2016: Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, delivers the ninth annual Theos lecture
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you engage with all religions?Theos comes from a Christian perspective and has a particular interest in Christianity and so most of our work is done in this area. However, many of our arguments and findings relate to religion more generally, and we do look at and work with other religious traditions.
What are your values?
Theos does not have corporate policy positions, but – like all think tanks - we do have a set of values, a worldview, that shapes our approach to research and cultural engagement. Theos subscribes to the historic creeds and formularies of the Christian faith.
Are you evangelical or liberal?
The terms evangelical and liberal can be emotive and are often misunderstood. Theos is inter-confessional. We are Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. We employ people, are advised by and draw on thinking from across different denominations and traditions, and work with people from other faiths and none.
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