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Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.


The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG8
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Email: michael.hoelzl@manchester.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)161 306 1663

About the Centre for Religion &
Political Culture

 

The Centre for Religion and Political Culture is directed by Dr. Michael Hoelzl. Members of the CRPC undertake research in the field of Religion and Politics: the complex history of their relationship. The research undertaken does not issue from any one particular political or religious standpoint and politics is understood broadly, from the regulation of social relations on a micro- and macro-level to the historical development of political concepts.

With Professor Graham Ward (University of Oxford), Dr. Michael Hoelzl edits a book series with Continuum designed to disseminate research work undertaken and to provide a publishing platform for junior as well as senior academics whose research is in religion and political culture. See Continuum Studies in Religion and Political Culture for more information.

Research Themes 2009-2012

  1. Democracy and Dictatorship
  2. Theology of Sovereignty
  3. The Structural Transformation of Believing
  4. The Religious and Political Boundaries of Europe