President Trump and the Christian right

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My new article in Open Democracy explores the rocky relationship between religion and civil society politics….In particular I ask if Does Trump’s election represents a victory for reactionary religion or a prelude to faith-based opposition?

If you’d to find out more just click on the link….

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Faith-based Organising – Doing Justice & Loving Mercy

In recent decades faith has made a dramatic return to civil society politics. One of the most significant expressions of this is found in faith-based community organising.

Yesterday I spoke about the relationship between faith and politics in the superdiverse city at the British Quaker Social Justice Conference in Birmingham. In particular I thought about faith-based community organising as a powerful model of civil society politics. If you would like to look at my presentation you can find it by clicking here…..

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What Role For Religion In Public Life?

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What role should faith groups play in civil society politics? In a society where a majority of people do not belong to any faith community should faith groups leave ‘politics’ to the ‘politicians’ or do they have an obligation to translate theological values into grassroots political activism?

This video from 2014 explores this question in some depth…..’The Role of Religion in Public Life’. What do you think?

Should Religion and Politics Mix?

My work as a Research Fellow in Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University focuses to a large degreee on the relationship between the values/theology of faith groups and their engagement in civil society politics.

This morning I was interviewed on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire. I was asked ‘Should religion and politics mix?’ To hear what I had to say please click on the link…..