Why we exist
Too often, opinions about religion are ill–informed. Our work is for everyone who wants to go beneath the surface, behind the headlines, beyond the superficial and common misconceptions.
What we do
Research is at our core. To date, we’ve published over 50 reports on big issues impacting UK society, from faith–based social action to multiculturalism. We also host debates, seminars and lectures – on religion, politics and society, in the contemporary world.
Theos’ advice and analysis is shaping the hearts and minds of politicians, policy makers, academics and journalists. You’ll often hear and see us on the news, or quoted in the press. Our work is rigorous, stimulating intelligent debate, and starting new conversations – conversations that are constructive and vibrant, diverse and informed.
What we believe
We believe Christianity is a force for good in society. We reject the notion that faith is part of the problem. Faith helps the UK to flourish.
In our work, we strive to be —
Stimulating intelligent, dynamic debate. We want to inspire thoughtful people to engage with our conviction that faith can be a force for good.
All we do is rooted in thorough research and analysis. Our rigour means we can express an informed view with confidence.
Theos is a balanced Christian voice in an unsettled world. We work independently from any church, encouraging a sensible conversation around faith.
How we are funded
Theos receives a core costs grant from the British and Foreign Bible Society. The majority of our published research is funded by charitable trusts – although some is funded by individual supporters. We run a Friends and Associates programme for people who want to support our work on an ongoing basis. We also offer research consultancy to organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector that want to understand religion better.
Across all our work we maintain standards of editorial independence and transparency, working with clients who share our values and acknowledging funders.
Where we sit
Theos is a Christian think tank, committed to the belief that religion in general and Christianity in particular has much to offer for the common good.
We launched in 2006, with support from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, but remain independent of any particular denomination.
Theos employs and works with people from other faiths and none.
We are not aligned with any point on the party political spectrum, believing that Christian social and political thought cuts across these distinctions.