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Christianity at the Crossroads: A BBC/ Theos debate

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Thursday 21 March 2013

The Revd Dr Sam Wells, vicar of St Martin’s, took part in the discussion ‘Christianity at the Crossroads’, organised by the Theos think tank and broadcast on Tuesday 19 March on BBC Radio 4. 

From Chloë McNaught on the Theos team blog:

“With the election of the new Pope and the enthronement of Archbishop Justin Welby coming within a week of one another, the church stands in a significant (and historically unique) position. On the one hand, there have been child sex abuse scandals, ecclesiastical cover-ups, and falling congregations, each posing an enormous challenge in its own way. On the other, there has been a severe breakdown in public trust in public institutions – banks, Parliament, police, media, even the NHS – all of which present an opportunity for the church to speak into society. Is Christianity at a crossroads?

This was the theme upon which four panellists – Catholic theologian, Dr. Anna Rowlands; Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Revd Canon Samuel Wells; former Conservative MP, Matthew Parris; and author Sarah Dunant – debated on Monday evening in front of an invited audience at Methodist Central Hall in a Theos/ BBC Radio 4 debate chaired by John Humphrys, entitled ‘Christianity at the Crossroads’

Continue reading on the Theos team blog.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer (until 25 March 2013)