In this article Tariq discusses CORAB in the changing context and understandings of religion and belief in in Britain, particularly the place of minority faiths and what this means for reflecting on issues such as identity and equality.
Robin Richardson considers the ‘critical friendship’ between Enlightenment values and religious ideas.
Trevor Cooling contrasts positivist and interpretivist positions, arguing that the latter provides better ground for cooperation.
Here Tariq Modood introduces the Zutshi-Smith Symposium on The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life and the papers collected in this theme.
APPG on Faith and Society releases “Statement of Hope” in response to recent events, affirming its commitment to values of community and hope.
The Counter-Extremism Strategy Discussion Tuesday, 22 March, 3.00-4.30, Jubilee Room, House of Commons What are the responses and concerns of faith groups to the Counter-Extremism strategy and should people of faith be more concerned? FaithAction and the All-Party Parliamentary Faith and Society Group invite you to a discussion on the Counter-Extremism Strategy. Speakers include: Liam Byrne, MP – ‘The conveyor belt versus the fork in the road: towards a new theory on radicalisation’ Fiona … Continued
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.
Together with the All-Party Parliamentary Interfaith Group, we invite you to a discussion on the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life which will take place on: Monday 7 March at 4 p.m. in Committee Room 2a in the House of Lords. The Commission was convened in 2013 by the Woolf Institute, and was chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss. It considered the place and role of religion and belief in contemporary … Continued
Faith-based organisations have engaged in a wide range of activities to help Syrian refugees, from raising funds and providing welfare support to campaigning on issues of resettlement and asylum.
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.