This is part 2 of a three part posting from an unpublished essay from summer 2012. Religion and the public sphere Central to the marginalisation of the religious and the spiritual is their position within the public sphere. This set of concepts, arising principally from the work of German sociologist Jürgen Habermas, posits that the … More Faith, religion and the secular 2
This is the first of three posts drawn from unpublished text that I prepared during the summer of 2012. It was intended as a primer for an audience that would have some knowledge of what constitutes the secular. Let me know what you think of it. Introduction The most recent European Social Survey data to … More Faith, religion and the secular 1
I am not sure why 80-100,000 words is considered a PhD when I think I could argue my main points in about half of that. It is not that I am displeased with the writing I have done but it seems so stilted: this happened, then I saw that and that reminds me of Person (2009) etc. And yes, I am a better writer than I was in 2010 but unless I am going to put that to use consistently from 2014 on, why not just keep doing doctoral degrees? … More Writing practice
You may have noticed that I’ve been tweeting in the last week about the first results from the Republic’s census. For policy and research twonks like me, the release dates of census data in Ireland are good days. They’re good days because we all get to see the results of a counting process across a … More Armies for No Religion
Is it coy of me or just naive to question the conditions under which a discussion of gay marriage takes place on a topical TV show? Last night as I settled on the couch with a beer (brought by a friend staying the night), I switched over to Channel 4’s 10 O’Clock Live. … More The clapping, always with the clapping.