Religion in Public Life: Levelling the Ground
In this report, sociologist Grace Davie explores religion’s renewed visibility in public life, asking why we have got here and what the future holds.
The Sacred is a podcast about the things we cherish and hold dear to us. In episode 3, we speak to Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and former Liberal Democrat leader.
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In the third episode of The Sacred, Elizabeth Oldfield speaks to former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who led the party until 2017, when he stepped down after claiming he could not be a committed political leader and a committed Christian. This came after a controversial interview in which he was grilled on his position on same–sex relations.
Seven months on, Tim reflects back on that moment, as well as British politics as a whole. He talks about the crisis of liberalism, how ‘identity politics’ can prevent the free exchange of ideas in the public space, and how Christians wanting to enter politics should be willing to exert grace, and embrace humility, if they wish to make a real change.
Tim gave the Theos 2017 Annual Lecture, ‘What Kind of Liberal Society Do We Want?’ You can catch up on it here.
The Sacred is produced by Hussein Kesvani and No Country Media.
Elizabeth is host of The Sacred podcast. She was Theos’ Director from August 2011 – July 2021. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, and writing in The Financial Times.
Posted 17 December 2017
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