Seeking the common good: The role of churches in a post-secular and post-Christendom context
15 April 2021, 16:00 - 18:00
Open to the public
This event is free - register below to attend
In collaboration with the Cambridge Centre for Geopolitics, the Blavatnik School of Government welcomes Anne Guillard (University of Geneva and SciencesPo Paris) for a public webinar to discuss her work on Christianity and democratic citizenship in plural societies.
Under the influence of post-secularity, some Christian movements around Europe are reasserting the relevance of Christianity in politics. Anne will discuss how this re-assertion is inundated with distrust of the secular and relative self-othering of Christian communities from wider society. At the crossroads of political theory, political sociology and Christian theology, she will explore a 'vision of the common': can Christianity (that is, different expressions thereof) constructively and humbly contribute to the common good when Christianity is one among many voices?
Sophia Johnson (University of Cambridge) will offer a response based on her research into the reception of ideas of the 'covenant' in Christian political thought. Marietta van der Tol (Blavatnik School of Government) will offer a response based on her research on the visibility of religious diversity in public space.
This event is coupled with the webinar Racism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism: Othering and the weakness of Christian identity, 14 April 2021, 16:00–18:00 (BST). These webinars are offered as part of the Protestant Political Thought conference of 2021, a collaboration between the Blavatnik School of Government and the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge.