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

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? Één aspect blijft echter onderbelicht: de religieuze symboliek die alom aanwezig is tijdens de ceremoniële troonswisseling. Suzanne …

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

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 is contributing to reshaping spring cleaning in the private sphere. …

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

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. On 16 April 1963, whilst imprisoned in Birmingham Alabama, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. responded to an open letter from some of …

Authority and Religion in Myanmar

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. In discussions about the democratisation of Myanmar, the role of Buddhism is hardly, if ever, named. However, the importance of taking Myanmar’s religious landscape …

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

Last Thursday evening, Nederland Een broadcast the live performance of The Passion from The Hague. Erin Wilson provides an outsider’s perspective on this emerging ritual in Dutch public life. As a recent immigrant to the Netherlands, one of the most secularized countries in Europe, the last thing I expected to be doing on Maundy Thursday …