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 …

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Religion: a threat to science?

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. In a recent interview on the relations between his religious convictions and work as a professor in medical sciences, prof. dr. Onno …

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 …

Turkey and Religion; included or excluded in the EU?

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. In a crisis custody case between the Dutch government and a Turkish migrant family in the …

Antisemitisme Nederlandse Moslimjongeren; Sociaal Probleem

In de post van vandaag bespreekt dr. Marjo Buitelaar het sociale probleem van antisemitisime onder Nederlandse Moslimjongeren. Daarin bespreekt zij zogenaamde oorzaken en de misperceptie daarvan door, onder andere, de media. In een NRC- artikel over antisemitisme van moslimjongeren in de krant van 15 maart 2013 worden verschillende verklaringen hiervoor genoemd, waaronder het antisemitistische klimaat …