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

Cover story on my latest book

Quite an honor: on the cover of the leading Christian news and opinion magazine in the Netherlands with an interview about my latest book. The title of the interview reads as follows: 'Liberal Democracy is Digging its Own Grave.' See also: Interview ‘De liberale democratie is bezig zijn eigen graf te graven’ Upcoming paperback release

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics

Recensie Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom in NTKR, Tijdschrift voor Recht en Religie

Uit deze recensie van de hand van mr. drs. Jaco van den Brink, advocaat bij BVD Advocaten en publicist op het snijvlak van recht en religie: "Ten Napel geeft in dit boek een diepgravende analyse van de relatie tussen constitutionalisme, democratie en godsdienstvrijheid; ofwel, van de vraag: hoe moet de overheid in haar regelgeving in… Continue reading Recensie Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom in NTKR, Tijdschrift voor Recht en Religie

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Law and Religion, Religion and Politics

Response by the author to my blogpost on Barry W. Bussey’s dissertation ‘The Legal Revolution Against the Accommodation of Religion’

Read the response here: The Revolution or the Counter-Revolution? In his response, Dr. Bussey writes that 'Prof. ten Napel’s conclusion is somewhat bleaker than my own, in that he believes “this revolution [against religion] has already taken place in America” and is now being met with a “conservative counter-revolution”. He cites Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet,… Continue reading Response by the author to my blogpost on Barry W. Bussey’s dissertation ‘The Legal Revolution Against the Accommodation of Religion’

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Law and Religion, Religion and Politics

Nomination for the Alberigo Award 2019

I am honored to find my book Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human among the list of works presented for the Alberigo Award 2019. "The prize, assigned by Fscire and the Emilia-Romagna Region together with EuARe, rewards scholars engaged in a field of religious science, whether historical, exegetical, theological or other, without… Continue reading Nomination for the Alberigo Award 2019

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Dutch Politics, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics

‘An Encouraging Trend in Dutch Scholarship’

The latest issue of Ecclesiastical Law Journal contains a review of a recent book by my colleague Sophie van Bijsterveld, who is Professor of Religion, Law, and Society at Radboud University in Nijmegen. The opening paragraph of the review reads as follows: 'State and Religion: re-assessing a mutual relationship is a spry and engaging contribution to… Continue reading ‘An Encouraging Trend in Dutch Scholarship’

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Article on the LSE Religion and Global Society interdisciplinary blog: ‘The Natural Law and Natural Rights Tradition; A Foundation for Religious Freedom’

Photo by Amaury Gutierrez on Unsplash ''To kick off our series on freedom of religion or belief, Hans-Martien ten Napel considers why the right to this freedom, a foundation stone of the liberal democratic order, is threatened. He describes how the notion of natural rights has been replaced by a proliferation of legalistic human rights. Seemingly a welcome… Continue reading Article on the LSE Religion and Global Society interdisciplinary blog: ‘The Natural Law and Natural Rights Tradition; A Foundation for Religious Freedom’

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

Brief photo impression of the Annual Conference 2019 of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna, Italy

Returning to Bologna felt like coming home this week. A big thank you to the European Academy of Religion for making the Annual Conference 2019 once again such an inspiring event. A brief photo impression of some personal trivia and highlights: Alway good to see my recent book on display. At the conference photo booth.… Continue reading Brief photo impression of the Annual Conference 2019 of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna, Italy