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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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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.

Theology, Plularity and Society


Arising out of two colloquia on Theology, Plurality and Society, hosted by the Lincoln Theological Institute, a special edition of the journal Political Theology was edited by Prof. Peter Scott, titled ‘Theology, Plurality and Society’. The conferences sought to respond to an earlier edition of Political Theology, which assessed critically the political and theological phenomenon of Red Toryism. In the earlier volume, there was persistent criticism of an appeal to a common tradition in the context of a religiously plural society. As such, the papers in this special edition on plurality and society sought to address questions emerging from religious pluralism, such as how theology engages with the theological issues which materialise in socio-cultural settings beyond the academy and beyond the Church.

The issue featured articles by Peter Scott, director of the Lincoln Theological Institute and Samuel Ferguson Professor, and Dr Benjamin Wood, the Lincoln Theological Institute’s Postdoctoral Researcher, as well as articles from Prof. Elaine Graham (Chester), Dr Grahame Smith (Chichester), and Prof. Mark Chapman (Oxford). It was published as the January 2015 edition of Political Theology, Vol. 16, Issue 1.

 

The online edition of the journal can be found here:

http://essential.metapress.com/content/q33p8w652688/