January 2013
Author:Kim Knibbe
Afgelopen week verscheen er een artikel in Trouw (helaas niet publiek toegankelijk, hier een samenvatting van het bericht), waar de journaliste claimt dat de religiewetenschap een belangrijk onderzoeksveld laat liggen: de opkomst van nieuwe spiritualiteit.

Be Welcome: Lessons in Hospitality from Victor Hugo and Monseigneur Bienvenu Part Two

Date:24 January 2013
Author:Religion Factor
Following on from Tuesday’s post, Erin Wilson writes more on how the faithful hospitality of Victor Hugo’s character Monseigneur Bienvenu from Les Miserables can contribute to contemporary political issues, in particular statelessness and migration.

Be Welcome: Lessons in Hospitality from Victor Hugo and Monseigneur Bienvenu Part One

Date:22 January 2013
Author:Religion Factor
Erin Wilson reflects on the religious themes present within Les Miserables and how they speak to contemporary political issues. My husband and I went to see the latest film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables over the weekend.

Islam and the Arab uprising

Date:07 January 2013
Author:Religion Factor
Guest contributor Prof Jeffrey Haynes from London Metropolitan University reflects on recent events in the Middle East and Northern Africa and their implications for how we understand the role of religion in public life.

On the Political and the Personal. Or, How to Retain a Sense of “Humanity” in Egypt? Part 2

Date:11 December 2012
Author:Religion Factor
Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon is currently in Cairo. In this continuation of her previous post, she shares with us some of her experiences and reflections on the ongoing conflict between pro-democracy campaigners and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

On the Personal and the Political. Or, How to Retain a Sense of ‘Humanity’ in Egypt? Part 1

Date:08 December 2012
Author:Religion Factor
Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon is currently in Cairo. In today’s post, she shares with us some of her experiences and reflections on the ongoing conflict between pro-democracy campaigners and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Religion and the Public Domain

Date:06 December 2012
Author:Maria Vliek
Continuing our series on the Master Programs at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in Groningen, today Jon Elbert shares his experiences from the Master in Religion and the Public Domain.

Voor theologie en godsdienstwetenschap is Groningen de topkeuze

Date:04 December 2012
Author:Maria Vliek

Volgens de nieuwste versie van de Keuzegids Universiteiten is Groningen de beste keuze als je theologie of godsdienstwetenschappen wilt studeren. De opleiding van de RUG komt als beste uit de bus voor de studie godsdienstwetenschappen en bezet de tweede plaats...

Religion, AIDS and Africa

Date:01 December 2012
Author:Kim Knibbe
December 12th, AIDS activist and religious leader rev canon Gideon Byamugisha will give a public lecture in Groningen, starting off the conference “Biographies in Times of Crisis:Exploring Religious Narratives of AIDS in Africa and the African Diaspora”.

Moving Beyond Reason vs Faith: Part Two

Date:30 November 2012
Author:Religion Factor

Today’s post features the second instalment from Erin Wilson on the place of religion in the climate change debate. 

Moving Beyond Reason vs Faith: Part One

Date:29 November 2012
Author:Religion Factor
Following on from Lea Schulte-Droesch’s piece on the interconnections between culture and environment at the local level, Erin Wilson offers some reflections on the role of religion in the global climate change discussions and suggests that maybe we need to stop seeing science and faith as diametrically opposed.

On similarities and differences in cultural perceptions of the environment

Date:27 November 2012
Author:Tim Swanger
This week, The Religion Factor holds a theme week on Religion and Climate Change, to pay attention to the 18th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar. Today’s contribution is by Lea Schulte-Droesch.

Religion, Conflict and Globalisation

Date:26 November 2012
Author:Tyler Tully

This week, The Religion Factor will offer some attention to the Master Programs in Religious Studies that are offered at our faculty. After Eemera Matthews’ reflection on the Concealed Knowledge programme, today Carmen Fleurke addresses the Religion, Conflict...

Change the language, change the story? Part Two

Date:23 November 2012
Author:Religion Factor
In today’s post, Erin Wilson continues her reflections on shifting the way we think and talk about conflict and peace. In part one, I outlined some ways in which contemporary discussion on peace and conflict analysis is affected and arguably limited by thinking in narrow either/or terms and the language we use to talk about conflict. Here I want to offer a few possibilities for rethinking some of these issues.

Change the language, change the story? Part One

Date:22 November 2012
Author:Religion Factor
Following last night’s ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Erin Wilson considers whether the chances for lasting peace might be increased by changing how we think and talk about conflict and peace.

Concealed Knowledge: Gnosticism, Esoterism, Mysticism

Date:20 November 2012
Author:Tyler Tully
This week, The Religion Factor will offer some attention to the Master Programs in Religious Studies that are offered at our faculty. The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in Groningen offers six unique Master’s degree programmes that concentrate on the dynamic interrelationship between religion and culture. Emeera Matthews, from the United States, is the first to share her experiences with us.

Religie en Burgerschap: een ambivalente relatie

Date:05 November 2012
Author:Tim Swanger
“Burgerschap bestaat in de identificatie met het typisch Nederlandse van onze samenleving.” (1) Met dit citaat uit de integratienota 2007-2011 laat de overheid zien dat ze verwacht dat nieuwkomers zich op sociaal-cultureel vlak aanpassen. Maar waaraan?

Religious authority and social media: old wine in new bags?

