Where is the line between atheism and secularism?

  In the lead-up to his seminar at the University of Groningen next week, guest contributor Terrell Carver from the University of Bristol explores the tensions between atheism, secularism and religious freedom. [i] Until recently atheism seemed to be a relatively lonely, unprovocative and unorganised ‘private’ activity. The anti-religious propaganda and overt policies of repression that …

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Gay Rights, the Devil and the End Times: A Post-Secular Perspective on Homosexuality-Debates in Africa, Part Two

In Part One of this post, Adriaan van Klinken described the Zambian case of how Ban Ki-moon’s recent call to recognise the human rights of homosexuals was interpreted according to a millennialist worldview, characteristic for Zambian Christianity. In this second post, he will analyse this discourse. I interpret the millennialist rhetoric on homosexuality as a …

Gay Rights, the Devil and the End Times: A Post-Secular Perspective on Homosexuality-Debates in Africa, Part One

Homosexuality is one of the major political issues in our contemporary world. Especially African countries are getting known for their massive public and political rejection of same-sex relationships and “gay rights”. Frequently in the media we hear, for example, about new, stricter legislation on same-sex practices, about people arrested and jailed because of homosexuality-related offences …

Religie en Burgerschap: een ambivalente relatie

“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? Als dit typisch Nederlandse bestaat uit het feit dat abortus en euthanasie in Nederland zijn toegestaan, en dat homoseksualiteit geaccepteerd …

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

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 …

Faith of Obama shifts “good Christians are right-wing” frame

CNN has an excellent piece on the faith of Barack Obama. The author, John Blake, argues that Obama is a religious pioneer that challenges the dominant frame where a good Christian is equated with a right-wing conservative. According to Blake, Obama brings back the social gospel tradition which was dominant at the start of the …