Un-privatising Pastoral concerns: On the Feminine, Secularism and Neo-liberal Culture

by Danube Noel-Johnson Introduction As contemporary analyses of the status of religion in modern nation-states suggest, secularism has led to the relegation of religious practices, belief, and values to the private sphere. The private—particularity, subjectivity, irrationality, religion, domesticity, the mystic—is distinguished from what is considered the public sphere, which is characterized by modern, liberal principles—universality, […]

Religious Harmony in Indonesia: The Source of Tolerance

by Nur Aqmarina Ade Puspasari Indonesia has a large population of 257.9 million people (2017), the fourth largest population in the world. The total population is divided into several tribes with different local languages, more precisely there are 1,340 ethnicities including Javanese, Sudanese, Batak, Ambon, Bugis, etc. There are an estimated 736 regional languages. To […]

‘The People’s Church’ of Denmark: Ceremony or Theology?

By Frederik Seidelin This year, we are celebrating the fifth centenary of Martin Luther’s fateful writings in Wittenberg which started a movement that swept across the Christian world—particularly Northern Europe—and changed Christianity permanently and profoundly. To this day, the established Lutheran church in Denmark (‘Folkekirken’, which is Danish for ‘the People’s Church’) is deeply entrenched […]