CRPL Research Day: Christianity and Non-Normative Sexualities – A Critical Agenda

Friday 25th May 2018 Venue: Baines Wing Seminar Room 1.06, University of Leeds Debates have raged within the Christian churches and other religious traditions over the morality of homosexuality, the recognition of same-sex unions and same-sex marriage, and the ordination of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people. Christians who oppose homosexuality see it as undermining... Continue Reading →

Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

The emergence of anti-homosexuality politics in Africa is often explained with reference to religion. Although religion is a major factor in fuelling homophobia in Africa, the Bible and the Christian faith are not only sites of struggle but have also been appropriated by African LGBT activists in support of their cause. Adriaan van Klinken says we need... Continue Reading →

How Long Is Now? Reflections on Berlin, Deep Time and Planetary Futures

Stefan Skrimshire is a lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. He was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam for ten weeks over the summer of 2016. During this time he lived in East Berlin. The research undertaken during this fellowship is being written... Continue Reading →

The Shiloh Project

On 13 January 2017, the Centre for Religion and Public Life hosted a focus group for organising research and events on the topic of rape culture, religion and the Bible. In attendance were Emma Nagouse (University of Sheffield), Valerie Hobbs (University of Sheffield), Katie Edwards (University of Sheffield), Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds), Jessica Keady... Continue Reading →

Sex in the Family – new book by Dr Johanna Stiebert

We are really pleased to announce that the new book by Dr Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds) First Degree Incest and the Hebrew Bible, has been published by Bloomsbury and is available to buy.  As the publishers explain:  "'Incest' refers to illegal sexual relations between family members. Its precise contours, however, are culturally specific. Hence, an illegal... Continue Reading →

Religion and Mental Health

By Dr Tasia Scrutton, University of Leeds What has religion got to do with mental health and mental illness? One way of answering this question is to look at the ways in which different interpretations of mental illness influence people’s experiences of it. This is not only true of religious interpretations but also of other... Continue Reading →

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