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Students should unite to tackle debts, report says

The Church Times covers our most recent report ‘Forgive us our Debts’ co–authored by Nathan Mladin. 01/02/2019

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The Church Times covers our most recent report ‘Forgive us our Debts’ produced in partnership with St Paul’s Institute and co–authored by Theos researcher Nathan Mladin. 

“STUDENTS who unite to threaten wholesale default on their loans are among the more radical possibilities set out in a new report that explores debt in the UK.

“Forgive Us Our Debts”: Lending and borrowing as if relationships matter, by Theos and the St Paul’s Institute, also suggests that the UK consider moving towards a system in which “those most able to pay the most interest do so, while those least able to pay, pay the least” — the opposite of the current situation.

In their exploration of “one of the most pressing and complex issues of our age”, the researchers, Nathan Mladin and Barbara Ridpath, argue that debt has reached “unprecedented levels” in the UK and around the world. “There are indications that personal debt levels are reaching unsustainable levels.””

Nathan Mladin

Nathan Mladin

Nathan joined Theos in 2016. He holds an MTh and PhD in Systematic Theology from Queen’s University Belfast. He is the author of several Theos publications, including “Forgive Us Our Debts: lending and borrowing as if relationships matter”, a report on the ethics of debt (with Barbara Ridpath), and the chapter on ‘Václav Havel’ in “The Mighty and the Almighty: How Political Leaders do God” (Biteback, 2017). His current research interests include: religion in London; theology and economics; the ethics of AI/robotics; and theology and contemporary art.

Posted 1 February 2019

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