Religion and Society debate with Rowan Williams and Tony Blair
27 July 2012
The Westminster Faith debates, organised by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, concluded this week with a debate between former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and the former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore.
The series has succeeded in putting religion back onto the agenda of public discussion in the UK, and has attracted extensive media coverage.
This week's debate marked the end of the series of public debates in London which have been organised by Professor Linda Woodhead and Dr Rebecca Catto from Lancaster University together with former Home Office minister the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, who is a Visiting Professor in Politics and Faith.
An audience of 450 people watched the final debate, which was also live-streamed. It has attracted worldwide attention and been covered in the Guardian, Times, Huffington Post, and front page and main feature in the Daily Telegraph.
Previous Westminster Faith debates have showcased Religion and Society research, and included public figures such Richard Dawkins and Baroness Julia Neuberger. The series has received extensive media coverage including the BBC Today programme, Big Questions, the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian, the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard.
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- Highlights of previous debates (Religion and Society website)