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06/06/2012

Pentecostals, politics of space and power (Padova, 7-9 June 2012)

locandina-mostra-preview-01-212x300.jpgPentecostals in Italy? Nothing really new, as Pentecostals spread in the motherplace of Catholicism since the beginning of the XXth Century.

However, this italian pentecostal landscape is rapidely changing through African first-generation immigrants, mainly from Ghana and Nigeria. More and more new African Pentecostal Charismatic Churches are now spreading in cities like Milano, Pavova or Rome.

This is one of the reasons why scholars Enzo Pace and Annalisa Butticci have successfully conducted a 4 years research project on African Pentecostal churches in Italy. The coming Padova Conference (7-9 June, 2012) aims to share the results of this project, as well as boosting comparisons and further studies.

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04/04/2012

French pastor André Thobois (1924-2012) remembered

fafb4e42ce.jpgOften nicknamed "pastors' pastor" ("le pasteur des pasteurs"), French Evangelical leader André Thobois (1924-2012) passed away on the 26th of March, 2012.

A memorial service was held on the 31th of March, 2012, in the Avenue du Maine Baptist Church (Paris, France).

Christians from all denominations came to express their thanksgiving for what they considered to be such a lasting and fruitful ministry.

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02/27/2012

Cocorico to "The Artist"

At the beginning of 2012, a BVA survey among 5the artist,jean dujardin,france,pessimism,cinema,michel hazanavicius,oscar,united states1 countries confirmed that France appear to be World Champion of pessimism: 81% of French fear a year with increasing Economic difficulties.

A recent IFOP survey published by the French daily La Croix confirmed this pessimism.

But should the French be so pessimistic? The triumph of "The Artist", a French movie just winning 5 oscars including a best director Oscar for Michel Hazanavicius and a best actor trophy for Jean Dujardin invites also to say COCORICO (the victory song of the rooster, the French national emblem).

01/17/2012

"Jesus loves Paris", the new trendy shirt

sebastien fath,Pamela Poole, Jesus loves Paris, marketing, religion, paris, beaubourgJust a few days ago, I came accross this post from a blogger who discovered this shirt in front of Beaubourg, downtown Paris: "Jesus loves Paris".

After painful research (kidding), I found out that the bold discoverer of this new French hybrid between religion and marketing is Pamela Poole, a witty freelance writer, blogger and translator.

History will tell if this new shirt (currently only available in ONE single shop) will make regular headlines and sell well... Click to continue

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01/14/2012

Updated CV (2012)

CV.jpgNeed of an updated CV ?

There it is ! Before the 2012's end of the world :-)

Download Sebastien Fath's updated CV: S.Fath's short CV (2012)

01/01/2012

Happy new year 2012 !

12/29/2011

Death of a megachurch leader in France: Selvaraj Rajiah (1952-2011)

france,french evangelicals,india,evangelicals,selvaraj rajiah,megachurch,french megachurch,paris christian center,paris centre chrétien,morris cerullo,madrasMegachurches are not just a US (or Nigerian, Korean...) phenomenon.

Even Secular France has got some, including Paris Christian Center in La Courneuve (North of Paris), attracting more than 4,000 regular attenders every week.

This is why the sudden and unexpected death of Selvaraj Rajiah, senior pastor of PCC, is a major event in the French protestant news.

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12/22/2011

How many Protestants today in the world ? 800 millions

pew forum,data on christianity,protestantism,world christianityThis is one of the many questions the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life helps to answer, due to a huge world survey on contemporary Christianity.

This comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion. To know more, click here.

12/21/2011

Understanding French Muslims' History: 3 films

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Even more than the Evangelical growth (between 600,000 and 750,000 Evangelicals in today's France), the Muslim growth is "the" big religious news of the last 40 years.

In 2011 France, there are an estimated five million Muslims living in the country. A century ago, they were referred to as "colonials". During the 1960s, they were known as "immigrants". Today, they are "citizens".

But how have the challenges facing each generation of immigrants changed?

In order to answer to these questions, Al Jazeera just released 3 films worth beeing seen (from Karim Miské). Link

12/05/2011

Now in bookstores and on Amazon: La nouvelle France protestante

sébastien fath,jean-paul willaime,ifop,france,french protestants,evangelicals,french evangelicals,labor et fidesAn IFOP national Survey in 2010 reveals a brand new Protestant map in France.

While many speak openly about the collapse of organized Christianity in contemporary France, the heirs of French Reformers (including French-born John Calvin) are currently growing.

