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

Work in progress: Review essay on “What’s Wrong with Rights”

Looking forward to reading a review copy of Nigel Biggar’s What’s Wrong with Rights this month. Having met the author in the early stages of this book project, I am curious about the result and hope to report on my findings in an online review essay later this year. From the description of the book:… Continue reading Work in progress: Review essay on “What’s Wrong with Rights”

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)

Photo Credit: Seth Thompson, © 2017 Green Frog Photo   '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… Continue reading ‘Review Essay: Theological Medicine for Liberal Democracy’, in Journal of Markets & Morality, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 2019)

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

Advanced Course on ‘The Relevance of the Federalist Papers Today’

In 2015, renowned progressive legal scholar Sanford Levinson published a book, entitled An Argument Open to All. Reading the Federalist in the 21st Century. In this lecture, we will look at some of Levinson’s findings regarding ‘the most important work in political science ever written in the United States’, and also ask ourselves the question:… Continue reading Advanced Course on ‘The Relevance of the Federalist Papers Today’

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

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Conference on ‘Public Spirit and Public Virtue’, December 6, 2017, Washington, DC

'In an increasingly globalized and pluralized world it becomes progressively more difficult to define the public virtues that have delineated the West, and as a result, harder to safe-guard the freedoms—economic, political, and religious—which are the fruits of those virtues. A citizen who possesses “town spirit,” according to Alexis de Tocqueville, is one who “focuses… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Conference on ‘Public Spirit and Public Virtue’, December 6, 2017, Washington, DC

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, University, Whither Europe?

Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (I)

Source: CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=240138 This week I will be attending the 2017 Acton University Conference, at DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Acton University 'is a unique, four-day exploration of the intellectual foundations of a free society. Guided by a distinguished, international faculty, Acton University is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and integrate philosophy,… Continue reading Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (I)

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

Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Looking forward to participating in this year's Acton University. 'What is Acton University? Four days that integrate sound economics, business, philosophy, theology, and intellectual history A customized learning plan that you create: featuring over 120 courses taught by over 80 experts: an international, world class faculty An exploration of the intellectual foundations of freedom, and… Continue reading Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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

Public Lecture by Professor Brett Scharffs on ‘Why Religious Freedom’, April 7, 15.00h, Free University, Amsterdam

UPDATE: For location, and registration, see here: http://centre-religion-law.org/nl/actueel/50-lezing-why-religous-freedom-7-april. The full title of the paper which Professor Brett Scharffs will present, is: 'Why Religious Freedom? Why the Religiously Committed, the Religiously Indifferent and Those Hostile to Religion Should Care'. The abstract of the paper reads as follows: 'Religious freedom: Is it the grandparent of human rights, or… Continue reading Public Lecture by Professor Brett Scharffs on ‘Why Religious Freedom’, April 7, 15.00h, Free University, Amsterdam

Dutch Politics, Law and Religion, Religion and Politics

Article ‘Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller’

'The most popular Reformed preacher and author in America today is not eligible to receive Princeton Theological Seminary’s annual award in Reformed theology and public witness. The mainline seminary reversed its decision to honor Tim Keller with a prize named for neo-Calvinist theologian Abraham Kuyper following outcry over the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) pastor’s… Continue reading Article ‘Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller’

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

Upcoming Speaking Engagement, Journal of Law, Religion & State International Conference: Rule of Law – Religious Perspectives, Bar-Ilan University School of Law, Ramat-Gan, Israel

'The encounter of religion with the rule of law may generate tension but also mutual inspiration. The rule of law implies law's supremacy over other normative systems and personal commitments. It also implies that law applies to everyone equally. Religion represents a normative system that may in some areas be different from - and stand… Continue reading Upcoming Speaking Engagement, Journal of Law, Religion & State International Conference: Rule of Law – Religious Perspectives, Bar-Ilan University School of Law, Ramat-Gan, Israel