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24 November 2021 - 24 November 2021

4:00PM - 5:30PM

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Anglican Political Theologies and the Political Mission of the Church Prof Luke Bretherton (Duke Divinity School)

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The Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies and Cranmer Hall, Durham, are pleased to present the first joint research seminar of the academic year 2021–22.

Prof Luke Bretherton will be with us to speak and engage in discussion on the topic 'Anglican Political Theologies and the Political Mission of the Church'. For this seminar, we will be discussing a chapter on Anglicanism from his significant recent book Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy (Eerdmans, 2019).

The seminar will be held on Zoom. Please register on this page to receive the meeting details and, in due course, the excerpt to be circulated for discussion.

This event is the first of three termly seminars in 2021–22 jointly presented by Cranmer Hall and the Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies, and part of a wider series of seminars and events put on by the Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies. More information about the programme of events can be found on the Centre's website.


The organisers will welcome you to the seminar and introduce our speaker. Prof Bretherton will introduce his recent book and set the scene for discussion by sketching some main approaches engaged in the chapter we are considering. There will then be the chance for you to ask questions and for conversation to develop in response to the chapter and the presentation. Questions are welcome from those new to the seminar format as well as those who have attended many similar events before.


Professor Luke Bretherton is Robert E. Cushman Distinguished Professor of Moral and Political Theology at Duke Divinity School and senior fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Before joining the Duke faculty in 2012, he was reader in Theology & Politics and convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum at King's College London. His latest book is Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy (Eerdmans, 2019). His other books include Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of a Common Life (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which was based on a four-year ethnographic study of broad-based community organising initiatives in London and elsewhere; Christianity & Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), winner of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing; and Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity (Routledge, 2006), which develops constructive, theological responses to pluralism in dialogue with broader debates in moral philosophy. Alongside his scholarly work, he writes in the media (including The GuardianThe Times and The Washington Post) on topics related to religion and politics, has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, mission agencies, and churches around the world, and has been actively involved over many years in forms of grassroots democratic politics, both in the UK and the US.