Religion and Values in a Liberal State

An exploration of some of the central ideas and principles that make up a liberal democratic society and its associated market economy. The lectures look in detail at what a theological understanding can bring to these ideas and principles. Freedom, justice, rights, community, civic virtue, property and charity – all of these are vitally important ideas and values in understanding modern society and there is a rich tradition of thought, including theological thought, about what they mean and how these meanings should be reflected in institutions. Thinking further on these values will lead to a better understanding of how we are to understand claims about social justice and injustice, poverty and freedom, community and individuality, and rights and obligations in the context of a liberal capitalist society.

Lectures in this series

The aim of this lecture is to be both self contained but also an introduction to the other lectures.  Market based orders are usually thought...

This lecture focuses on the relationship between markets and freedom and the extent to which freedom should be seen as being entirely a matter of...

This lecture focuses on the question of whether justice in relation to markets is entirely to be seen as being procedural – that justice is...

It might be thought that if I own anything then I own my body and this idea has been crucial in justifying rights to private property through the...

In this lecture I shall look more directly at the idea which has been central to the others - namely that in fact it is not possible to see...

In this lecture we shall concentrate on the issue of the extent to which markets at least implicitly depend on collective values such as trust and...

It is frequently argued that liberalism as a set of political ideas arose out of the 16th and 17th century wars of religion that culminated in the...

A liberal state will put ideas about rights and individual autonomy at the centre of the relationship between the individual and the state....

There have been quite a few high profile legal cases relating to the extent of the recognition of the role of religion in a person’s life...

There have been quite a few high profile legal cases relating to the extent of the recognition of the role of religion in a person’s life...

The last twenty years or so has seen the development of what has come to be called identity politics. This has led to the claim that a liberal...

There is a distinct school of thought in our day which seeks to justify what has come to be called liberal interventionism in the affairs of other...