Posts Tagged ‘social change’

January 12th, 2017

Writing religion for the IPSP

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1510623_1375984419369773_2230796617787010338_nCan we hope for a better society? That is the animating question behind an ambitious project, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). It exists to “harness the competence of hundreds of experts about social issues” and to “deliver a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians, and decision-makers, in order to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change.”

Also modeled on the IPCC, drafts of the chapter reports are available for public comment. These are the collected responses to Chapter 16- Religions and Social Progress: Critical Assessments and Creative Partnerships, gathered from readers of The Immanent Frame.

To read the original call for comments, written by coordinating lead authors Nancy Ammerman and Grace Davie, click here.

September 29th, 2016

Call for Comments: Writing religion for the IPSP

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International Panel on Social ProgressCan we hope for a better society? That is the animating question behind an ambitious project, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). Inspired by Amartya Sen, the project is modeled after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is guided by a scientific council and a steering committee. It exists to “harness the competence of hundreds of experts about social issues” and to “deliver a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians, and decision-makers, in order to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change.”

Also modeled on the IPCC, drafts of the chapter reports are now available for public comment. Prompted by David Smilde, this is our invitation to the readers of The Immanent Frame to join that conversation. To read the chapter on religion and provide critical comments, visit the IPSP commenting platform.

July 17th, 2013

Preaching after the Trayvon Martin verdict

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How can religion aid or complicate the ways in which people make sense of the trial of George Zimmerman and understand its social implications? Since the verdict, religious centers across the country have become spaces for healing, prayer, and process for religious members of different faith communities. Elizabeth Drescher and Dan Webster also discuss the verdict’s implications on how they comprehend God, the law, and their responsibility in society.

 

September 24th, 2012

New journal: Critical Research on Religion

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Sage Publishers has announced the launch of Critical Research on Religion.

July 28th, 2010

The old Left, new Left, and new post-secular Left

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One notable aspect of the post-secular world is the renewed interest in religion and theology amongst the once ultra-secular radical Left. . . . I tend to agree with Vincent Pecora when, in his most recent post, he  claims that the collapse of a socialist teleology bound up in the Cold War accelerated some of the processes that we now understand as post-secular. It is not just that the fall of the USSR starved secular nationalist or socialist movements in the Third World of a diplomatic ally, opening up the space for more religious-inspired movements to step in. More importantly, the collapse of the USSR inaugurated a period where it has become impossible to imagine an alternative to liberal capitalist democracy.