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Theos works with politicians, faith leaders, academics, professionals in media, policy and other sectors. Here are some of the things people say about Theos.

Why we exist

I became convinced, particularly when I was Education Secretary and then Home Secretary, that the importance of religion in our I became convinced, particularly when I was Education Secretary and then Home Secretary, that the importance of religion in our national life is insufficiently thought about, insufficiently discussed, insufficiently considered, and it’s critically important for our welfare as a society in a wide variety of ways that we are able to discuss these things in an informed and positive way, and most important of all, on the basis of proper research and understanding of the society of which we are a part. Theos is one of the few places where this is really happening.
Charles Clarke, former Home Secretary

In today’s increasingly complex and polarised world, the challenges facing humanity are immense. Theos brings a clarity of research and analysis on the modern world by drawing on religious thinking and showing how it is still relevant and timely today.
Chris Bain, Director, CAFOD

Theos initiatives (written, spoken, long, short, proactive or reflective) are not only excellent in themselves, but reach places which other don’t.  A welcome antidote to a public conversation about faith which all too often is not only ill–informed but ill–mannered.
Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus, Sociology of Religion, University of Exeter

Since its inception, Theos has provided an extremely valuable service to thinking people concerned with some of the contemporary problems of faith, culture and public policy. It’s publications and events have furnished the kind of informed and critical perspectives that challenge many of the specious arguments of those who want to expunge religion or faith–informed discourse from the public square. I have certainly benefitted from the work of this unashamedly Christian think tank. I commend its work and wish it well as it continues to provide the kind of prophetic, political and cultural discernment that is needed in the public square for the common good.

David Muir, Lecturer, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Roehampton

It was a great privilege for me to give the annual Theos lecture in 2009 and I have long been an admirer of your work. I commend your tireless efforts in promoting public theology in Britain.
Lord Sacks, Emeritus Chief Rabbi

Theos continues to meet a long felt need for a think thank that believes the Christian faith has a political as well as a personal dimension. Non–political in a party sense, it provides balanced and in–depth discussion on how the Christian Faith might impinge on a range public policy issues.
Lord Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford

Theos has done a huge amount to raise the level of public debate about religion. It has won respect for its high–quality research and respect for honest enquiry.
Linda Woodhead, Professor, Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University

I personally find it reassuring to know that debates about the future of our country in a rapidly changing world are informed by the thoughtful and rigorous work coming out of Theos.

Joy Carter, Professor and Vice–Chancellor of the University of Winchester

Theos blend faith and policy in a creative and energetic way.
Dilwar Hussain, Head of the Policy Research Centre, Islamic Foundation.

[Theos] essays are of a high order of reasoning [and they] certainly enrich public debate in a way that few other Christian bodies manage to do.
Studies in Christian Ethics 

Theos is an inspired idea – and fills a big gap in our culture.
Edward Stourton, BBC journalist

In an age when discussion of religion is all too often caught between extremist aggression and secularist intolerance, Theos offers a perspective that is distinctly Christian yet at the same time accessible and thought–provoking.

Charles Moore, former editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator

For the last ten years Theos has been reminding us what the gospel means for our public life – which the church often forgets and the world often mocks. This work is now more necessary than ever.
Tom Wright, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St Andrews

Among the most pressing political challenges of our time is to define the politics of the common good – ways of resisting the relentless commodification of our lives, our families and our communities. Theos shows us how the Christian tradition has a huge part to play in meeting that challenge.
Jon Cruddas MP 

Politics must ultimately be a moral endeavour. Neutrality – even secular neutrality – is not a serious option. Theos gets this, and in the 10 years since they were founded they have consistently provided an intelligent and well–researched Christian view on contemporary public life. You don’t have to agree with them, still less be a Christian, to benefit from what they have to say.
Frank Field MP

Theos is a body that commands attention.

The Economist

Theos provides rare proof that theology can be interesting and relevant even – perhaps especially – for those who do not believe.
Julian Baggini, founding editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine

Thank goodness for Theos – a think tank that recognises just how deep the foundations of the future lie buried in the past. It adds so much to public discourse in this country.
Tom Holland, Historian

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