Date:31 October 2012
Author:Maria Vliek
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands recently added a ‘social media guide for ministers and pastoral workers’ to its professional code. The guide encourages the use of social media like Facebook and Twitter as a communication channel, acknowledging its potential to reach new audiences. But it also highlights certain risks – in particular, the difficulty of maintaining an online identity that supports a church official’s professional credibility and authority.

Church and Rural Society: Just Stories of Decline?

Date:24 October 2012
Author:Maria Vliek
A contribution by Jacobine Gelderloos. Regularly I come across voices who express doubts about the relevance of the church for society, both inside and outside the church. People who say that the church is ‘out of touch’ with society, that the church is outdated because it has not been able to keep up with developments in society – the church seems to speak another language than the rest of our daily world.

Over de secularisering van het alledaagse en sacralisering van de politiek

Date:22 October 2012
Author:Tim Swanger
De gedachte dat religie niet aan het verdwijnen is, is inmiddels gemeengoed. Wat dat betreft is de rol van religie nog het best te vergelijken met een bal die je probeert onder water te duwen. Als je de bal op de ene plaats onder water duwt, weet je nooit precies zeker waar de bal weer op zal duiken. Zo is het ook met religie.

Transnational faith based development and the post secular experiment

Date:18 October 2012
Author:Religion Factor
In her blog-post on the Religion Factor, Cecelia Lynch discusses FBOs in the context of the neoliberal competition on the ‘market’ of international development. In my work on and with development FBOs in the Netherlands I see this illustrated.

God Bless America: US Civil Religion and the President as Prophet, Priest and Martyr of the Nation

Date:15 October 2012
Author:Religion Factor
God Bless America: US Civil Religion and the President as Prophet, Priest and Martyr of the Nation. Ever noticed how nearly every time a US president makes a speech, it ends with “God Bless America”?

The Puzzle of Religion in US Presidential Politics

Date:11 October 2012
Author:Religion Factor
With the count down on till the USA votes for its next President, The Religion Factor reflects on the role of religion in this important process. Foreign observers of the 2012 US presidential campaign may be forgiven for being puzzled by the role of religion in American politics.

The Religion Factor: A missing link in Migration Studies? Part two

Date:08 October 2012
Author:Tyler Tully

In the previous post  Geertje den Oudsten shared with us her experience at a Summer School on Migration in Greek this summer and challenged the idea that religion can only be used as a classifactory concept in Migration Studies. Today part two.

The Religion Factor: A missing link in Migration Studies? Part One

Date:04 October 2012
Author:Tyler Tully
This summer I was very happy to be able to attend a Summer School named ‘Cultures, Migrations, Borders’ on the Greek island of Lesvos. The programme aimed at MA students and PhDs from different fields, and although there were no lecturers nor any other students with a Religious Studies background, I assumed the subject of religion would have a place in the programme.

A Fragment of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? Part Two

Date:01 October 2012
Author:Kim Knibbe
The previous post discussed the current state of affairs with regard to the finding of the fragment of papyrus in which Jesus seems to refer to his wife. The papyrus has been shown to date from the fourth century, the ink is still undergoing testing. Before the definitive results are published, however, polemics have already begun. Numerous web reactions on various grounds claim that the fragment is a forgery.

A Fragment of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? Part One

Date:28 September 2012
Author:Kim Knibbe
Last week, Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, presented a papyrus fragment in which Jesus referred to Mary as “my wife”. The fragment seems to date from the fourth century A.D. and is written in the Coptic language.

The Life and Work of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Date:26 September 2012
Author:Religion Factor
On Monday 24 September, 2012, the University of Groningen awarded Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with an honorary doctorate. His honorary promoter, Professor Dr Geurt-Henk van Kooten, Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, gave a stirring address in which he highlighed Tutu’s amazing achievements, particularly in the context of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Religion and Science: relating the relationships?

Date:24 September 2012
Author:Tyler Tully

In post-secular thought there is an increasing tendency to reject binary oppositions, such as religion and secularism. Past theories of secularization suggested religion was in decline and yet on the contrary, religion has remained viable although formulated...

Polarization of the anti-Islam film debate: undoing the Arab Spring? Part Two

Date:21 September 2012
Author:Religion Factor

Alongside the ideologically-driven agenda of the anti-Islam films that we explored in Part One, we should also not underestimate the political nature of the production and release of this film just before the 11th anniversary of 9/11 as well as before the American...

Protestors in Egypt during the Arab Spring. Photograph: Thomas van Gool

Polarization of the anti-Islam film debate: Undoing the Arab Spring? Part One

Date:19 September 2012
Author:Religion Factor

Over the last few days, international news coverage has been largely dominated by reports on protests across the world against a film that protestors claim is a direct insult to the prophet Muhammed.  The protests started with the storming of the American embassy...

Religie & Verkiezingen: vooronderstellingen en gevolgen

Date:16 September 2012
Author:Tim Swanger

Hoewel religie nauwelijks een rol heeft gespeeld bij de afgelopen verkiezingen, zullen de gevolgen van de uitslag voelbaar zijn voor personen met een bepaalde religieuze achtergrond. Eén ding lijkt namelijk zeker: deze verkiezingsuitslag betekent het einde...

Religious Humanitarianism in a Neoliberal Age

Date:12 September 2012
Author:Religion Factor

Guest contributor Cecelia Lynch explores how neoliberalism, a phenomenon closely connected with the rise of the post-secular, is affecting the language and practice of religious humanitarian organizations.