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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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?

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

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

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 4-7, 2019

From 4-7 March, I will be chairing two panels on philosopher James K.A. Smith's trilogy during the Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna. Read more about the panels here: 'This panel considers James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies (Desiring the King, Imagining the King, Awaiting the King) and discusses the potential for… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 4-7, 2019

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

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

On Islam (Volume six of the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology series)

'At the beginning of the twentieth century, famed theologian Abraham Kuyper toured the Mediterranean world and encountered Islam for the first time. Part travelogue, part cultural critique, On Islam presents a European imperialist seeing firsthand the damage colonialism had caused and the value of a religion he had never truly understood. Here, Kuyper’s doctrine of common… Continue reading On Islam (Volume six of the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology series)