About Us

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI) is a vibrant research centre based in New College, the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues  was founded at the University of Edinburgh in 1984 as the world’s first centre for reflection and research on public theology. More than three decades later, CTPI continues to bring theological voices into conversations about pressing matters of public concern.

CTPI engages with a variety of public issues ranging from politics through environmental ethics to pluralism. Based at the University, we host conferences, colloquia and conversation that bring people from different and diverse backgrounds together to tackle both global and local issues of public concern. In recent times, we have hosted art exhibitions, conferences, public lectures, panel discussions, seminars, and performances.

Theology and the problems of the world have tended to drift apart, as theology has sometimes seen the academic world as a refuge from relevance… We clearly need to develop a theology which is neither deductive nor inductive, but which grows out of a dialectic between the tradition and the praxis of those who are involved in endeavouring to transform the situation.

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