Blog Profile / Erasmus


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus
Filed Under:Religion
Posts on Regator:432
Posts / Week:2.4
Archived Since:March 24, 2014

Blog Post Archive

Ranking countries by their blasphemy laws

2 days agoReligion : Erasmus

BLASPHEMY laws, in the sense of laws that penalise speech or acts that disrespect God or the sacred, are “astonishingly widespread”. From the harshest laws to the mildest, all of them deviate in some degree from the international norms that uphold freedom of belief and expression.

A legal defeat for a pious prison gardener is good news for bosses

last weekReligion : Erasmus

LIKE every democracy, Britain has laws and practices which forbid employers from discriminating against their workers, or would-be workers, because of their religion.

In Ireland’s Jerusalem, calls to forgive are more than a platitude

last weekReligion : Erasmus

HOWEVER improbably, Northern Ireland’s second city has often been compared to Jerusalem. Styled officially as Derry-Londonderry because its rival communities cannot agree on what to call it, this is a place with multiple blessings and afflictions.

America’s point-man on religious liberty is contentious

2 weeks agoReligion : Erasmus

FARKHUNDA MALIKZADA was a promising, intelligent Afghan woman of 27 who seemed optimistic about life until the day she was falsely accused of burning a Koran. (In fact, she was a devout Muslim who had made enemies by denouncing illegal trading in a holy shrine.) A mob beat and burned her to death.

Faith grows greener in the era of Donald Trump

2 weeks agoReligion : Erasmus

Americans working at the interface between religion and care for the global environment have a new spring in their step these days. The reason is a paradoxical one.

Conservatives speak louder in secular France than in pious Germany

3 weeks agoReligion : Erasmus

AS YOU might expect, Germany’s Catholic hierarchs were less than thrilled when legislators voted on June 30th, by 393 votes to 226, to legalise same-sex marriage.

A papal confidant triggers a furore among American Catholics

3 weeks agoReligion : Erasmus

A STRONG tactical alliance between conservative Protestants and conservative Catholics has been a feature of America’s ideological landscape for at least a couple of decades.

The clerical roots of the Democratic Unionist Party

4 weeks agoReligion : Erasmus

UK politicsRead more British election coverage ON THE face of things, the two parts of Ireland have never looked more different. As noted in a previous Erasmus posting, the Irish republic will soon have a young, half-Indian prime minister (taoiseach) who is openly gay.

The axis between Russian Orthodox and American evangelicals is intact

last monthReligion : Erasmus

While some people fear that relations between Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and their respective entourages have been too warm and cosy, others feel that those relations ought to be even closer.

The never-ending argument over what is “real Islam”

last monthReligion : Erasmus

IN THE commentariat, the world of higher learning (religious and otherwise) and the corridors of political power, the long-running, hot-tempered debate about the real nature of Islam shows no sign of reaching a conclusion.

An American agency denounces the treatment of Muslims in China

last monthReligion : Erasmus

At a time when pressing matters of finance and geopolitics dominate the diplomatic agenda, issues of religious freedom hardly ever surface in exchanges between the world’s powerful countries. High-level debates about freedom of belief are so relatively unusual these days that they stand out.

The search for spiritual meaning in Harry Potter

last monthReligion : Erasmus

CHILDREN’S literature and religion have a close but contentious relationship. The stories of Narnia, penned by the Belfast-born writer C.S. Lewis, have a Christian subtext which the author did not hide.

The prosecution of an Australian cardinal puts Pope Francis on the spot

2 months agoReligion : Erasmus

It is being described as the gravest crisis in the Holy See since Pope Francis took office in 2013. If you take the original meaning of the word crisis, a time of judgment, that is certainly accurate.

UNESCO’s tricky balancing act between religious and secular forces

2 months agoReligion : Erasmus

AS THE would-be guardian of the world’s most precious places and patrimony, UNESCO can hardly avoid entering into the field of religion. But given the vast and quarrelsome diversity of its member states, the UN’s educational and cultural agency finds it hard to address this sensitive subject, as some recent news stories have shown.

Humanist nuptials are popular in Scotland but only beginning in Ulster

2 months agoReligion : Erasmus

AMONG the world’s more spectacular venues for non-religious weddings are some historic stone buildings dotted along the high points of Ireland’s north coast: places where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of a short, choppy stretch of water.

Why Europe’s Muslims do not chant in unison, as its politicians would like

2 months agoReligion : Erasmus

IN THE realm of European Islam, nothing is going quite to plan. In the perfect scenario of the continent’s mainstream politicians, the law-abiding majority of Muslim citizens would be coming together now in a massive, thundering condemnation of terrorism.

Tim Farron’s resignation raises questions about the line between public policy and private belief

2 months agoReligion : Erasmus

FOR anyone interested in the boundary between faith and public policy, Tim Farron’s resignation merits careful study.

Stop being soft on our despot, Venezuela’s bishops tell Francis

2 months agoReligion : Erasmus

AN UNEXPECTED item popped up on the agenda of Pope Francis in recent days. Although the meeting did not feature in his pre-announced weekly schedule, on June 8th it became known that he had squeezed in some time to confer with six bishops from Venezuela, one of the most troubled places in the historically Catholic world.

The clerical roots of the Democratic Unionist Party

2 months agoReligion : Erasmus

ON THE face of things, the two parts of Ireland have never looked more different. As noted in a previous Erasmus posting, the Irish republic will soon have a young, half-Indian prime minister (taoiseach) who is openly gay.

The ebb and flow of religious power in the Irish republic

2 months agoReligion : Erasmus

NEWS that Ireland is about to have a young, openly gay, half-Indian taoiseach (prime minister) came as more of a surprise to the rest of the world than it did to people who live on the island and experience its fast-changing social reality.

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