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Sydney Martin Memorial Lecture 2018

Event — 18th February 2018

‘Searching for ‘God’ after God’ Public theology in a an age of political re-enchantment.
Lecturer: Professor Chris Baker  (Goldsmiths – University of london)

May 29th 2018 7:30pm-9:00pm

This lecture seeks to understand some of the civic and political implications and possibilities arising out of the profound shifts taking place in the religious and belief landscape of the UK, including the sharp rise on the numbers of those who identify themselves as ‘No Religion’.Using conceptual frameworks such as postsecularity, spiritual capital and progressive localism, the lecture outlines both the challenges and opportunities for Christian and faith-based mission and praxis, focusing in particular on the widespread search for authenticity and re-enchantment in both individual and public life.
The lecture concludes by suggesting that churches and other faith-groups are well- placed to exercise new forms of civic and spiritual leadership that curate new spaces of postsecular dialogue and action in the public sphere, as both religion and the secular become increasingly ‘deformalised’ within the context of intense social change and growing diversity.
Professor Chris Baker
Christopher Baker is William Temple Professor of Religion and Public Life Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of the William Temple Foundation. He has degrees in both English Language and Literature, Theology, Religion and Urban Planning. His work also explores the changing dynamic of faith-based organisations and communities, and is rooted in both theological as well as social scientific disciplines. Major themes in his work include spiritual capital and postsecularity. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.