Why Christians should be involved in politics - and on the Left

Christians should be more involved in politics, and on the Left. That was the theme of my Portsmouth Cathedral Lent lecture last month, when I spoke to the title 'A faith based manifesto?'.

In the lecture, to a mainly church audience and including both theological and practical perspectives, I talked about how an appreciation of the whole Gospel should lead us into greater political involvement. I noted that, at the least, politicians 'show up' to make decisions and if we think we can do better, we should show up too. I looked at some of the pitfalls of getting involved. I also argued that the challenge of inequality should be something that encourages Christians to get more involved in politics. Finally I discussed the need for vision and hope in politics today.

The lecture text can be found here.


Stephen Beer



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