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

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 …

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Trouw loopt achter?

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. Dit onderzoek is vooral zo relevant, zegt zij, omdat het de secularisatie-these ontkracht. Ook zou dit onderwerp niet in het …

Moving Beyond Reason vs Faith: The Role of Religion in Responding to Climate Change Part Two

Today's post features the second instalment from Erin Wilson on the place of religion in the climate change debate.  In part one, I talked about some of the ways in which conservative religious actors construct science as the enemy of faith. Here I want to look at this assumption of the opposition of faith and reason from …

Change the language, change the story? Some thoughts on religion, conflict and peace in the Middle East and beyond Part Two

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. …

Change the language, change the story? Some thoughts on religion, conflict and peace in the Middle East and beyond Part One

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. Last night brought the welcome news that a ceasefire agreement had been reached between Israel and Palestine following the latest round of violence. While this …

Concealed Knowledge: Gnosticism, Esoterism, Mysticism

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 …