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.

Forthcoming Events

Fiction or Gospel truth: can good stories tell a godly story?

Dr Paula Gooder and George Pitcher will discuss the nature and purpose of story-telling and the relationship between truth and fiction


Talking God: The Legitimacy of Religious Public Reasoning


8th December 2008


What role should religious people play in public life? In particular, should they be permitted to appeal to their own faith commitments in public debate? The majority of commentators appear to think not. Should religious believers wish to participate, they argue, they must use "public reasoning" which, by definition, cannot be religious.

Not so, argues Jonathan Chaplin, in this timely and important essay. Not only is public reasoning not necessarily "secular" but it can be, and often has been, religious.

That will not mean that "confessional candour" has a place in every political discussion. But it does mean that religious people should be at liberty to articulate their core convictions if they wish to, and that the public square should be as open as possible to "God talk". Religious arguments, rightly used, will always enrich political debate.