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Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Centre for Public Theology, a Canadian research initiative located in the Faculty of Theology of Huron University College, at Western University in London, Ontario.

Our current project is the "Silver Tsunami," the phenomenon of aging populations and declining birthrates. Among the questions being addressed are these:

  • What implications will the ageing population have for the future of the welfare state, to which religious communities in nations like Canada have historically been heavily committed?
  • What are the ethical implications of ageing and ageism, and how can religious communities respond?
  • What may be the implications for Western Christians (and "post-Christians") of the fact that it is generally their birthrates that have fallen?
  • What are the reasons for and implications of the decline of the family, and what can an ethically responsible theology say about it?

Further details, including a Call for Papers and scheduling (a Day Conference is projected for January, 2014), will be available shortly.