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Atheists: The Origin of the Species

Join Nick Spencer and the Theos team for an evening of discussion about Nick's new book: Atheists: The Origin of the Species


How to think about religious freedom

Nick Spencer cuts through the complexities of religion and law to give a clear and judicious overview of what is at stake.

Theos Team

Elizabeth Oldfield (formerly Elizabeth Hunter)



Before joining Theos in August 2011, Elizabeth had worked for the BBC in both television and radio, and also for the Church and Media Network. She has an MA in Theology from King's College London. 

Nick Spencer

Research Director


Nick Spencer worked as a researcher and consultant for Research International, The Henley Centre, the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and the Jubilee Centre before joining Theos. The author of several Theos reports and a number of books, including Darwin and God (SPCK, 2009) and Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible (Hodder and Stoughton, 2011). He is currently working on a book on the history of atheism, which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014, and is also Visiting Research Fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Paul Bickley

Senior Researcher

Paul Bickley is the Senior Researcher at Theos. With a background working in Parliament and public affairs, he holds an MLitt from the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. Paul is author of Coming off the Bench and Building Jerusalem? Christianity and the Labour Party. 

Alanna Harris

Operations and Events Manager

Before joining Theos in August 2011, Alanna worked with the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She has an undergraduate degree in theology from Oxford University.

Consultant researchers

Stephen Backhouse

Stephen Backhouse writes in the areas of politics, public policy and religion.  He has worked and researched at McGill University in Montreal, and at the University of Oxford, where he is now based.  His current project involves providing a theological assessment of religious nationalism.

Jonathan Chaplin

Jonathan Chaplin is the first Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics. He took up the position in September 2006.  He is a specialist in Christian political thought, and is author or editor of six books and many articles in this field, intended both for academic and for wider audiences.

Ian Christie

Ian Christie is Research Fellow in the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey, and Coordinator of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group. He has focused on questions of sustainability since the 1980s, was lead author and researcher for the Church of England's environmental vision Church & Earth 2009-2016, and has been an environmental advsor for the Diocese of Southwark and the Bishop of Kingston.

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green is a graduate of Oxford University. She taught at secondary level for a number of years and holds an MA in Education Management from King's College, London. Elizabeth has just completed a DPhil in Education at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

Andrew Partington

Andrew Partington is based at Trinity Union Church, an international church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. His PhD thesis explored the contribution of bishops to the House of Lords during the Thatcher years. He is married to Michaela and they have two children, Daniel and Jemimah.

Roger Trigg

Roger Trigg is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and currently Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Kellogg College, Oxford. He is the author of a number of books, most recently Religion in Public Life (OUP).

Sam Tomlin

Sam Tomlin is a part-time policy researcher at the think tank CentreForum and part-time community organiser in north London where he lives with his wife Jenni. After graduating with a BA in Theology from Oxford University he has worked at the Shaftesbury Partnership, education charity Teaching Leaders and the Sports Think Tank as well as a number of research projects as a consultant.

Angus Ritchie

Canon Dr. Angus Ritchie is Assistant Priest at St Peter's Anglican Church, Bethnal Green and Assistant Chaplain for Social Action at Keble College, Oxford.  He is an Honorary Canon of Worcester Cathedral, a Visiting Research Fellow of the Centre for Institutional Studies at the University of East London and a Research Associate at the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Oxford. Angus teaches on apologetics and on community organising at St Mellitus College, London.

Stephen Holmes

Dr. Stephen Holmes is Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of St. Andrews. eve is also involved in a number of knowledge transfer activities, seeking to bridge the gap between the academy, church, and culture, particularly in the context of the evangelical churches. He speaks regularly at Christian conferences, and at ministers' meetings, leads church retreats, and so on. He publishes at a popular as well as an academic level, and often offers theological consultancy to Christian organisations engaged in public policy work.

Advisory Group

Baroness Elizabeth Berridge
Dr Anna Rowlands
Francis Davis
Benjamin Janes
Jill Kirby
Canon Dr Ann Holt OBE
Rob Hutton
Dr Daniel Kruger
Dr David Landrum
Dr Anna Robbins
Revd Canon Lucy Winkett