Factsheets

Factsheets are written by academics, journalists and commentators to explain the context and background of current religion and belief stories. They include information on festivals, timelines of running stories and suggestions for experts and commentators.

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Factsheet: Sexuality and the Church of England
The Church of England is in the midst of a complex and fraught internal debate over same-sex marriage and LGBT issues. Currently it bans gay weddings in churches and does not let clergy enter same-sex marriages either, although some of its sister Churches have permitted this
Factsheet: New Religious Movements
New Religious Movements is an academic term which encompasses many of those groups and organisations which are often negatively labelled as sects or cults in popular discourse. The movements vary enormously, although they are often derived from most established faiths, and there is significant disagreement among researchers about how to categorise them
Factsheet: Roman Catholicism
The Catholic Church is the largest Christian Church and religious domination in the world. It is the oldest continuously existing institution, with 1.2 billion people baptised into the faith.
Factsheet: Assisted suicide
While most religious groups have historically opposed the legalisation of assisted suicide, there is a growing movement of people arguing for its introduction on the grounds of faith.
Factsheet: Islam in Britain
There are at least 3.3m Muslims living in the UK, and British Islam is home to a wide variety of traditions, streams, and denominations, many informed by the places where Muslim communities initially emigrated from
Factsheet: Conversion therapy
What is conversion therapy, and why is it so controversial? Explore with our factsheet by Professor Michael King of UCL
Factsheet: The Church of England
The Church of England is England's national "established" Christian denomination. It split from the Catholic Church in the 16th century and today, despite decades of decline, its parishes still cover every inch of England and its institutions remain deeply embedded in national life
Factsheet: Druids
Druidry is a contemporary movement which takes inspiration from the beliefs and practices of the religious leaders in Iron Age European society, known as druids. Modern druidry began in the 18th century during a revival of interest in ancient druids, of which almost nothing is actually known with any historical certainty