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Reflections: Whatever Happened to the Laity? (Elaine Graham)

LaityIn addition to her many prestigious honours and achievements, our Grosvener Research Professor of Practical Theology, Prof. Elaine Graham, was appointed last year as Canon Theologian of Chester Cathedral. As part of that role, on Saturday 7th February 2015 she will deliver her first annual Cathedral Lecture. Below is an outline of the topic she has chosen to tackle:

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE LAITY?
A joyful consecration, an overdue opportunity and a sense of déja vu Continue reading


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Narrative & Reflexivity: A Roundtable

ChesterFollowing hot on the heels of the interview with Dr Alana Vincent which we pointed you towards yesterday, the folks at The Religious Studies Project have posted the video of a roundtable discussion which also took place the day that we hosted them here at Chester.

The subject of the discussion was Narrative and Reflexivity in the Study of Religion, and Christopher R. Cotter (chair) and Ethan Gjerset Quillen from TRSP were joined by Continue reading


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Publication: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Elaine Graham)

Cover Image for Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceBetween a Rock and a Hard Place: Public Theology in a Post-Secular Age

This book begins with sociological theories of secularization and the ‘post-secular’, and proceeds, via public theology, to Christian apologetics. My concern is to respond to social and cultural trends in the West which suggest that religion, far from becoming marginal to society, is returning to public prominence as a significant factor in global politics and civil society. Tony Blair’s recent comment that ‘religious extremism’ will Continue reading