Seeking the common good: The role of churches in a post-secular and post-Christendom context

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Online event
Open to the public
This event is free - register below to attend
15
April 2021
Discussion

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.

Please note: The webinars are facilitated over Zoom. For more information, please email marietta.vandertol@bsg.ox.ac.uk or religion@centreforgeopolitics.cam.ac.uk.