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Reflection paper by Richard Ekins, “Some features of liberalism in a censorious age.”

It has long been my intention to draw occasional attention in this place to the work of colleagues at home and abroad that inspires me. This exceptional paper by Richard Ekins provides a good opportunity to put this intention into practice finally. Richard Ekins is a Professor of Law and Constitutional Government at the University… Continue reading Reflection paper by Richard Ekins, “Some features of liberalism in a censorious age.”

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

Chair, Author Meets Critique panel, Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights

Next Thursday, I have the pleasure of moderating a book panel on Dr. Leonard Taylor's book Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2020). The panel takes place during the hybrid annual conference of the European Academy of Religion. On the back cover, I wrote the following recommendation at the time: 'Catholic cosmopolitanism has… Continue reading Chair, Author Meets Critique panel, Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights

Democracy, Dutch Politics, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

Article ‘A sense of reality is required: the European People’s Party as a bridge between Tradition and modernity’

The latest edition of the Montesquieu Institute's newsletter, De Hofvijver, contains a section on 'Forty Years of the Dutch Christian Democratic Appeal,' which also includes a contribution from my hand. This contribution, entitled 'Realiteitszin gevraagd: de Europese Volkspartij als brug tussen Traditie en moderniteit,' tries to build a bridge between my earlier work as a… Continue reading Article ‘A sense of reality is required: the European People’s Party as a bridge between Tradition and modernity’

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Essay “A Natural Law Basis for Human Rights?” on Canopy Forum

The opening paragraph of the essay reads as follows: "Attempts by the United States State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights to identify a subset of proper “unalienable rights” within the broader category of human rights are sometimes perceived as an almost reactionary effort. The adoption of a historical-philosophical perspective reveals that, on the contrary, even… Continue reading Essay “A Natural Law Basis for Human Rights?” on Canopy Forum

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‘Review Essay: Theological Medicine for Liberal Democracy’, in Journal of Markets & Morality, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 2019)

Photo Credit: Seth Thompson, © 2017 Green Frog Photo   'Abstract As Smith points out, the genealogy of liberal democracy demonstrates that liberalism is nothing less than the prodigal son of Christianity. Thus, it becomes plausible that Christianity has a continuing role to play in a liberal democracy. Smith might even be right that it is… Continue reading ‘Review Essay: Theological Medicine for Liberal Democracy’, in Journal of Markets & Morality, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 2019)

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Blogpost ‘The Political Theology of Thierry Baudet’

Governments have historically relied on metaphysical sources for their legitimacy. The French Revolution intended to put an end to this. However, with the current rise of populism, among other things, we are witnessing a revival of political theology. Read the whole blogpost here: https://leidenlawblog.nl/articles/the-political-theology-of-thierry-baudet. See also:

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Law and Religion, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

Call for Papers, Panel on Public Theology and its potential for Law and Religion scholarship

UPDATE: see for the call: I am currently putting together a panel for the 2019 conference of the European Academy of Religion on the question of what, if anything, law and religion scholarship can learn from public theology works such as James K.A. Smith's Awaiting the King. Anyone interested in joining the panel, please let… Continue reading Call for Papers, Panel on Public Theology and its potential for Law and Religion scholarship

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Paper Presentation during Journal of Law, Religion & State International Conference on ‘The Rule of Law – Religious Perspectives’, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, 20-22 November 2016

For the program of the conference, see: http://www1.biu.ac.il/File/events2016/internationalconference.pdf. The call for papers for the conference can be found here: http://www.ssrn.com/update/lsn/lsnann/ann16021.html. The original paper proposal which I submitted, read as follows: Christianity, Liberalism, and the Rule of Law During the last decade or so the discipline of constitutional law has changed considerably. It has become more… Continue reading Paper Presentation during Journal of Law, Religion & State International Conference on ‘The Rule of Law – Religious Perspectives’, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, 20-22 November 2016

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Paper presentation during conference on ‘Christianity and the Future of our Societies’, 15-19 August 2016, Leuven, Belgium

The conference was organized by the Association of Reformational Philosophy (ARP) in cooperation with the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit of Leuven (ETF): 'ARP and ETF welcome contributions from philosophers and theologians as well as from scholars in other disciplines who are seriously engaged in dialogue between Christianity and key figures (or central insights or paradigms) within their… Continue reading Paper presentation during conference on ‘Christianity and the Future of our Societies’, 15-19 August 2016, Leuven, Belgium

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Presentation during Cardiff Festival for Law and Religion

'The Cardiff Festival of Law and Religion on May 5th and 6th at Cardiff University celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the LLM in Canon Law at Cardiff University, the first degree of its type in a British University since the Reformation. A number of events are being held to reflect upon how the study of… Continue reading Presentation during Cardiff Festival for Law and Religion