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Beyond belief?

A report on the British Academy series of public debates on faith

By Sameer Rahim  

Who cares if Britain isn’t a Christian country? 28th January 2016 in London

Opening the debate, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford, questioned whether Britain had ever been a unitary Christian country. At least since 1656, “these islands have been officially multicultural.” Catholics were a persecuted minority and Protestantism was divided. This required the kind of compromise that forms the basis of parliamentary democracy. The Church can act as a “referee” between faiths, he said, “despite the present idiocies of the Church of…

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