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Populism, religion and politics in a new decade

Populism, religion and politics in a new decade

Theos will be hosting an event on 10th February with Susan Kerr, editor of Is God a Populist? exploring the populist phenomenon and what it has to do with religion.

The rise of populism has been one of the biggest political developments of recent years and there is no sign of it going away any time soon. Populist movements and leaders have changed the face of politics in Europe and beyond. Many of them have done so by using the language and symbolism of Christianity and Christendom.

Drawing on a new book Is God a Populist?, a partnership between Theos and the Norwegian Christian think tank, Skaperkraft, this event will explore the populist phenomenon and what it has to do with religion. What exactly is populism? How has it used Christianity? How have the churches responded? And what can we do about it?

This event will be chaired by Hannah Rich, researcher at Theos. 

Susan Kerr is Senior Research Fellow at the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation, and editor of Is God a Populist?

Ben Ryan is Home Affairs Adviser, Mission and Public Affairs at the Church of England. He is former Head of Research at Theos. Author of the book How The West Was Lost (2019).

The Oslo–based think tank Skaperkraft aims to bring the role of faith and the values of Christian heritage into the public discussions of Europe. Founded in 2011, it engages in pan–European issues such as politics and faith, innovation and the future of work, immigration and social issues such as human trafficking.

For more information about the book Is God a Populist? please visit this website or Facebook page. 

Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start on 10th February. Q&A and drinks/nibbles will follow the discussion.

The new book ‘Is God a Populist?’ will be available to purchase at the event for the *special price of £10 – cash or cheque only* (we are unable to take card payments).

Our building, unfortunately, is not step–free – please email us for further information if needed.

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, most recently ‘The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable’ (Bloomsbury, 2017), ‘The Evolution of the West’ (SPCK, 2016) and ‘Atheists: The Origin of the Species’ (Bloomsbury, 2014).

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