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Matthew Rowley

img_3984Matthew is a PhD Candidate in early modern religious and political history at the University of Leicester. His thesis is entitled ‘Godly Killing: Military Providentialism in the British Atlantic World, 1620–1680’. This study traces Puritan interpretations of providence in military victory over enemies in England, Ireland, Scotland and colonial America. He is concerned throughout with how beliefs are created, sustained, contested, and occasionally dismantled. Though the focus is on theology and warfare, the work also touches on issues of identity, race, slavery, law, and communal remembrance of the past.
Matthew holds an MDiv and ThM from Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis where he wrote his thesis on the imitation of biblical violence. Among his published works are ‘What Causes Religious Violence?: Three Hundred Claimed Contributing Causes’ (Journal of Religion and Violence) and ‘How Should We Respond to Religious Violence?: Fifteen Ways to Critique our Own Thoughts’ (Ethics in Brief). He is currently coediting a volume on religion, hermeneutics, and violence for a theological journal.

News & Events

24th Apr 2018

CIRIS Research Associate Leor Zmigrod Publishes Paper on Psychology of Brexit Voting

CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Leor Zmigrod has published a paper on the psychological processes that give rise to nationalistic ideologies in the context of the United Kingdom’s 2016 EU Referendum. The research identified cognitive information processing styles that contribute towards support for Brexit and opposition to immigration and free movement of labour. Specifically, the findings […]

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Publications

21st Feb 2018

Interview: Christopher Douglas on ‘Religion and Fake News’

In January 2018 CIRIS released a fascinating new report by Prof Chris Douglas on religion and fake news. The report explores the religious dimension of fake news in both Europe and the United States and offers recommendations for how policymakers and other leaders can fight back against faith-based fake news. Christopher Douglas teaches American literature and […]

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