‘The Battle for Christianity’ is a 60 minute BBC documentary that aired on 22 March 2016 and featured Dr Sarah Dunlop, Research Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religion working in the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion.
Dr Sarah Dunlop
Presented by Dr Robert Beckford of Canterbury Christ Church University, ‘The Battle for Christianity’ explores the future of Christianity in the UK. Pushing beyond the narrative of church decline, it features growing Christianity among migrants and the large churches that are vibrant communities of young people. The documentary also traces the social engagement activities of many growing churches. It suggests that Christianity is not in terminal decline but will look quite different in the future, and British society will need to take these differences into account.
Many well known scholars such as Grace Davie (who gave four fascinating papers linked to this topic at 2016’s Edward Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham), Linda Woodhead, and Archbishop Justin Welby were featured, with David Goodhew giving an articulate account regarding church growth in specific sectors. Sarah Dunlop spoke about how young migrants feel about the British religious context when they first arrive.
You can download this thought provoking documentary from BBC i-Player:
You can find out more about Sarah’s work here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/tr/dunlop-sarah.aspx