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Equality North East


God save democracy: politics as ‘love your neighbour’

Theos, 77 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2EZ

Christians often see the secular as anti-Christian. At the same time, non-religious commentators get nervous about Christians being too “religious” in public and argue that religious and philosophical diversity means that we have to separate religion from politics. But both Christians and their non-religious counterparts misunderstand the secular, confusing it with secularism – a means by which liberal states control and manage religions. In the process, both misconceive the purpose of politics.

Drawing on Christ and the common life: political theology and the case for democracy (Eerdmans, 2019), Luke Bretherton will set out a vision of democratic politics as a form of neighbour love and argue that the secular, properly understood, is a theological idea which should undermine ideological secularism.

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