Monthly Archives: September 2014

Destruction of Village Churches in France

A new crisis in laïcité, a version of secularization, has arisen in provincial France. A number of village churches have been demolished, leading to complaints that French rural culture is beyond destroyed. French historians and other scholars are weighing in … Continue reading

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Religious Violence in Algeria

According to a BBC report, “France has confirmed that an Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS) militants has beheaded tourist Herve Gourdel, seized on Sunday. Jund al-Khilafa killed Mr Gourdel, 55, after its deadline for France to halt … Continue reading

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A Crisis in Secular Studies?

Religion and religious violence are evoked almost daily by politicians and journalists, who often distinguish between ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ politics. Jacques Berlinerblau, a professor at Georgetown University, questions popular and academic usages of ‘secularism’, which often seem contradictory. Berlinerblau argues … Continue reading

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