The Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI) was founded at the University of Edinburgh in 1984 as the world’s first centre for reflection and research on public theology. More than three decades later, CTPI continues to bring theological voices into conversations about pressing matters of public concern. Duncan Forrester, CTPI’s founding director, reflected:
Theology and the problems of the world have tended to drift apart, as theology has sometimes seen the academic world as a refuge from relevance… We clearly need to develop a theology which is neither deductive nor inductive, but which grows out of a dialectic between the tradition and the praxis of those who are involved in endeavouring to transform the situation.
CTPI engages with a range of public issues, such as politics, the environment, law & justice, interreligious dialogue, peacebuilding and the arts. Based at the University, we conduct research into these areas, and host a range of events intent on dialogue, education and transformation. In recent times, we have hosted art exhibitions, conferences, public lectures, panel discussions, seminars and performances. CTPI is organised by an executive committee, with the support of an advisory board.