In which I knock a hole in left wing politics in Ireland and peer through it. … More Profit / prophet
In Ireland we are not particularly good at distinguishing the massed public from a Massed public. Because we didn’t ‘get’ the Enlightenment like Scotland, England or France, social scientific accounts of a political imaginary called Irish society conceive of Ireland as a plurality of homogeneous communities. Consequently, the Irish state tends to be characterised as epiphenomenal, a reflection of a multitude of localisms. … More Catholic is not Irish is not catholic.
A story of the secular that assumes a progressive and inevitable move from more religious to less religious is a reduction of experience to the point of actual and symbolic violence. It is an ethnocentric projection which prolongs a sense that We have superseded history to take an objective position. It seeks to de-anthropologise one set of human values in relation to another. … More The secular is not just about religion.
Blitzer’s insistence that she must be thanking the Lord tells me about a postcolonial religious narrative within the United States where the geographies of Mason-Dixon continue to reverberate. It also points to the representation of specific groups of people affected by crisis. … More Wolf Blitzer and postcolonial religious narratives
Part 3 of a short series of posts on the meaning of the secular. Let me know what you think in the comments. Thank you. “Get the Church out of education” Following the publication of the documents commonly known as the Murphy and Ryan Reports, the above exhortation was frequently heard and read. There are … More Faith, religion and the secular 3