Religion in public life

Discussion on the Commission on Religion and Belief in British 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

Reflections on Responses to the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

In this article, Dr Edward Kessler, Vice-Chair and Convenor of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life reflects on Public Spirit’s recent series of articles on the Commission. Arguing that religion and belief is not taken for granted, he suggests we need a nuanced approach to understanding the role of religion and belief in British public life.

Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life – the media as a medium for improving religious understanding

Shenaz Bunglawala calls for the Commission to deliberate the disparity in legislative protections for groups defined by race and those defined by religion and the inevitable retort of some who claim that religion, as a ‘chosen’ trait does not merit or deserve the legal treatment prescribed to ascriptive traits.

Religion in Britain: A Retrospect

Reflecting on debates on the public presence of religion, Grace Davie suggests the future is uncertain, but there is a need for forums like Public Spirit to permit a more constructive discussion on how to respond to religion in the public square, and the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary needed to ‘talk well about religion’.