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Religion in Public Life: Levelling the Ground
1st September 2016
It is a commonplace to say that religion has returned to public life. And like most commonplaces it is partially true. Religion is most certainly present in public life in new and very visible ways but to imply that religion was once nowhere and is now everywhere is seriously misleading.
We need instead to enquire into the factors that have brought about the current shift in perspective. That done, we must examine in detail the different – and at times contrasting – ways in which religion manifests itself is the very varied segments of society that we deem to be public.
Prof. Grace Davie's forthcoming Theos essay, based on her 2016 Cadbury Lectures, looks at the "return" of religion in public life, analysing a series of 'levels' - local, metropolitan, national, and global - and exploring why, how and whither we see religion in public life today.
Grace Davie is Professor Emeritus at the University of Exeter.
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