2019 has been quite the busy year! First things first, however, my blog post for this month can be found over on the Open University’s Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective Blog, in which I reflect on Louis Theroux’s latest documentary with the Westboro Baptist Church the impact of Fred Phelps’ death. So do go andContinue reading “Rounding off 2019…”
In late September the Freemasons’ Hall took part in ‘Open House London’, an annual event celebrating architecture and design throughout London. The Hall, which acts as the United Grand Lodge of England’s (UGLE) headquarters, is typically open to public visitors, but marked the Open House event with additional displays, tours, and exhibits. As chance wouldContinue reading “Open House at the Freemasons’ Hall: Some Reflections on Symbols and Identities”
This week saw the annual conference for the British Association for the Study of Religions, hosted at Leeds Trinity University. I have been a regular attendee/presenter at the BASR since 2014. It is always an enjoyable conference for a number of reasons: it is an invigorating start to the academic year, provides an encouraging atmosphereContinue reading “BASR 2019”
It has been 12 years since the New Atheism explosion – a renewed conversation regarding atheism, secularism, and the ‘godless’ – commonly associated with the ‘Four Horsemen’: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens. Publications from these writers, such as Dawkins’ The God Delusion and Hitchens’ God is not Great, became hugely popularContinue reading “A Plea for a More Progressive Atheism”
Art-pop band Sparks, consisting of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, have been renowned throughout their career to not shy away from the more obscure topics and subject matters in their music. Their approach to acerbic lyrics has recently resulted in a plethora of songs that use religious imagery in a number of striking ways.
Welcome to what will hopefully become a thriving blog in the weeks and months to come. Having recently completed my PhD, I have created this blog with two goals in mind. Firstly, it could prove to be a useful way to discuss my research in ‘blurbish’ and bitesize formats alongside my published work. Secondly, andContinue reading “Welcome to the Mall”