That they all may be one: Insights into English ecumenism

This report explores ecumenism in England. It focuses on Churches Together in England, identifying its strengths and the challenges it faces.

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Religion in Public Life: Levelling the Ground

1st September 2017


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From the report foreword:

"In 1994 Grace Davie published her RELIGION IN BRITAIN SINCE 1945 in association with the Institute of Contemporary British History which Sir Anthony Seldon and I had co-founded in 1986.  It was one of the most influential books in our ‘Making Contemporary Britain’ series and its sub-title, ‘Believing Without Belonging’ entered the mainstream of our national conversation about faith  in the UK.

Grace possesses a very special gift. She excels at the spiritual equivalent of aerial photography.  It’s a very demanding art – perhaps the hardest of all of them that go into the making of a country’s demographics. RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE: LEVELLING THE GROUND is another very special Grace exposition written with her customary clarity and lucidity based upon her Edward Cadbury Lectures delivered at the University of Birmingham in March 2016.

At a time of sharp anxiety about our country and the world we are fortunate to have a wise and good friend in Grace to guide us through the perplexities. She does this at both the micro and macro levels in an era which many regard as witnessing a return of religion as a big player in national and world affairs.

As in her 1994 study, Grace embeds her analysis in the context of wider social change in the UK and traces the development of what she calls ‘a model of choice, rather than a model of obligation or duty’.  This volume is a fascinating, stimulating new contribution to our conversation about the spiritual and worshipping patterns of the nation and deserves the widest readership and the most careful thought."

Peter Hennessy, FBA,
Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History,
Queen Mary University of London.
Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield,
September 2017


Religion in Public Life: Levelling the Ground will be published in October 2017.

Grace Davie is Professor Emeritus at the University of Exeter. Her recent book Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox was the subject of a Theos blog series on the future of religion in Britain.

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