Regular readers will have noticed that this blog has not been updated for some time. That is because it is (drum roll…) moving to a new home on the website of the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society (IRNSSBS). The IRNSSBS site, which is also managed by the team at the University of Birmingham’s Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society Research Group, is currently under development. Once complete, it will host not only this blog but also a directory of researchers working on science and belief from different disciplinary perspectives, as well as regular event updates and funding schemes. Unlike on this blog, content will also be available in multiple languages.
For more information go to: https://www.scienceandbeliefinsociety.org/
Reflections on Islamophobia: Still a Challenge for Us All
The publication of The Runnymede Trust’s report Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All in 1997 was a watershed moment in the history of recognising and opposing anti-Muslim prejudice. The first British policy report to focus on the problem of Islamophobia, it is often credited with popularising the term. Last week an updated report, Islamophobia: Still a Challenge for Us All, was released to mark its twentieth anniversary. In this post, Stephen H. Jones offers reflections on the new report’s understanding of Islamophobia utilising research for Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum on non-Muslims’ perceptions of Islam and science. Continue reading How should we respond to prejudices about belief?
‘What has become clear to me in recent years is that the old dream of progress, which used to be assumed, is being replaced in popular culture by visions of disaster, ecological catastrophe in particular’. So said Robert Bellah, one of the twentieth century’s most accomplished scholars of religion, in 2008. His words have seemed apt following the coverage of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment. Continue reading Do we still have faith in science? Progress, the Pope and belief in things we can’t see