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, 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’

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

Critique of my recent article on the LSE Religion and Global Society interdisciplinary blog

Prof. Pryor (Campbell University) just published this fair and knowledgeable critique of my recent article on the London School of Economics Religion and Global Society interdisciplinary blog on 'The Natural Law and Natural Rights Tradition: A Foundation for Religious Freedom': Natural Rights, Natural Law, and a Conservative Renewal. From his blog post: "Ten Napel recognizes… Continue reading Critique of my recent article on the LSE Religion and Global Society interdisciplinary blog

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’

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?

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