Over de secularisering van het alledaagse en sacralisering van de politiek

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 …

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Transnational faith based development and the post secular experiment

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. Changes in government funding for development organizations, has created a highly competitive market in which religious …

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”? Ever wondered why? Contrary to popular assumption, it’s not just because the United States is one of the most religious countries on earth, although this certainly plays a part. Several researchers have highlighted that the United States …

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

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 reality of these migratory experiences are inescapable in current-day Greece. Against the backdrop of the global economic crisis, …

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

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 …