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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?

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> Conference: Care and Machines
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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.

New Visibility of Religion



From 2004-2007, four annual symposiums examined the new visibility of religion in European democratic culture. In our first meeting we began a critical examination of this phenomenon from the various perspectives of different European democratic societies. In our second meeting we examined the question of the denial of religious authority in European democratic culture.

Here are further examples of questions participating scholars addressed:

  • Are we experiencing just a new visibility or a re-emergence of religion?
  • Has the nature of religion undergone a change?
  • How do we now evaluate classical theories of secularisation?
  • Who benefits from this new visibility?
  • What are the cultural means for the production of this new visibility?


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