About

https://hcommons.org/members/jennytaylor/

I am a journalist, an independent academic, a Bloomsbury author and a campaigner who pioneered religious literacy in journalism in Britain, founding Lapido Media in 2005 and running it until 2016.  A registered charity an online newspaper and publishing house, it helped to change the national secular discourse by providing resources for journalists needing to ‘get religion’ in an age of globalization, and contributing to several government-level reports. I am particularly interested in how we as journalists, for whom no formal philosophical or moral training is required, do ‘truth’ in a globalized context without overt ethical moorings, at least in UK. As a member of the KLICE Group and one who has travelled widely, particularly in the Muslim world, I enjoy every bit of the question that anchors us: What time is it in our culture?

Education

Christ’s Hospital, Hertford, UK

Durham University, BA Hons

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, PhD

 

Publications

‘From Prophecy to Fake News: a Christian History of the Free Press’ in This Book Changed Everything Vol 1 (Delhi et al, Sought After Media & Nivedit Good Books Distributors Pte: 2018)

‘The Attitude of the Media to Religion’ in Religious Illiteracy in Europe (Bologna, Fondazione per Le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII: forthcoming)

‘A Feminine Reading of Christian Missions in the Middle Eastern Context: Response 2’ in Moyra Dale, Cathy Hine and Carol Walker (eds.) When Women Speak (Oxford, Regnum: 2018)

‘Confessions of a Journalist’: A Case Study in Public Religion’ in Mark T.B. Laing and Paul Weston (eds.) Theology in Missionary Perspective (Eugene, Oregon, Pickwick: 2012)

A Wild Constraint: the Case for Chastity (Continuum/Bloomsbury: 2008)

Faith and Power: Christianity and Islam in ‘Secular’ Britain Co-authors: Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, Prof. Lamin Sanneh (London, SPCK: 1998 and Wipf & Stock: 2005)

‘Taking Spirituality Seriously: Northern Uganda and CMS’ Break the Silence Campaign’ in Round Table – Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 382, pp. 559 –574 (Routledge: October 2005)

‘It’s Establishment but not as we know it’ in Political Theology Journal (London, Continuum: 2004)

‘After Secularism: Governance and the Inner Cities’ in Predicting Religion: Christian, Secular and Alternative Futures (Aldershot, Ashgate: 2003)

‘Newbigin’s Understanding of Islam’ in A Scandalous Prophet: Newbigin’s Mission Revisited ed. Prof. Werner Ustorf (Eugene, Oregon, Eerdman’s: 2002)

‘A Media Friendly Cracker’ in The Christmas Cracker Manual (Eastbourne, Kingsway: 1990)

Memberships

Research Fellow, KLICE, Cambridge, UK

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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