Reimagining Religion and Belief in the Public Sphere

Dinham, Adam. 2020. Reimagining Religion and Belief in the Public Sphere. Modern Believing, 61(2), pp. 141-151. ISSN 1353-1425 [Article]

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The renewed visibility of religion and belief at the start of the twenty-first century challenges the expectations of twentieth-century secularisation theory, which predicted the gradual withdrawal of religion from the public sphere. Policymakers are therefore often ill-equipped to accommodate religion within formerly secular paradigms governing the provision of education, security and cohesion, equality and human rights legislation and social welfare. This article asks how secular publics and faith communities alike might imagine policy provision which can come to terms with new ways of thinking about religion in a society that
is simultaneously religious and secular, Christian and multifaith.

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This article is based on a keynote address first given at the Modern Church Conference 2019.

This is the accepted version of the following article: Reimagining Religion and Belief in the Public Sphere. Modern Believing, 61(2), pp. 141-151, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Liverpool University Press Self-Archiving Policy [].


Religion and Public Policy, Security and Cohesion, Equality and Human Rights, Religious Education, Church of England

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


21 February 2020Accepted
2 April 2020Published

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21 Feb 2020 11:45

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10 Jun 2021 05:02

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