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 […]

Does it Matter Where our Christmas Traditions Came From? – Towards a Positive Genealogy of Christmas.

by Chris Lynch Amidst the rituals and tropes associated with celebrating Christmas, thinkers and commentators occasionally intervene to highlight how Christmas as practised in 2017 Britain is in some important respects culturally specific, politically problematic, and not as straightforwardly wrapped up with ‘authentic’ Christianity as commonly assumed. Motivating these interventions seems to be the thought […]


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 […]

Colorado Cake: Is ‘Religion’ driving Legal Discrimination? Not so fast

by Theo Poward You may be vaguely familiar with the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case which is currently pending before the US Supreme Court. In July 2012, same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins from Colorado visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver to order a custom wedding cake for a celebration of their marriage. Masterpiece’s owner […]

Secularism: Contemporary Pleas for Complexity

by Chris Lynch Over the last few months, several thoughtful and conceptually rigorous books have been released exploring the topic of secularism. Two that stand out for their critical acclaim but also for their scholarly style are: Andrew Copson’s Secularism; and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination (a point-counterpoint text written by philosophers John Corvino, Ryan […]

When Monks Take a Break

by Raymond Pagnuccio From sunrise to sunset the life of a Buddhist monk is fairly routine no matter where in the world they may be. For most monks in Myanmar, their daily routine is pretty mundane. A typical day unusually begins around 4:30 in the morning with prayers followed by chores, breakfast and more prayers. […]