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
> 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.

Issues for Political Theology and Public Life (2)



Should Labour Oppose Individualism?

 Date: Saturday 20th September 2014

Location: The Middland Hotel,

Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS (5 minutes walk from Labour's Conference Venue)



 Public Debate: Should Labour Oppose Individualism? from Religions and Theology Manc on Vimeo.

Debate Participants

Claire Fox is the director of the Institute of Ideas, which she established tocreate a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She has a particular interest in education and social issues such as crime and mental health.  Claire convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival, which will next take place at the Barbican in London in October 2014. She is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education and the media on TV and radio programmes such as Question Time, and Any Questions? She is also a columnist for TES (Times Education Supplement) and MJ (Municipal Journal).

Bob Marshall-Andrews Q.C. joined the Labour Party in 1971. He entered Parliament as the member for Medway in 1997 and quickly became a key figure on the libertarian left by repeated rebellions against the Blair government especially on issues of civil liberty. In the past he has accused the Labour leadership of 'contempt for Parliament, contempt for party and contempt for the old tedious debating institutions on which democracy ultimately rests'. Bob stood down as an MP in 2010.

John Milbank joined the Department of Theology at the University of Nottingham in September 2004. He has previously taught at the Universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Virginia. He is the author of several books of which the most well-known is Theology and Social Theory and the most recent Being Reconciled: Ontology and Pardon. He is one of the editors of the Radical Orthodoxy collection of essays which occasioned much debate. He is presently a key figure in the political movement known as 'Blue Labour'. 

Ian Geary is a graduate of the University of Manchester and is presently working as Senior Parliamentary Assistant at Office of Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP.  He is also an Executive member of Christians on the Left. Located at the interface of faith and politics, Ian is an advocate of the political movement known as 'Blue Labour'. He has characterised BL as 'a movement situated within the British Labour party which affirms the primacy of civic society, faith, family and the honouring of place. It postulates a political economy that rejects both neo-liberalism and liberal, statist  Keynesianism'.  Most recently he has co-edited a collection of essays on these themes with the theologian Adrian Pabst. The volume includes contributions from   Jon Cruddas MP, Lord Glasman, Natascha Engel MP, Frank Field MP, Tom Watson MP, Ruth Davis and David Lammy MP.