The British Churches and the 2015 General Election

Smith, Graeme (2016) The British Churches and the 2015 General Election. Practical Theology, 9 (2). pp. 115-126. ISSN 1756-073X

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The article develops three categories to analyse the contributions of the United
Kingdom (UK) churches to the 2015 General Election campaign. These are the
prophetic type, the church constituency type and the local resource type. The
strengths and weaknesses of each type are examined. The problem of agency
in the prophetic type is explored in relation to the Church of England Bishops’
Pastoral Letter. The difficulty of identifying or forming a coherent ecclesial political
group is examined in relation to the Church constituency type. The local
resource type is critiqued for its implicit political bias, something unacknowledged
in the documents. It is argued that the local resource type is perhaps
the most mundane of the churches’ contributions but nevertheless likely to
be the most effective.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
Divisions: Departments > Theology
Depositing User: Graeme Smith
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 09:46
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 15:22

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