The University of Stirling and liberal theological think-tank Ekklesia have joined forces to launch a blog called Critical Religion, which will research and debate hot topics.
According to a statement from Ekklesia, the project aims to bring together researchers from a wide range of backgrounds to explore the way ‘religion’ is employed as a label, category and idea in both public and intellectual discourse.
Dr Andrew Hass, who researches the intersection of religion with philosophy, theory, and the arts at the University of Stirling, said, ‘The effect of religion and belief in the world today is a huge talking point.
‘The purpose of the Critical Religion initiative is to build positive bridges between a range of specialists and those who have to write, make policy or think about religious issues at a more general level’.
Simon Barrow, co-director of Ekklesia, said, ‘Much of the public debate around “religion” is bad-tempered and under-informed on all sides. Like us, the University wants to deepen and broaden public understanding, enabling people with expertise to engage with a wider audience, and vice-versa’.
Critical Religion articles will appear both on the University of Stirling’s web site and on Ekklesia.