Earlier this month, John Perry joined Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, to speak to sixth-form students at the Madjeski Academy in Reading. Speaking on the topic of Faith in the Public Square, Perry addressed the importance of society welcoming political arguments from religious perspectives, and the habits of patient listening that are required if this is to contribute to the common good, rather than lead to hostile disagreements.
The Archbishop spoke on Faith and Education, using the novels of Marilyn Robinson (Gilead and Home) to show the connection between literary imagination, education, and religion. After a Q&A session, the students presented poster exhibits from their Religious Studies classes, depicting major theologians that they had studied, such as Barth and Bonhoeffer, as well as ethical debates they studied, like euthanasia. A partial audio recording is available from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official site.