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Believing in Britain The Spiritual Identity of Britishness Ian Bradley

ISBN:
9780745953007
Published:
18th April 2008
Format:
Paperback
Dimensions:
256 pages: 216mm x 138mm x 14mm

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It is often claimed that Great Britain is one of the most secular nations on earth, but Ian Bradley argues that 'Britishness' (like the overlapping crosses on the 400-year-old Union flag) is best understood in religious terms. He maintains that the idea of 'being British' has special value as a broad church measure of spiritual and cultural inclusiveness - and as a positive alternative to fundamentalism, narrow nationalism and jingoism. The author explores various distinctive contributions to Britishness made over the centuries by the Celts, the Anglo-Saxons, the Scots, and the new black and Asian Britons. Looking to a new sense of British identity that combines myth, imagination and tradition with an open-minded respect for difference, Believing in Britain makes a thoughtful and challenging contribution to one of the most important discussions of our time.
Ian Bradley is Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of St Andrews. A former political correspondent for The Times, his books for Lion include The Call to Seriousness (2006), Enlightened Entrepreneurs (2007) and Believing in Britain (2008)

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