Shifting Paradigms: Theology & Economics in the 21st Century

Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th July 2010 at High Leigh Conference Centre.
Chair: Revd Canon Edmund Newell
Secretary: Revd Canon David Driscoll
Chaplain: Revd Frances Eccleston

Politicians and economists have called for a 'paradigm shift' in response to the credit crunch. The unprecedented circumstances of the current global recession provide a unique opportunity for dialogue between theology, ethics and economics as we appraise economic life today. This conference is a contribution to that discussion.

Conference photos: Joan Dorrell
Papers from the conference were published in the Jan 2011 edition of Modern Believing.

Speakers (with audio recordings)

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Edmund Newell
Shifting paradigms
Revd Canon Edmund Newell is Sub-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, formerly Research Fellow in Economic History at Nuffield College Oxford.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (35 mins)

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Tim Leunig
Understanding the financial crisis
Dr Tim Leunig teaches at the London School of Economics. He has advised government, parliament and all three of Britain's main political parties. As well as the current financial crisis, his areas of expertise include pensions, transport, and housing.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (32 mins)

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Guy Treweek
Wealth Creation? The ethics of making money
Guy Treweek is Assistant Curate of St Peter, Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith. Before ordination he worked in the City as a fund manager.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (55 mins)

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Philip Goodchild
A Christian theology of money
Philip Goodchild is Professor of Religious Studies and Head of the Department  Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (62 mins)

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Catherine Cowley
Usury in the 21st century: interfaith discussion
Catherine Cowley, Associate Director of the Heythrop Institute, with Peter Oppenheimer, Student (Fellow) of Christ Church Oxford and President of the Oxford Centre of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Tarek El Diwany, Editor of Islamic Finance.
Panel discussion: audio Listen / download mp3 (93 mins)

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Malcolm Brown
Local responses to economic downturns
Revd Dr Malcolm Brown is Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (58 mins)

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Michael Northcott
Sustainable development & the credit crunch
Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. He is an ordained Anglican Priest, a trustee of the Fair Trade organisation Traidcraft, Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral and Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (63 mins)

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Valpy Fitzgerald
Implications of the credit crunch on global poverty reduction
Valpy Fitzgerald is Professor of International Development at Oxford University. He is Roman Catholic with interest from a faith perspective.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (45 mins)

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John Atherton
Theology & political economy in the 21st century
Revd Dr John Atherton is Senior Research Fellow at the William Temple Foundation and former Canon Theologian at Manchester Cathedral.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (57 mins)