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

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 He describes how the notion of natural rights has been replaced by a proliferation of legalistic human rights.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?

‘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)

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

Forthcoming review essay of James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies

Following this year's conference of the European Academy of Conference in Bologna, during which I co-chaired two successful panels on 'Law and Religion: Public theology and natural law,' I have been working on two articles on James K.A. Smith's trilogy. One, a revision, concerns a review essay in English, provisionally entitled 'Theological medicine for liberal… Continue reading Forthcoming review essay of James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies

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

Winner of the International Award for Excellence for The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 8

'Champaign, Ill., USA – 16 November 2018 – The Religion in Society Research Network is pleased to announce the selection of “The Significance of Communal Religious Freedom for Liberal Democracy,” Hans-Martien ten Napel, as the winner of the International Award for Excellence for Volume 8 of The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.… Continue reading Winner of the International Award for Excellence for The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 8

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

Article on ‘The Significance of Communal Religious Freedom for Liberal Democracy’ in the International Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Society

The abstract of the article reads as follows: 'Leading US scholar of constitutional interpretation Michael Paulsen has developed an interesting theory of religious freedom called “The Priority of God.” Paulsen distinguishes, first of all, a liberal conception of religious freedom, according to which it is widely assumed that religious truth exists in a society and… Continue reading Article on ‘The Significance of Communal Religious Freedom for Liberal Democracy’ in the International Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Society

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

Review of book on ‘Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human’

UPDATE: see also this press release in Dutch: https://geloofindemocratie.nl/2018/07/04/boekrecensie-constitutionalism-democracy-and-religious-freedom-to-be-fully-human-2017/ Very grateful to Robert Joustra for taking the time to write this review of my book for the Review of Faith & International Affairs - worth the read also because of the other literature he references along the way and the difficult questions it raises: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15570274.2018.1469823?journalCode=rfia20… Continue reading Review of book on ‘Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human’