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  • A Catholic House of Cards by Jane Little September 18, 2018 Jane Little was the founding Religious Affairs Correspondent for the BBC World Service and is currently the Associate Director of Religion and Its Publics  September 18, 2018 The Pennsylvania Report in mid-August managed to shock even us journalists who had covered the Roman Catholic Church scandal of child sexual abuse and its cover-up since 2002. The hideous details, the staggering ... Read more »
  • Review of David Tonghou Ngong’s Expansive New History of African Christian Thought by Tim Hartman September 14, 2018 September 14, 2018 In A New History of African Christian Thought: From Cape to Cairo (Routledge, 2017), David Tonghou Ngong has curated and offered insightful contributions to a much-needed new history of African Christian thought. The defining and unifying claim of the volume is that African Christian thought is geographical. As Ngong writes: “This book sees ... Read more »
  • The Evolution of Dignity by Kyle Nicholas August 20, 2018 August 20, 2018 On August 2, 2018 the Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved a new change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The death penalty is now “inadmissible” in all circumstances. As in any development in a tradition, this move is both novel and yet not discontinuous. Pope John Paul II, in his 1995 encyclical ... Read more »
  • Progressive Evangelicalism and the Development of Liberation Theology by David Nacho August 15, 2018 August 15, 2018 In a piece for Political Theology, Luis Aranguiz brings up interesting points and poignant questions about the status of political theology in Latin America. To begin, he correctly identifies the incredibly diverse spectrum of what might be called evangelical in Latin America. He also points out accurately the sort of issues around which evangelicals have ... Read more »
  • Laughing Through Tears: The Tragicomedy of American Muslim Life by Elisabeth Becker July 23, 2018 July 23, 2018 Over the past two decades, American Muslims have been profiled, surveilled and even detained without cause. With the “Muslim Ban” recently upheld by the Supreme Court and significantly heightened levels of discrimination against Muslims following the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, life as an American Muslim is no laughing matter. Except when it is. ... Read more »
  • Religion and Populism: A Blind Spot for Social Sciences by Slavica Jakelić July 9, 2018 July 9, 2018 The Trump phenomenon has scholars feverishly adding to the already burgeoning literature on populism. Yet, the relationship between populism and religion has not yet garnered the attention it deserves. If only for that reason, the new volume Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion, contributes significantly to populism studies and is likely to ... Read more »