The book is divided into two sections, drawing together a variety of perspectives to create a lively debate on the role of faith in contemporary British society. The first section tackles issues of ultimate concern and the place of God in the modern world, whilst the second considers the role of faith in public life. The contributors bring a range of different voices - both religious and secular - to the conversation. Among them are representatives of the church as well as other faith traditions, and academics in various disciplines.
In the first section, the question of God is approached from a number of different perspectives. Richard Harries discusses the challenge to faith from atheism, whilst Dan Cohn-Sherbok thinks about God from a post-holocaust point of view, and Daphne Hampson wonders how God might be reconceived in a post-patriarchal context. David Jasper reflects on the role of the arts in leading us to spiritual reflection, and Mona Siddiqui offers a comparison between Muslim and Christian notions of divine love.
Having examined God, the second section explores the role of faith in contemporary society. James Jones argues for 'kingdom values' in public life, Catherine Pepinster advocates an incarnational engagement with social concerns and Roger Trigg asserts that the Christian values that have shaped our political assumptions cannot be ignored. Estelle Morris defends the place of faith schools in a secular society, and finally Tony Bayfield highlights the need for a truly 'public square' where both religious and secular voices can be heard.