Modern Believing


Modern Believing (2020), 61, (1), 23–35.


In discussing the relationship between theology and the public square, this article focuses on the political profile of the Church of England. It asks whether it is possible to speak of the Church of England having anything resembling a political theology, and argues that its historic foundations and ecclesiology dispose it toward social consensus and the reconciliation of division. After considering one example of the Church’s engagement with public debate – The House of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, ‘Who is My Neighbour?’, issued in advance of the 2015 general election – the article then identifies some prospects and priorities for the future.

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Brown, Malcolm

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