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What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

Events and Outputs
> Robots vs Loneliness?
> Focus Groups
> Conference: Care and Machines
Useful links 

Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.

About the Lincoln Theological Institute


The LTI is directed by Prof. Peter Scott and hosts a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Inaugurated in 1997, the Lincoln Theological Institute for the Study of Religion and Society is:

  • a national and international centre of expertise in the theological study of religion and society
  • a promoter of theological research and study into a variety of ethical, pastoral, social and ecclesial issues

The LTI commissions independent research projects, organizes conferences and seminars and produces reports and other publications on many aspects of the sociology of religion, contemporary Christianity and Church and society. The LTI is located in the Department of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester.

The theological research of the Lincoln Theological Institute coalesces around the following themes:

  1. Place, locality, habitation, and ecology
  2. Global threats and powers
  3. Religion and civil society
  4. Technology, limits and transformation
  5. Power and institutions (including the church)
  6. Liberation, political, ecological and public theologies
  7. Culture—including religious cultures—and resources of hope
  8. Theologies of education

Please see our blog for details of LTI activities, events, and outputs that engage with these themes. The blog for the Department of Religions and Theology is here.


In 2018, the LTI celebrated 21 years of pioneering research into theology and society. To mark this, a special brochure was commissioned, and you can view it in the widget below (or download it here).