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“The re-emergence of religion in the public square is one of the biggest and most significant paradigm shifts of recent times.”


Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford

There are 7.5 billion people in the world and an estimated 85% identify with a religious group. The biggest religion is Christianity, accounting for about one-third of the earth’s population. The next is Islam whose adherents make up about one-quarter of the world’s inhabitants. There are about one billion Hindus, 500 million Buddhists, 14 million Jews and many smaller faith groups http://www.pewforum.org/.

Understanding religion and belief is and will remain central to public life and debate, however significant the growth of secularism. Tens of millions of people in the UK continue to identify with a religious faith and we all have frequent encounters with people of all faiths and beliefs. Religious literacy is essential to understanding the world in which we live and our daily interactions across all levels of society, in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The media plays a key role in developing and enhancing this understanding. The Religion Media Centre has no editorial line nor does it promote any one religion, or religious belief in general. Instead, it exists to provide accurate, timely and relevant information to the media, enabling the public to be better informed and promoting decision-making based on fact, not prejudice or stereotypes.

Inaugural lecture 7pm-8.30pm, February 17, at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Insights from History for a Divided Nation with the Revd Diarmaid MacCulloch Kt (pictured)

The Revd Diarmaid MacCulloch Kt, Emeritus Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford, in conversation with Roger Bolton, reflects on the state of British society, with a response from Revd Dr Sam Wells.

What light does history shed on our currently divided nation and does it give us any hope for a more united future?

This event is organised by the Religion Media Centre in partnership with St Martin-in-the-Fields; all are welcome.

Above photo: copyright of Chris Gibbions

Free tickets: Book here

Coming up: 3rd Religion and Media festival

The third Religion and Media festival, Exploring Belief, will be held on March 25.

There will once more be a packed programme consisiting of stand-out keynote speakers, in depth discussions and panel talks delving in to all aspects of the presentation of religion.

From mainstream television, radio and print to the huge engagement with religion online and in social media, this is an essential event for anyone wanting to help shape or critique the narrative of modern day religion.

Book here

You can't understand the world today without understanding the belief systems that motivate many of the political or social decisions being made. Covered, investigated or broadcast about religion in the news? Enter #sandford2020 https://sandfordawards.org.uk/enter-the-2020-awards/


Our first event of 2020 explores the question what light does history shed on our currently divided nation and does it give us any hope for a more united future?

We're teaming up with @smitf_london to bring you this inaugural lecture in Feb


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