Believing in Britain

The Spiritual Identity of Britishness

£9.99

ISBN: 9780745953007

Publication date: April 18, 2008

Format: Paperback

Extent: 256 pages

Dimensions: 216mm(length) 138mm(width)

Imprint: Lion Books

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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.

Meet the author: Rev Ian Bradley

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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