Apologetics without Apology – Public Engagement as Christian Apologetics
How can the church promote new models of public engagement and citizenship around visions of the common good?
Basically, it’s the Christmas message of ‘goodwill for all people’ – but not just a message, and not just at Christmas!
The dominant messages we hear from the media are of society becoming more and more secular and of faith as a public force being marginalised. And yet such messages have failed to account for the continued vitality and relevance of religion in the global public square.
It is important to challenge simplistic accounts and to model new visibility in our community and in the wider public arena – ‘public theology’ can be a powerful form of Christian apologetics. Apologetics without apology!
This event led by Professor Elaine Graham will ask how public engagement – by you and your church – might contribute constructively, without privilege and without prejudice, to repairing our fractured body politic and to promoting new models of citizenship and civic engagement around visions of the common good.
Professor Elaine Graham is Canon Theologian of Chester Cathedral since and also Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester.
Elaine was educated at the Universities of Bristol and Manchester. She has worked as a regional secretary for the Student Christian Movement, as a lay ecumenical chaplain at Sheffield Hallam University, and at the University of Manchester.
Her research interests include religion, culture and gender; media and the theology of communication; and practical theology. She is currently working on the idea of public theology as a form of Christian apologetics. Elaine lives in Frodsham and worships at the Parish Church of St. Laurence.
She is the author of several major books including:
- Making the Difference: Gender, Personhood and Theology
- Transforming Practice: Pastoral Theology in an Age of Uncertainty
- Words Made Flesh: Writings in Pastoral and Practical Theology
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Public Theology in a Post-Secular Age
- What Makes a Good City? Public Theology and the Urban Church (with Stephen Lowe)
- Apologetics without apology: speaking of God in a world troubled by religion
The details for the event are:
Apologetics without Apology
- Date-Time: Thursday, 7 December at 7.30pm
- Venue: Princes Drive Baptist Church, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8LA
There is ample car parking opposite the Church building.
Please help us spread this information to all your connections, via email, facebook, twitter, church announcements and word of mouth. You could come as a Church or Homegroup, and build a local discussion into your programme following the event.
There is also a Powerpoint/Poster/Flyer that you can download, to use in your church or group.
We look forward to meeting you at this interesting and informative event. Book in now!