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.

The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG16
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 275 3064

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.

Its current projects are:

Previous projects include:

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