This has been a wonderful week! I learned today that our new book ‘Freedom of Religion at Stake: Competing Claims among Faith Traditions, States, and Persons’ (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2019) was released! Elisabeth Gerle, Göran Gunner and myself were the editors of this wonderful volume.
Among the other authors were Hennie Kotzé, Newton Kahumbi Maina, Damaris Parsitau, Keith Matthee (SC), Ma Plaatjies van Huffel, Nokuzola Mndende, Selina Palm, Fatima Seedat, Charlene Van Der Walt, Peter Petkoff, Elizabeta Kitanovic, and of course Elisabeth Gerle, Göran Gunnerand Dion Forster.
Here is the official link to the book on the Wipf & Stock website: https://wipfandstock.com/freedom-of-religion-at-stake.html
Here are the endorsements for the book:
“If secularism fears religion for its threats to freedom, religions have reason to fear the inverse threat of secular stereotypes. Yet religion represents as irreducible a multiplicity as do the modes of modern secularization. With its brilliant plurality of African and European voices, this volume probes key entanglements of power, ethics, and faith. It constructively illumines the tensions not only between conservative and progressive theologies but between reactionary nationalisms and liberal pluralisms.”
—Catherine Keller, Drew University, author of Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Public
“This volume brings readers, students, and scholars to a more nuanced knowledge of what religious freedom might mean, specifically highlighting how the very concept of religious freedom can oppress and marginalize minority positions within main religions. The volume gives a rare combination of concrete and critical case studies from both the South and North, as well as new and challenging theoretical reflections.”
—Trygve Wyller, University of Oslo
“This book will help the reader grapple with the issue of what is really meant by justice for all and for creation. People of faith, academics, and politicians are challenged . . . to widen the conversation to include freedom from religious abuse within faith traditions and from impinging the human rights of some individuals and the earth.”
—Isabel Apawo Phiri, World Council of Churches