Is there faith in British identity?

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Series Details 05.05.16
Publication Date 05/05/2016
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The EU referendum debate is reviving troubling questions about British identity: What is it? Who shares it? Can it survive continuing membership of an ever widening and deepening EU, that seems more concerned with bureaucratic uniformity than national diversity?

Britons don’t obsess about ‘who we are’ the way the Americans or the French do. But many feel that there must be more to being British than the slender list of four ‘British values’ now officially promoted by the government – democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance. But the complex question of where British identity actually derives from has been eliciting pointed contributions, from both secular and religious voices. The latter appear divided over whether the faith dimension of British identity is safer in or out of the EU.

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ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
Christians for Britain
Website: Reimagining Europe
Theos: A Soul for the Union, 2015
God and the EU. Faith in the European Project (Routledge, 2016)
Mail Online, 15.05.16: Why I'm voting for Brexodus: A revelatory call to quit EU from the former leader of the Church of England
The Guardian, 12.05.16: Archbishop of Canterbury supports remain campaign in EU referendum
Church in Wales: Press Release, 16.06.16: Bishops vote to remain in the EU

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