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

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

'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 not so much common grace and natural law, but… Continue reading ‘Review Essay: Theological Medicine for Liberal Democracy’, in Journal of Markets & Morality, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 2019)

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

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: ‘The Spirit of Populism. Political Theologies in Polarized Times’

UPDATE 2: I am sorry that I had to cancel my participation in this conference due to illness in the family. I hope to put my preparations to good use in a piece I am currently writing for a new Handbook of Public Theology UPDATE: The draft program for this event was published last week.… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement: ‘The Spirit of Populism. Political Theologies in Polarized Times’

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

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

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

Waarom de PVV niet het initiatief in de kabinetsformatie moet krijgen

In mijn bijdrage 'Onthoud de PVV het initiatief in de kabinetsformatie' in het Nederlands Juristenblad van deze week schrijf ik onder meer dat er, naast politieke, ook rechtsstatelijke aanknopingspunten te vinden zijn voor de beantwoording van de vraag of de PVV al dan niet het initiatief in de kabinetsformatie moet krijgen. In een recent interview met… Continue reading Waarom de PVV niet het initiatief in de kabinetsformatie moet krijgen

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

New Book: ‘The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation’ (2017)

'In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, NYT bestselling author and conservative columnist Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. (...) In The Benedict Option, Dreher calls on traditional Christians to learn from the example of St. Benedict… Continue reading New Book: ‘The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation’ (2017)

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

R.R. Reno on ‘Islam and America’

In a preview of The Public Square, forthcoming in the March issue of First Things, editor R.R. Reno refers to an argument by Sherman Jackson. Dr. Jackson is the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). 'In his 2005 book,… Continue reading R.R. Reno on ‘Islam and America’