Silvio Ferrari argues that a ‘weak pluralism’ is the best way of incorporating religious diversity into European legal traditions.
Simon Lee asks that we take section 13 of the Human Rights Act 1988 seriously to recognise the fundamental place of freedom of thought, conscience and religion in British society.
Chris Shannahan asks does Louise Casey’s report represent a great leap forward on the debate on diversity and integration, or a missed opportunity?
APPG on Faith and Society releases “Statement of Hope” in response to recent events, affirming its commitment to values of community and hope.
To mark the publication of the report “Public Faith and Finance: Faith responses to the financial crisis”, a policy roundtable discussion was held on 14 July with the APPG on Faith and Society, chaired by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, with a response from Steve Double MP.
A new report from the University of Bristol on Public Faith and Finance highlights the role and contributions of faith organisations in responding to the financial crisis and austerity politics.
The place of religion in public life in Britain and so many other countries has changed remarkably in the last couple of decades. The renewed public character of religion rightly makes us think anew about the place of religion in the national life of the country and our sense of national identity in a time of rapid change. It is in this context that the Woolf Institute at Cambridge created the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life. Public Spirit asked six contributors who study or work with religion in the public sphere, to look at some of the questions that the Commission has posed and the general context of where we are today in relation to the phenomenon of religion in public life.
Drawing on preliminary results from Faith and Finance Survey, we are uncovering a variety of ways in which faith-based organisations and charities are making a significant contribution to alleviating poverty, tackling financial exclusion and advocating ethical products and interest-free forms of credit.
British society is in serious need of higher levels of religious literacy. The potential for misunderstanding, stereotyping and oversimplification based on ignorance is huge – and schools have a big part to play in putting this right.
Reviewing the changes to Prevent, Therese O’Toole argues that since 2011 it has become increasingly expansive, pre-emptive, centralised, top-down and punitive.