Our research in practical theology investigates the relation between Christian belief and practice, including ‘everyday’ religious practices. We also explore the
experience and growth of New Black Majority Churches as well as Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity and its intersection with politics and development. We have a particular interest in the use of ethnography in practical theology research.
Religious studies and faith & gender
Our research in these areas explores a variety of practically significant issues and involves an interreligious dimension. We focus upon the relationship between the Catholic tradition and contemporary culture in a variety of areas including gender, sexuality and reproductive ethics, Catholic social teaching and women's rights, and Catholic education.
Philosophy of religion and systematic theology
Our researchers have played an important role in shaping contemporary philosophy of religion and theology. Their research covers a range of fascinating issues including the relation between philosophy and theology, the nature of naturalism, and the question of life’s meaning. Their work on meaning, desire, and religious understanding gives expression to a ‘humane’ approach to the philosophy of religion, and their latest research projects embody this vision.