Category Archives: Religion and Atheism/ Secularism

ESITIS 2017

Next week, from 26-29 April 2017, the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies will be holding its bi-annual conference. This time in Münster, Germany. There is an excellent line-up of speakers (including amongst more illustrious folk my good … Continue reading

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Better Disagreement in Practice

When I offered an update on my Towards Better Disagreement: Religion and Atheism in Dialogue book last month I hadn’t seen this report of the event itself, so for a write up of my talk along with the scripts from … Continue reading

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The Social Equality of Religion and Belief

My review of Alan Carling, ed., The Social Equality of Freedom and Belief, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 is now available on the “Reading Religion” website of the AAR. You can read it here: http://readingreligion.org/books/social-equality-religion-or-belief This book adds to … Continue reading

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Book Launch: Towards Better Disagreement

I am posting some images from the recent launch of my book Towards Better Disagreement: Religion and Atheism in Dialogue. It went well, about 70-80 people, while the distributors sold every book they brought along and took further orders. Excellent … Continue reading

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After the Deconstruction of Religion?

The Finnish scholar Teemu Taira recently did a piece for the Religious Studies Project website on what happens after we deconstruct religion, which can be found here: Categorising “Religion”: From Case Studies to Methodology I was the respondent for this … Continue reading

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Towards Better Disagreement: now published and interview

My latest book Towards Better Disagreement: Religion and Atheism in Dialogue (Jessica Kingsley Publishing) is now out, and I link here to an interview I have done about the book. An interview with Paul Hedges – author of Towards Better … Continue reading

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Interventions on the Burkini Wars

The global media has been discussing the burkini bans in France for some weeks now, and with it becoming such a politicised issues it is likely to be debated for sometime to come. Perhaps most iconic has been the image … Continue reading

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Religion and Atheism – conflict or coexistence?

I have recently been writing about the relationship between religion and atheism and have argued that no “natural” conflict exists between them, but that they can find common ground. Of course, real conflict does exist between certain forms of religion … Continue reading

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The Secular and Religious Other in Muslim-Christian Encounter: Theorizing the ‘Shifting Third’

This is the audio recording of a lecture I delivered for the Oxford Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies on 12th May 2015. It develops a theme I introduce in the book Contemporary Muslim-Christian Encounters which I label the Shifting Third. The … Continue reading

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