Religion and Personal Life
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About "Religion and Personal Life"
This unique book is distilled from the Westminster Faith Debates on Religion and Personal Life, and presents the positions of leading thinkers and policy makers including Alistair Campbell, Steve Chalke, Polly Toynbee, Giles Fraser and Delia Smith.The book has been designed with both the general reader and Religious Studies students in mind and presents the arguments of each speaker and a summary of each debate, followed by questions to prompt further reflection and debate, and relevant statistics and resources.Contributors include:. Alistair Campbell. Steve Chalke. Delia Smith. Polly Toynbee. Giles Fraser. Shirley Williams. John Harris. Tina BeattieChapters:. Stem cell research, abortion and the 'soul of the embryo. Too much sex these days - the sexualisation of society?. Is it right for religions to treat men and women differently?. What's a traditional family and do we need it?. Do Christians really oppose gay marriage?. Should we legislate to permit assisted dying?The Westminster Faith Debates are organised by Charles Clarke (ex-Home Secretary) and Professor Linda Woodhead and also included the presentation of new research findings from the £12m National Religion and Society Programme.
Meet the Author
Linda Woodhead is a Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at Lancaster University. She has written extensively on Christianity, culture and society. Recent edited books include Peter Berger and the Study of Religion (2001), Religions in the Modern World (2002), Predicting Religion (2003, with Grace Davie and Paul Heelas) and Congregational Studies in the UK (2004, with Matthew Guest and Karin Tusting).