Jonathan Chaplin

Jonathan Chaplin is associate fellow at the British public theology think tank Theos, adjunct faculty at the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, and a member of the divinity faculty of Cambridge University. He is author of Faith in Democracy: Framing a Politics of Deep Diversity (SCM, 2021) and Herman Dooyeweerd: Christian Philosopher of State and Civil Society (University of Notre Dame, 2011) and two reports for Theos. He has also edited or co-edited nine other books, most recently The Future of Brexit Britain: Anglican Reflections on British Identity and European Solidarity (SPCK, 2020). He has written over thirty articles for Comment magazine. He is a member of St Paul’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, UK, where he chairs the Eco Church committee and serves as diocesan synod rep.

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