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Summer reading and work in progress

Here is some of my summer reading for a new book after I finished my current list. The books stem from a list of introductory texts in natural law, Roman law, canon law, and legal history. Several other titles are on my Kindle; just Javier Hervada is rather tricky to get by here. The book… Continue reading Summer reading and work in progress

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

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As for so many, 2020 has been unique and, in some ways, a tough year. Nevertheless, professionally, there are (again) reasons to be thankful. The following ten highlights may illustrate this: - the collaboration with Prof. Sophie van Bijsterveld of the Radboud University Nijmegen in the realization of a Dutch-language volume on ideas for state and… Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Temporarily 20% off my book on Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human at Routledge

I am making progress in writing a new monograph in English and just published a co-edited Dutch-language volume on Tocqueville's relevance for the current debate on the future of liberal democracy. Nevertheless, on this Human Rights Day, I would like to draw attention to my previous book, Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully… Continue reading Temporarily 20% off my book on Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human at Routledge

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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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Work in progress: Contribution to Handbook of Public Theology

This month I will be revising the first draft of my contribution to the forthcoming T&T Clark Handbook of Public Theology. The topic of my article is: 'Liberal Democracy.' For more information on the Handbook, see https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/tt-clark-handbook-of-public-theology-9780567692160/.  

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

Pentecost Podcast: “Taking Stock”

I recorded this Pentecost Podcast, entitled “Taking Stock,” to update everyone who takes an interest in my work-in-progress. There is much more to come in later editions of the podcast that I am currently planning. There will be thematic podcasts, podcasts in different languages, a podcast in which I will be talking with a guest,… Continue reading Pentecost Podcast: “Taking Stock”

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Easter Podcast: “Lifelines”

I recorded this Easter Podcast, entitled "Lifelines," for all my followers and friends on social media who take an interest in my work-in-progress, and whom I dearly miss in this time of quarantine and cancelations. Easter Podcast " "Lifelines"Download

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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’

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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: