Press Release

20 October 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University will host the Big Debate: Religion and Public Life on Saturday 29 October 2011, as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Sciences.

Open to the public and chaired by The Revd Dr Edward Condry, Canon Treasurer of Canterbury Cathedral, the event will seek to address a number of fundamental questions, such as: Should religion have a role in public life, or is faith a matter best kept in the private domain? To what extent is radical religious belief a ‘threat’ to democratic society? Is toleration and mutual respect possible?

Dr David Bates, Director of Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to draw on social scientific knowledge in order to unsettle certainties, and make people think about questions of religion, faith and politics in a new way. We look forward to being part of the festival of social sciences and bringing it to Canterbury.” 

Other key speakers in the debate include, The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean, Chichester Cathedral, Professor David McLellan, Goldsmiths College, Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, Loughborough University and Fahid Qurashi, Canterbury Christ Church University.

The Big Debate: Religion and Public Life takes place between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 29 October 2011, Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University Library, Rhodaus Town, CT1 2YA. The debate is free to attend.


Notes to Editor

The ERSC Festival of Social Science

Now in its ninth year, the ERSC Festival of Social Science is a week-long festival, taking place from Friday 29 October until 5 November 2011.  The festival celebrates the social sciences through various debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, virtual exhibitions and much more and offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received 'outstanding' grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University's primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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