Category: Religion

Boxer Rebellion – Helen Joya

Although the Boxer Rebellion occurred in China over a century ago, it is a significant event that provides a bit of insight into the development of western religion in China. The Boxer Rebellion can be described as “an anti-imperialist, anti-foreign, and anti-Christian uprising”. This rebellion took place at a time when major European powers were set on colonizing already established… Read more →

Political Influence of the Church during Global Pandemic–Ellie Dilworth

Although the COVID-19 pandemic now reaches all corners of the globe, not all countries have taken the same steps in response to the threat. As Mike Donnelly points out in his blog post “COVID-19 in Argentina and Brazil,” Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the virus and failed to take the drastic steps that many other countries have. This has… Read more →

The Catholic Church: accountability and change

“Even a single case of abuse” must be met “with the utmost seriousness.” This was pope Francis’ appeal at a Vatican meeting in February 2019. There is much to be said about it, but words are not action. There is much to be said about the lifting of the rule of the pontifical secret as well, but action does mean… Read more →

Uyghur COVID-19 – Sanjida Azad

  These people in these camps have been deprived of basic human rights, yet 2020 has brought an even greater risk. With the rise of the coronavirus in China, these camps are especially vulnerable to contagious diseases due to a lack of medical resources and crammed cells. The camps are overcrowded and extremely unhygienic, creating perfect conditions for the coronavirus… Read more →

Democracy and the Church in Today’s Poland – Marta Maliszewska

As I talked about in my previous blog post, the tension between the Polish church and democratic party was liable to escalate after the fall of communism. Indeed, soon as the fight against communism was won, tensions between the church’s ideology and that of the liberal democratic movement began to rise and have continued to do so, largely because of… Read more →

COVID-19 brings Islamophobia to all time high in India

Amidst concerns regarding COVID-19 and Prime Minister Modi’s 21-day lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus fears and religious tensions were at an all-time high, and it didn’t take long for the both to exacerbate each other. Recently, Indian authorities traced back a plethora of COVID-19 cases to the annual congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat group (Muslim missionary group)… Read more →

Church and State – Helen Joya

China recognizes Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Islam. Catholicism and Protestantism are branches of Christianity. However, there are conflicting differences that separate the two. Among these differences is that the Roman Catholic Church has their own hierarchial system known as the Holy See. The Holy See functions as a sort of government because people are appointed to positions of leadership within… Read more →

Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Sarah Pharr

       The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is decades long thus the information and details of the history can become complex. Both sides have a unique perspective on this history hence why oftentimes information about the topic can be contradictory. Additionally, due to the extremely partisan nature of this conflict, while religion may seem to be the most obvious source of… Read more →

Peron’s Pragmatism and Argentine Jews—Ellie Dilworth

Blog 3 At the turn of the twentieth century, Argentina witnessed a period of unprecedented migration. By the start of World War I, around 33% of the Argentine population was foreign born (Metz). This influx of immigration filled open jobs and led to the rapid growth of Argentina’s industry during this time. With this developed a large Jewish population in… Read more →