Empirical evidence and public theology: The Church of England’s national policy on urban regeneration and the work of local congregations

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T. D. Atfield, University of Birmingham & The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham

I think the art of academia is taking a paragraph and turning it into a monograph [Laughter] and certainly I’m going to have to make heroic virtue out of dire necessity because I realised I have a doctoral project that can actually be summarised in one word.  My question was, did a certain report by the Church of England change the practices of local congregations within the Church of England, and the answer was no [laughter], so what I would like to do is, I would like to present a cautionary tale or a story about what happens when the corporate theological reflection of the Church fails to understand what happens in local congregations.

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