Following the publication of the CORAB report, ‘A Secularist Response’ was released critical of the report. Here Jonathan Chaplin responds to this criticism, suggesting where future debate about the role of religion in public life might start.
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.
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.
Jenny Taylor argues that religion is too serious to have only a passing acquaintance with it, and requires that journalists acquire religious literacy. Indeed, she suggests that this means ‘essentially, catching up with the paradigm shift in British secular culture that is already upon us.’
DAVID VOAS: Don’t assume what needs proving. Religious privilege needs to be justified, not taken for granted.
The Faiths & Civil Society Unit (FCSU) at Goldsmiths, University of London is undertaking a cutting-edge project to explore what school leavers really need to know and understand about religion and belief in the contemporary world. This takes place in the context of a newly invigorated national conversation around the future of RE underway in the UK, which reveals a lack of clarity about how and where learning about religion and belief should take place, what it should consist of, and what it should be for.
WARWICK HAWKINS of the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) introduces the work of CLG’s Faith Engagement team and outlines some of the Government’s recent efforts to include religious organisations in public life.