Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope, Publishers Description
In a time of political turbulence, and as the Welfare State totters under the strain in a country that has changed dramatically since 1945, Archbishop Justin Welby sets out to identify the values that will enable us to reimagine, and to enact, a more hopeful future in his book Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope.
The thesis is that the work of reimagining is as great as it was in 1945, and will happen either by accident – and thus badly – or deliberately. The author draws on Britain’s history and Christian tradition to identify this country’s foundational values, and the building blocks necessary to implement them in a post-Brexit, multicultural society.
In Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope he explores the areas in which values are translated into action, including the traditional three of recent history: health (especially public, and mental), housing and education. To these he adds family; the environment; economics and finance; peacebuilding and overseas development; immigration; and integration. He looks particularly at the role of faith groups in enabling, and contributing to, a fairer future.
When so many are immobilized by political turmoil, this book builds on our past to offer hope for the future, and practical ways of achieving a more equitable society.
Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope, Reviews
“A brave, passionate and provocative case for community, courage and stability, not simply as concepts for debate but as foundations for practical change – for ourselves, for each other and for those we will never meet.” – Loretta Minghella, OBE
“An important attempt to build a contemporary narrative of who we are as a country: rooted in our traditions, values and history, but resolutely forward-looking. At a time of great flux in the world, knowing – and being able to describe – who we are is more important than ever.” – Brendan Cox
“With an astonishing range of understanding and a perspective both global and granular, Justin Welby identifies values that are true to our heritage and fertile for our hope … Archbishop Ramsey once told priests to be ‘with God with the people on your heart’; here Archbishop Welby is with God with the nation on his heart, and the result is rigour and compassion in equal measure.” – The Revd Dr Sam Wells
“[T]his call to a strong sense of national narrative, collective responsibility and a shared moral code is both powerful and timely.” – Rabbi Lord [Jonathan] Sacks
“Timely, wise, humane, positive – just what is needed to focus the national debate on shared values and creating a better future, particularly for the half of the country left behind by ‘modernisation’ and ‘globalisation.’” – Lord [Andrew] Adonis
“This is a book bristling with energy and ideas. Written against a wide canvas of historical narrative and critique, it is a fast-moving appeal for the fashioning of deeper virtue, expressed in action, in the form of a shared narrative of our identity and purpose.” – Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
“Justin Welby’s voice is powerful and distinctive. He writes with verve and insight. Reimagining Britain is a work of supreme timeliness.” – Lord [Peter] Hennessy of Nympsfield
“This courageous and perceptive call to mobilise for the common good of Britain comes at a crucial time. No other leader has offered such a powerful combination of realism, depth and practical priorities.” – David F. Ford OBE, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
“Bigger than politics and broader than religion – a timely and inspiring read that requires response” – Paula Vennells, Chief Executive of the Post Office
“An important contribution to understanding how the UK can not only move forward but flourish by reimagining its narrative of hope.” – Bishop Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop-elect of London
“The archbishop of Canterbury’s blueprint for a revitalised nation draws on values that cross religious and secular divides … Welby’s book lifts our doleful eyes above the morass of Brexit to state some crucial truths.” – Guardian
“[A] beautifully written and accessible account of Britain in a post-Brexit world, which starts from a point of hope, openness and generosity of spirit as well as a belief in the power of politicians to create the conditions for a self-confident and outward-looking country.” – The Tablet