Although this is unexpected, it can't be denied. This process goes along with the spread of Evangelical new communities. A third of all current French protestants are Evangelicals, while 60% remain attached to the presbyterian and lutheran traditions. This new landscape draws questions and requires analysis.

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11/01/2011

All Saints's Day in Paris

Montparnasse_cemetery49.JPGToday, is a National Holiday for France. Most French people will go to the cemetery.

Why? Because they celebrate the TOUSSAINT feast (ALL SAINTS's day), a Catholic day designed to honour the memory of the dead.

As millions of French people place flowers on the graves of their loved ones, let's have a look on some famous Parisian cemeteries, thanks to Heather Stimmler-Hall, who posted a very nice illustrated note on her Parisian blog.

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10/27/2011

French Evangelical News: a new portal

FvU38AWeKSY1FpXsaXM9GCN_uXZbW2oNh6e4UjnxoeI=.jpgUnder the umbrella of an Evangelical network whose main ambition is to support Christian witness in France, let's highlight this website: http://www.scoop.it/t/french-evangelical-news.

This new portal puts together news from many different origins (including this blog), and appears to be a valuable ressource in order to document French Evangelicals' contemporary life.

10/24/2011

Immigration impact on an old Parisian congregation: a case study

france,french evangelicals,evangelicalism,sarah demart,immigrant churches,baptists,french baptists,avenue du maine baptist church,parisAs migrants flow in increasing numbers in "old Europe", changing forever social and cultural landscapes, more and more studies are currently undergone about new multicultural and immigrant churches.

Although all Christian traditions are impacted by immigration, Evangelicalism is at the frontline, as warm, grassroot and zealous Evangelical congregations appear more attractive to migrants than other more traditional religious forms.

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10/22/2011

Lorraine Winston (1922-2011)

Lorraine Winston.jpgStrange, while highlighting the Faculté de Vaux-sur-Seine's impact on the French Evangelical field, I mentioned a few days ago John Winston and Lorraine Winston's legacy. In their own ways, both of them impacted French contemporary Protestant history.

I just learned that Lorraine Winston passed away. The service will be held on the 24th of October, 2011.

10/12/2011

A rare insight on a French Evangelical "hub"

Book on Vaux-sur-Seine.jpgIn demographic terms, Evangelicalism in France amounts to a third of all French Protestants.

In terms of practicing Protestants, however, the rate is very different. Around two thirds (if not three quarters) of practicing Protestants in contemporary France are Evangelicals.

But lots of research still needs to be done in order to know better these French born-again citizens.

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10/09/2011

Steve Jobs, death of a secular Messiah?

Sebastien Fath, Steve JobsGuess on what device St Peter checks entries in Heaven? If it's an iPad, we have another confirmation of Steve Job's supernatural powers...

The death of Steve Jobs (1955-2011), founder of the Apple Brand and digital genius, has everything to fascinate observers of contemporary religion. 

If you are blessed enough to read French, please click here to check out my French-speaking blognote. It you read English only (nobody's perfect), please read Andy Crouch's excellent analysis of Steve Jobs as a secular prophet (Wall Street Journal).

10/04/2011

Forthcoming: the New Protestant France

4001140137.jpgAfter a year-long process, let me proudly announce that La nouvelle France protestante (The New Protestant France) will be released this month!

In this big volume, written by 22 contributors, the whole new French protestant landscape will be described at length, with maps, data (including a big global IFOP survey), in-depth analysis.THis "must-have" is published by Labor-et-Fides, a strong Swiss-based publisher.

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09/30/2011

Religions as brands? A Lausanne Conference (13-15 October 2011)

Megachurches, Steve Bruce, Laurence Iannacocone, Philippe Simmonot, Lausanne, brands, Roger FinkeLet's mention a very exciting Conference about religions and brands.

In my 2008 book devoted to the study of megachurches, I had noticed that branding strategies could interfere with religious motives, especially in some big megachurches.

This Lausanne Conference, held from the 13th to the 15th of October, 2011, will put some fresh light on this questions. The title of the Conference is : "Religions as Brands – The Marketizalisation of Religion and Spirituality". It will include some remarkable speakers as Steve Bruce, Laurence Iannacocone, Philippe Simmonot and Roger Finke.

07/25/2011

A French woman at the head of the IMF

france,christine lagarde,imf,catholicism,dominique strauss-kahnWho knows Christine Lagarde?

