TRiPL is a new interdisciplinary centre housed in the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy.
TRiPL believes there is a need for greater understanding about religion across all sections of society – one of the key recommendations of ‘Living with Difference’, the report by the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, published in December 2015.
Businesses, the media, politicians, schools, government and public bodies, the wider public – all should have access to reliable information about the beliefs and practices of the main religious traditions and the ‘religious dimension’ to local, national and global issues. We welcome commissioned pieces of research and organisational reviews and evaluations, We also contribute to public debates and policy thinking.
TRiPL offers consultancy, advice, training and other services to a wide range of institutions, and helps resource churches, dioceses and other religious communities so they can participate effectively in the ‘public square,’ and respond to opportunities to engage in public life.
Thursday 28 April 2016: Religion in public life: a danger or benefit?
A talk by Prof. Bradstock given to the Hampshire Skeptics Society (www.hampshireskeptics.org).
Saturday 9 April 2016: Keeping faith in the EU?
A one-day conference that explored key issues around the EU referendum. This event sought to widen the debate beyond issues connected with money, trade and borders, and to discuss how far the original vision for European integration, with its explicitly Christian values, was still relevant.
Click on the links below to read four of the presentations delivered at the conference.
22 October 2015: Reconnecting politics with people
An evening of conversation about politics, power and faith between two of our most original thinkers, Arnie Graf and Danny Kruger, moderated by Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor of The Spectator, and co-hosted with the Centre for English Identity and Politics.
Graf is well known for his role mentoring a young Barack Obama while
both were involved in church-based community action. In 2011 Ed Miliband
appointed him to his team of advisors, with a brief to conduct a
root-and-branch review of the Labour Party in order to reconnect it with
Kruger is the Chief Executive of criminal justice charity Only Connect,
which helps prisoners, former criminals and yound people at risk of
reoffending. He is also a former chief leader writer at the Daily Telegraph. A
former special advisor to David Cameron, Kruger was a leding advocate
of the Big Society, 'compassionate Conservatism' and the need for the
party to embrace social justice.
One question addressed by these
two commentators was: does modern politics really connect with people
and could it do so more effectively? With
the growth in influence of smaller parties, contrasting results for the
SNP and Lib Dems at the last election and the looming referendum on
Europe added into the mix, the evening yielded a fascinating and
“With compassionate conservatism
back on the agenda after Prime Minister David Cameron's speech at the
Conservative party conference, as well as a change of leadership in the
Labour party, there could hardly be a better time to be hosting a
conversation about politics, power and faith”, said Andrew
Bradstock, TRiPL Convener and Visiting Professor in Theology, Religion and Philosophy.