New Christian think tank Theos publishes Doing God: A Future of Faith in the Public Square. This new report examines the issues surrounding faith and its place in society, suggesting that faith will play an increasingly significant role in public life, identifying three major trends: the return of civil society, the pursuit of happiness and the politics of identity.Despite concerns expressed by the National Secular Society and others regarding the merits of such an increased presence (to put it mildly) the report does paint a good picture of the positive side of religious institutions and individuals’ contributons to society and their susbstantial work ‘on the ground’ (it is that which Governments are interested in). It would be churlish to deny or seek to belittle such contributions but it is up to Humanists to demonstrate that religious organisations do not have the monopoly on such activity.
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