The Mighty and the Almighty: How Political Leaders Do God

A book exploring how different Christian politicians have used (and abused) religion in their politics. Read the introduction online here.

Forthcoming Events

Genes, Determinism and God

Denis Alexander discusses the challenges of behavioural genetics for faith


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. 

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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