When remoralizing fails?

C. R. Baker, E. L. Graham, P. M. Scott

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The Labour government under Tony Blair’s premiership (1997–2007) taxes our usual approaches to the interpretation of politics. In 2001 – although the preparation had been long – the West entered a period that we shall call ‘post-secular’. This is both a chronological judgement but also a judgement about a renewal in the standing of the religions in relation to public life. We are in a new epoch and a new condition. Blair’s premiership was both caught up in this transition but also encouraged and reshaped it. Only in extended religious-moral perspective, we claim, can this period of New Labour be adequately understood.

Of course, with this religious resurgence comes a deepening of the processes of secularization. It is not that secularization is a tide that is on the turn, and we should thereafter expect for the sea of faith to come rushing in. Rather, we have multiple processes at work, often intertwined, that have often unlooked for and sometimes contradictory results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemoralizing Britain?
Subtitle of host publicationPolitical, Ethical and Theological Perspectives on New Labour
EditorsPeter Manley Scott, Christopher R. Baker, Elaine L. Graham
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781472549303
ISBN (Print)9780826444141, 9780826424655
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2009

Publication series

NameContinuum Resources in Religion and Political Culture


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