Britain is becoming more plural rather than more secular, with an unprecedentedly wide range of ethical, cultural, and religious commitments on show in public, provoking urgent questions of how we live together.
Theos believes that government has an important role to play in enabling this but that a good society is best achieved through practical, local engagement, which is both open and honest about motivations and objectives. Government can encourage, but not organise or replace, this activity.
Our work has analysed ideas of patriotism, political loyalty, theoretical multiculturalism and the practical reality on the ground.
David Barclay advocates a new approach to living together, grounded in localised ‘political friendships’.
Jonathan Chaplin argues that multiculturalism still has indispensable contribution to realising a just society.
Not only can politicians talk openly about British values and the British way of life, but it is increasingly felt that they need to, partly to foster social cohesion and partly to build civil society?