Retrospective: 2017

by Frederik Seidelin In light of the political developments over this decade—particularly over the past two or three years—it has become decidedly banal to remark on the global turn to nationalism. Indeed, the politics of nationalism governs across the world—whether underpinned by populist support as in Britain or the United States, or by a quiescent […]

Jerusalem

by Theo Poward Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the collection of Muslim countries recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, has hardened the international division over resolving the dispute between Israel and Palestine in the Holy Land. This is often painted as a religiously fuelled conflict. This categorisation begs […]

A Pyrrhic Victory of the Politics of Tolerance?

by Frederik Seidelin On Tuesday, people in Denmark went to the polls to elect local councillors for the next four years. The campaigning period saw right-wing populists opposing building permits for mosques, opposing Muslim women wearing headscarves in the health sector, and similar religion-related value politics that we have, sadly, come to expect in Western […]

Secessionism: The Wind and the Sun

by Theo Poward Stories help us to understand our place in the world. By relating to characters we get to look at ourselves and define our identity in terms that are favourable to us. This is true of Theology on a grand scale of understanding ourselves as humanity in relation to our God, Nature and […]

Exploiting Religion for Political Gain: Freedom of Speech or Disrespectful Opportunism?

By Frederik Seidelin Twelve years ago, in September 2005, the Danish conservative newspaper Jyllands-Posten published ‘Muhammad’s face’, an article whose alleged purpose was to discuss the issue of Danish media’s self-censorship with respect to Islam. The article was illustrated by 12 cartoons commissioned by the editor to portray Islam. A few of the cartoons seemed to […]

None or Both: A Church or a Concert Hall?

by Samuel Mellish St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate of Holborn, the supposed ‘National Musicians’ Church’ has closed its doors to “non-religious hiring”, undermining a strong history of hosting and nurturing musical talent. Despite previously welcoming groups such as the London Youth Choir, and housing the ashes of the founder of the Proms, Sir Henry Wood, the Reverend David […]

Education, Education, Education: Where is Theology Going?

By Samuel Mellish A damning report entitled The State of the Nation has been released by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales. Its most prominent findings include figures suggesting that 800,000 secondary students, making up just over a quarter of secondary state school attendants, were not provided with RE (Religious Education) classes, with […]