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Who cares if Britain isn't a Christian country? A British Academy Debate on Faith

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Published on Feb 1, 2016

Thursday 28 January 2016, 6.30 - 8pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Chaired by Sameer Rahim, Arts and Books Editor, Prospect

Just how 'religious' is Britain? Is the UK a secular state? Multi-faith? Christian? What do such definitions mean both practically for the infrastructure of civil society and culturally in terms of how we view ourselves and others? Does having a formal label actually make a difference to what happens on the ground, to the experiences and activities of individuals and local communities?

Speakers:

Revd Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch Kt DD FBA
Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford

Professor Iain McLean FBA
Professor of Politics, University of Oxford

Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE
Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies, University of Edinburgh

Polly Toynbee
Vice-President and Patron, British Humanist Association
Columnist, Guardian

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