In France, everybody knows her for sure, as she served as an able and hard-working Finance minister for 3 years. But the world still needs to get more familiar with the new head International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she replaces…. Another French politician, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, currently facing criminal charges in New York.

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06/30/2011

Regulating religion in the PARISIAN area

Regulating religion in Paris.jpgOn the 14th of June, 2011, I've had the priviledge to be part of an international conference jointly organized by my French research team (the GSRL) and Washington University (St Louis, USA).

My topic was: Regulating religion in the Parisian area. You want to know more? Here is my PDF draft paper (sorry, you won't see the Powerpoint presentation, but there was one also).

S.Fath, Regulating religious diversity in the Parrisian area.pdf

It is a preliminary document which will need to be revised, improved and extended.

03/18/2011

Greece: an immigrant's nightmare

ImageGen.ashx.jpegImmigration becomes more and more controversial in aging Europe.

Even France, often self-described as "the hotbed of Human Rights" (French Revolution, blablabla), is currently facing the growth of extreme right wing party (with Marine le Pen, credited with 20% of vote intentions!).

Often described as a threat, migrants' rights are more and more at risk.

How do Civil societies react ? Including churches ?

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03/09/2011

French, Most Useful Second Language ?

images.jpegWatching the French media, one of the many things that puzzles me during the current Arabic revolutions (from Tunisia to Egypt) is that in spite of the French decline, French language is still used by many (even by some in Lybia).

Why? Many strong historical reasons explain that. But there are also some more pragmatic reasons. I just found a quite well-documented article (published online in 2008) which explains pretty well why French language might remain "the most useful Second Language for English speakers".

10/30/2010

Severe cuts : France and UK compared

Gallery-Frances-Unions-St-014.jpgIn France, UK and whole Europe, severe cuts are announced.

How do the French and the Brits react to this time of sacrifice ?

Glory be to Schrank, everything is explained in one single drawing (see below).

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10/27/2010

Protestants in Canada: a forthcoming book from Brill

brill2.pngI juste received an email from Jason Zuidema (Concordia University) and I want to share the good news: a manuscript on French Protestantism in Canada has been officially accepted by Brill



Henry Gooren, the general editor, has officially accepted the manuscript into the 'Religion in the Americas' series. 

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09/13/2010

BBC page on French laïcité (laicity, secularism)

arton231.jpgI have recently discovered an interesting BBC page about French laïcité (particuliar French way to deal with Secularism). 

 

Here is the link: BBC page on French Laïcité (secularism).

This page rightly emphasizes the importance of French History:

"Because of past precedent it is very easy for the French to interpret any strong religious views as a direct threat to their freedom and way of life".

09/07/2010

Coming soon: a Paris Conference on French Protestantism

Unknown.jpegWhoever wants to know more about the current state of French Protestantism should notice: a big Conference will be organized in Paris in 2010, from November, the 18th, to November the 20th.
 
The conference's title is : "French Protestantism : A restructured family". This conference is impulsed by the Protestant Federation of France (FPF).

 

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09/03/2010

ASR Meeting in Atlanta: my draft paper

P1070950.jpgI recently attended the annual ASR 2010 meeting in Atlanta (Georgia), a great US hub for social scientists working on religion.

 

Along with a few European scholars who were also present, I had the privilege to speak on my current research.

 

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08/11/2010

S.Fath's updated CV in English (2010)

cv.jpgJust before leaving France to the ASR annual Conference in Atlanta (2010), it is more than time to revive this blog.

Just in case you have forgotten this blog's author, well, please have a look to this short updated CV.

I did it two monthes ago for the British academic public.

S.Fath's short CV (2010).pdf

 

07/12/2010

French ban on face-covering veils (Burqa): some explanations

lookahead12nw1_j_758102gm-a.jpgIn a very cruel, unfair and misleading editorial, the New York Times criticized the French will to ban the Burqa in the streets (one should say the Niqab: full radical muslim face-covering veil). This editorial was published on January 26, 2010.

The title was: "The Taliban would applaud" (sic).

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11/20/2009

2009 Protestant Festival in Strasbourg (Oct., 30 - Nov.,2)

Calvin_20.jpgDuring the whole 2009 year, French Protestant have been celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the French-born church reformer who inspired a movement that now has tens of millions of adherents worldwide.


No doubt that this Year's climax has been the huge Protestant Festival organized by the Protestant  Federation of France (FPF) in Strasbourg (Alsace, Eastern part of France).

 

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