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

Call for Papers, Panel on “The Political Theologies of Liberal Democracy,” EuARe, Bologna, 22-25 June 2020

Following last year's successful panel on James K.A. Smith's Cultural Liturgies, I will be co-hosting a panel on "The Political Theologies of Liberal Democracy" during the upcoming conference of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna. Accepted panelists include Michael Borowski (independent Scholar), Matt Eggemeier (College of the Holy Cross), Nura Hossainzadeh (Stanford University), Hannes… Continue reading Call for Papers, Panel on “The Political Theologies of Liberal Democracy,” EuARe, Bologna, 22-25 June 2020

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, 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?

Law and Religious Freedom Book Panel at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Friday, November 17, 2017, 4 PM – 6 PM EST (II)

About the three distinguished panelists: 'Professor Cathleen Kaveny, a scholar who focuses on the relationship of law, religion, and morality, joined the Boston College faculty in January 2014 as the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, a position that includes appointments in both the department of theology and the law school. She is the first faculty… Continue reading Law and Religious Freedom Book Panel at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Friday, November 17, 2017, 4 PM – 6 PM EST (II)

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

Book review: ‘The Political Theology of European Integration,’ by Mark R. Royce

'The central question political scientist Mark R. Royce addresses in his book, The Political Theology of European Integration: Comparing the Influence of Religious Histories on European Policies, is whether the process of European integration as it has developed since the Second World War, and continues to develop as a result of issues such as Brexit,… Continue reading Book review: ‘The Political Theology of European Integration,’ by Mark R. Royce

Comparative Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, Religion and Politics

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