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The radicalism of Christmas – Perspectiva

The radicalism of Christmas – Perspectiva

Elizabeth Oldfield spoke at a Perspectiva event on 12th December 2017 about the disturbing, radical politics underpinning the Christmas story.

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Theos’ Director Elizabeth Oldfield spoke on 12th December 2017 at Perspectiva, an organisation which seeks to “transform academic, public, policy and practitioner perceptions of the validity and coherence of examining real world problems with a deeper appreciation of the influence of our inner worlds.” The event focused on Christmas, consumerism and confusion. 

She spoke about the three festivals we celebrate at Christmas – domestic, pagan and Christian – and the disturbing, radical politics underpinning the Christian story. She drew on Theos’ report, The Politics of Christmas. 

Watch Elizabeth’s talk here and extracts from the whole event below.


 Image by Web Gallery of Art from available in the public domain

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth Oldfield

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.

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