Re-Imagining Religion and Belief

21st Century Policy and Practice

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Christopher Baker, Beth R. Crisp, Adam Dinham
  • Bristol, England: 
    Policy Press
    , December
     152 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Creighton Coleman forthcoming.


The need to reimagine religion and belief is precipitated by their greater visibility in public life. Meanwhile, social policy responses often see them from a problem-based, rather than an asset-based, approach. However, with growing diversity of religion and belief in every sector comes the potential for new dialogues across previously impermeable policy and disciplinary silos.

This volume brings together leading international authors to critically consider these challenges within legal and policy frameworks, including security and cohesion, welfare, law, health and social care, inequality, cohesion, extremism, migration and abuse. It challenges policy makers to re-imagine religion and belief as an integral part of public life that contains resources, practices, forms of knowledge and experience that are essential to a coherent policy approach to diversity, enhanced democracy and participation.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Christopher Baker is William Temple Professor of Religion and Public Life in the Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of Research, William Temple Foundation.

Beth R. Crisp is the Discipline Leader for Social Work in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Australia.

Adam Dinham is Professor of Faith & Public Policy and Director, Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London.


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