Whose religion? Whose Tolerance? A Response to Jonathan Israel

In yesterday's post, Aukje Muller and Roos Feringa provided a summary of a public lecture delivered by Prof Jonathan Israel at the University of Groningen. CRCPD Director Erin Wilson was one of three scholars asked to give a response to Prof Israel's talk. These remarks are published in today's post. Tolerance is something that many …

Towards a broader research agenda in religion and development

In our previous post, Erin Wilson and Brenda Bartelink shared a summary and preliminary insights from a pilot study on spirituality and development transformation. In addition to the project specific findings, their research has also highlighted additional areas of focus for research on religion and development more broadly. In today’s post, they discuss these additional …

The spiritual is political: Blurring boundaries and challenging assumptions in religion and development

Researchers at the CRCPD recently concluded a one-year NWO-funded pilot project exploring the entanglement of personal religious and spiritual transformation with broader processes of social transformation in developing contexts. The project was a collaboration with the Knowledge Centre Religion and Development and World Vision International and included field research amongst communities and World Vision staff …

Living together well: secularism, liberal democracy and uncertainty in the wake of Charlie Hebdo

The Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris have raised many questions about free speech, liberal democracy, freedom of religion and how to live together in multicultural, multi faith, multi political societies. In today's post, Erin Wilson explores some of these questions and encourages us, rather than seeking for definitive answers, to see the conversation and debate these questions inspire as an …

Is it really “inconceivable”? Reimagining the role of religion in promoting gender equality

Gender and feminism seem to be gaining attention again in the broader global public sphere. Religion – as a concept and as representative of broad traditions of belief and theology - has frequently had a problematic relationship with both of these concepts and frameworks. But they are not the natural enemies that they are often …