When there’s so much we disagree about,
how are we going to work together?
“This is a remarkable book, and should be read by all those interested in human rights, justice and politics in a secular and multi-cultural society. To work towards the common good is to work for peace.”
Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche, Winner of the Templeton Prize 2015
Lord Maurice Glasman, Clifford Longley, Dr Jonathan Chaplin,
Lord Brian Griffiths, Dr Jon Wilson, Tehmina Kazi,
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Dr Anna Rowlands, Professor Esther Reed,
Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, Phillip Booth, Sam Burgess and Revd Dr Malcolm Brown.
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Together for the Common Good: Towards a National Conversation, a major collection of thirteen essays, is intended as a conversation opener to inform and inspire a deeper quality of discussion about the common good.
A strand of the wider Together for the Common Good project, the book brings together some of the leading thinkers from across different political persuasions, across the Christian denominations, as well as Jewish, Muslim and secular traditions. The contributors call for a national conversation about how different interests can work together for the common good. With a Foreword by Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE, The book is co-edited by Nicholas Sagovsky and Peter McGrail, both founding members of the T4CG Steering Group.
In thirteen chapters, the contributors – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, non-religious – discuss the common good, one of the central themes of Catholic social teaching, from a wide range of viewpoints and consider deep questions critical for our time. What does the common good mean for the world’s great religious traditions, especially Christianity? What responsibility has the state for the common good? How can the market serve the common good? How, when there's so much we disagree about, can we work together for the common good?
from University of Chester and Chester Cathedral reviewed the book in Crucible Magazine
: 'This collection contains much of value and deserves to be widely studied and debated...the volume is strong in repecting the contemporary reality of political, religious and cultural pluralism, through its conscious inclusion of different traditions, including Judaism and Islam as well as ‘secular’ perspectives, whilst affording space for a range of ecumenical Christian voices...A succession of contributions articulates remarkably clearly and consistently the view that the common good itself should not be interpreted as a reified ideal but as a process that informs all political reasoning, pushing us consistently beyond narrow sectional interests towards a broad and inclusive option that promotes the well-being of everyone in the name of our shared humanity. How urgently we need a more inclusive, civilized and open-minded political vision... This volume makes a persuasive case that the common good remains, still, one such resource.'
Dr John Reader
has written a review, published in the Journal of Belief & Values, (2016)
, saying that “the project is a worthy one, and that any text which can stimulate debate on current political issues from a faith base is to be welcomed.” You can read the full review here.
, Research Director at Theos, reviewed the book in the Tablet
, saying that the common good is "a way of thinking about how we might live together" and "we should not underestimate the need for such a 'common' vision right now." After reading this book he felt "better informed about the philosophical and theological grounding of the concept of 'the common good'.
Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger: “The common good, differently expressed, can be found in all our faiths. But the question remains of how it should be made real, who needs to take ownership of it, and how easy it is to make a difference when public attitudes seem to be shying away from any such concept. This book gives us brilliant insights into how faith and other leaders think of what can and should be done.”
Lord Alton of Liverpool"Together for the Common Good" is a timely and accessible collection of helpful essays about a phrase which has become synonymous with Catholic social teaching but has application for believer and non-believer alike. Combined with a belief in human dignity, and that every human being should be treated, as if made in the image of their Maker, the ideas which constitute the Common Good should inform political manifestos and discourse about policies, priorities, and the allocation of resources.”
Canon Dr Angus Ritchie
, Director CTC
“The idea of the "common good" is often dismissed as being hopelessly vague or impossibly ambitious. This excellent collection shows us what it really means, and how it can renew our life together.”
, a child psychologist and parishioner of St Martins-in-the-Fields who attended our pre-election debate
, to review the book on behalf of 'ordinary readers'. In her thorough and honest review, Wendy asserts that 'our last best hope lies in talking together and learning from one another'. And she catches the point of the book, encouraging everyone to 'add your voice and the voices of those voiceless people with whom you live or work to this national conversation'. Read the full review here
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