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’

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

Nomination for the Alberigo Award 2019

I am honored to find my book Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human among the list of works presented for the Alberigo Award 2019. "The prize, assigned by Fscire and the Emilia-Romagna Region together with EuARe, rewards scholars engaged in a field of religious science, whether historical, exegetical, theological or other, without… Continue reading Nomination for the Alberigo Award 2019

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

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

Guest Lecture on “Natural Law, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom”

UPDATE: Beautiful place to give a guest talk this morning: The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Distress in Heiloo, North-Holland. The lecture was on "Natural Law, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom." The audience consisted of a group of talented leaders of the Christian Democratic Youth Appeal. Other speakers during the weekend included Minister of  State… Continue reading Guest Lecture on “Natural Law, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom”

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