The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

Within two generations religion and belief have changed beyond all recognition in the UK. We are now much less religious, less Christian and more diverse that ever previously imaginable.

Public policy has, however, failed to keep pace with these transformational changes with what reforms there have been to law, education, media, politics and public dialogue being piecemeal and haphazard.

The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life was convened in 2013 by the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. It brought together 20 leading religious and academic thinkers to undertake a systematic consideration of the place of religion and belief in contemporary Britain, and to make recommendations for public life and policy.

This website presents the commission’s final report, Living with Difference: community, diversity and the common good.

It also hosts a selection of documents that were submitted to the commission in its call for evidence.