Category - religion and politics

  • 24 Sep 2014

    Joseph Stalin once asked an advisor rather perfunctorily, “How many divisions does the Pope have?” Dr Harry Hagopian, Middle East commentator and Ekklesia associate reminds us. Christians are part of the Middle East and North Africa region and their strength need not lie in their physical might alone, he suggests, surveying the implications of some recent interventions.

  • 8 Mar 2014

    A few weeks ago, Juliet Kilpin attended the community launch of Christians on the Left (www.christiansontheleft.org.uk) with a summit on faith, social action and social justice. In a packed food bank based in a London City Mission venue in Vauxhall, inspirational voices shared stories of action motivated by Christian faith. But the event and network raises other important questions about faith, politics, justice, class, witness and the use of the Bible, she suggests.

  • 19 Jun 2013

    Politicians and Methodists will debate the question, 'Do we have faith in the future of politics?' during this year's annual Methodist Conference in London.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    Life in the European Union is one of continuing political negotiation. No political realist is surprised that national leaders constantly seek to protect and advance the interests of their country, says social theologian Dr Graeme Smith. The European Union is the place of permanent dialogue between different interests, and more substantially different political cultures, interestingly mirroring some different Protestant and Catholic instincts. Meanwhile, ecumenical lessons can help us to see why it's negotiation all the way, in a positive sense.

  • 6 Nov 2012

    A watchdog group has asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for political violations.

  • 6 Nov 2012

    As polls indicate that the tight US presidential race is heading Barack Obama's way, the Republican Party is being accused of using religious scare tactics.

  • 2 Nov 2012

    With the US presidential election only a matter of days away, BBC Radio Scotland's 'Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross' programme will explore why religion is so important in American political life, and the extent to which religion and belief may impact the outcome of the electoral process.

  • 13 Oct 2012

    In The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy, to be published on 25 October 2012, Aristotle Papanikolaou explores the question of whether Orthodox Christianity and liberal democracy are mutually exclusive worldviews.

  • 2 Sep 2012

    Barack Obama, says it's not his job to defend his Christian faith against doubters who suspect he's Muslim. Mitt Romney says his Mormonism is "integral".

  • 9 Feb 2012

    Egyptian Christian leaders say that while politics and religion are garnering most attention right now, urgent humanitarian needs must be addressed.