Easter Reflection: God and Politics

Can Cameron “put God back into politics”?

As we approach Easter it seems that religion is suddenly back on the front page.  Nationally the PM, David Cameron, has generously decided to “put God back into politics” and said that “Britain should be unashamedly evangelical about its Christian faith”.  Here in Oxford the more local headline was “Crucifixion? You’ll need a permit”.  […]

Feldman, Noah, 2008, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

Feldman, Noah, 2008, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., Oxford, 200pp, £15.95, hb
Synopsis
In the space of 151 reasonably short and very readable pages this book by a Harvard Professor of Law provides some extremely helpful clues to the upheavals that we have been witnessing in the Muslim world in recent years. The blurb […]

Nazir-Ali, Michael, 2012, Triple Jeopardy for the West: aggressive secularism, radical Islamism and multiculturalism

Nazir-Ali, Michael, 2012, Triple Jeopardy for the West: aggressive secularism, radical Islamism and multiculturalism, Bloomsbury, London, 195pp, £10.99, pb
Synopsis
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali considers the impact that aggressive secularism, radical Islamism and multiculturalism are having on the Western world, and particularly Britain. He argues that, because of the rejection of the Judeo-Christian foundations which have shaped so much of the national narrative, […]

Ratliff, Walter, 2011, Christians and Muslims at the Epicenter: how the Sept. 11th attacks shook and transformed American Evangelicalism

Ratliff, Walter, 2011, Christians and Muslims at the Epicenter: how the Sept. 11th attacks shook and transformed American Evangelicalism, Agilis Press, 216pp, £6.56, pb
Synoposis
This helpful, well-researched book examines the responses of American evangelical Christians to Islam and Muslims both before and after the traumatic events of 11th September 2001.  It discovers that evangelicalism is no more monolithic than the Muslim […]

Integrating Sweden

Integrating Sweden

As Swedish politicians and policy wonks continue to debate whether or not naïve immigration laws are ultimately to blame for the Swedish riots in late-May[1]; I hope that as much attention will eventually be given to issues of integration. If integration is to be debated it must not simply be reduced to a derivative of the discourse on immigration; […]