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
Teaching the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for the first time this term, I’ve been more alert than usual to the different ways in which he figures in the media I consume.
One of the striking things about Bonhoeffer’s currency is the contrasting ways in which he appeals to different Christian constituencies. Some (often but not only of a more liberal persuasion) are drawn to the daring explorations of ‘religionless Christianity’ in the prison letters. Others (often but not only conversatives) appeal to Continue reading
The above Twitter exchange, between Ben Fulford and me, was prompted by the questions at the end of a Chester PG research seminar paper delivered a few weeks ago by one of our research students, Jason Boyd. Jason’s paper was arguing for treating sermons as a dialogic space, and moving away from the model in which the preacher delivers the word from on high and Continue reading