Beltane: Summer has arrived!

Quick Facts Summary: a pagan festival celebrating the start of summer 2019 Date: 1st May (often starting at sundown on 30th April) Celebrated by: Modern pagans, Gaelic culture Linked Holidays: May Day (Northern hemisphere), Wheel of the Year Sabbats (Wicca) Background and Theological Significance Beltane is the Gaelic name for the festivities that are normally […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2019 Date: 21st April Celebrated by: Christians, Westerners Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism) Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated by Christians. It marks the end of Holy Week; which is […]

New Year’s Celebrations: Renewing Reality

Quick Facts Summary: A Modern Global Celebration of the New Year. Date: December 31st – January 1st. Celebrated: Globally, especially in cities. Linked Holidays: Various New Years celebrations at different times in the yearly cycle. Background and Theological Significance New Year’s celebrations come at different times; East Asia will celebrate the Lunar New Year in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Korean, Confucian, Catholic.

by Theo Poward South Korea is a fascinating country for any student of Theology. Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a remembrance service that stands at the forefront of liturgical developments aimed at answering questions that are endlessly raised about how to balance local and global theological identities.   Background Christianity has been on […]