“In the increasingly secular West, why do people still study religion and theology?
It's a timely question. Under government proposals, student places in private theological colleges would be publicly funded - an extension of Julia Gillard's demand-driven policy to fund the university courses that student’s want. It's not the first time that government support of theological studies has prompted heated debate about the separation of church and state.
So what is the place of religious belief in public life? Does the study of religion and theology only benefit those who share the same set of beliefs - or does it have a wider benefit? What does "secular" mean, and how does that shape our views on religion in the public sphere?”
The programme features a wide range of perspectives, including James K. A. Smith.
You’ll find the podcast here.