Shaping debate on religion in public life.

Religion and Public Policy

Our research contributes towards progressive, practical changes in church and faith communities, public policy and academia. Following the visionary thinking and social concerns of Archbishop William Temple, our research promotes economic, social and political wellbeing.


The Foundation’s earlier publications and research focussed on the contribution of religion to political economy, following in the truest traditions of Archbishop William Temple’s work. Political economy refers to the ways in which the very foundations of the social order are shaped by the combination of political and economic ideas and practices. The lifetime of the William Temple Foundation, since 1947, has seen the shift from Keynesian macro-economics and post-war reconstruction to the neo-liberal consensus of the early 80s, and the new political and economic landscapes emerging from the 2008 financial crash, including the resurgence in populism and nationalism. We continue to comment and debate the nature of political, economic and social change from both faith-based and secular perspectives.

Temple Tracts

Poole, Eve (2015) God and Money (William Temple Foundation).

Steedman, Ian and Arrigo Opocher (2015) Work, Leisure and the Good Life: A Trying Triangle  (William Temple Foundation).

Poole, Eve (2016) Ethical Consumerism (William Temple Foundation).

Smith, Greg, (2016) The Seven Pillars of Religion in the Public Sphere (William Temple Foundation)

Research Papers

Faith and Finance – a place for faith-based economics (PDF, 252KB)


Steedman, I (1995) ‘From Exploitation to Altruism. Polity Press, Cambridge’, 1989. (Editor and Contributor) Socialism and Marginalism in Economics, (London/New York: Routledge).

Atherton, J. (2000) Public Theology for Changing Times, (London: SPCK).

Steedman I. (2001) Consumption takes Time. Implications for Economic Theory (London/New York: Routledge).

Atherton, J (2003) Marginalisation, (London SCM Press).

Atherton, J. and Skinner, H. (2007) Through the Eye of a Needle: Theological Conversations over Political Economy, (Peterborough: Epworth).

Atherton, J (2008) Transfiguring Capitalism: An Enquiry into Religion and Global Change, (London SCM Press).

Poole, Eve (2010) The Church on Capitalism – Theology and the Market (Basingstoke, Palgrave).

Poole, Eve & Millar, Carla (eds) (2010) Ethical Leadership – global challenges and perspectives (Basingstoke, Palgrave).

Atherton J., (2014) Challenging Religious Studies: The Wealth, Wellbeing and Inequalities of Nations; (London: SCM Press).

Poole, Eve (2015) Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions – Adam Smith’s 7 Deadly Sins (London, Bloomsbury).

Reader, John (2017) Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent (Palgrave Macmillan).

Baker, C and Elaine Graham (eds,) (2018) Theology for Changing Times: John Atherton and the Future of Public Theology London: SCM Press.

Book chapters

Steedman, I. (2000) ‘On some concepts of rationality in economics’ in P. E. Earl & S. F. Frowen (eds) Economics as an Art of Thought: Essays in memory of G.L.S. Shackle, (London and New York: Routledge)

Steedman, I. (2004) ‘Philip Henry Wicksteed’, in New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Steedman, I, (2007) ‘On not traducing economics’ in J. Atherton and H. Skinner (eds.), Through the Eye of a Needle (Peterborough: Epworth Press)

Baker, C. (2007) ‘Entry to Enterprise: Constructing Local Political Economies in Manchester’, eds. J. Atherton and H. Skinner, Through the Eye of a Needle – theological conversations over political economy, Peterborough (Peterborough: Epworth Press)

Poole, E. (2007) ‘Organisational Spirituality – away with the fairies?’ In Sethi, Dipti. Performance Management and Culture (Hyderabad: Icfai University Press).

Atherton, J. (2013) ‘Alliances for Progressive change: Economics, Wellbeing and Religions’ in New Approaches to Public Theology. Essays in Honour of Toine van den Hoogen

Poole, E. (2015) ‘A Framework for Theology about Capitalism and the Market’ in Theology and Economics – A Christian Vision of the Common Good, ed Sean Doherty and Jeremy Kidwell (Palgrave).

Journal Articles

Steedman, I, (2000) ‘Welfare Economics and Robinson Crusoe the Producer’ in Metroeconomica, 2000, 51(2): 151 – 167.

Poole, E. (2004) ‘The Case for a Capitalist Theology’ Faith in Business Quarterly 8:4.

Steedman, I. (2004) ‘British economists and philosophers on Marx’s value theory, 1920 – 1925’ in Journal of the History of Economic Thought 26 (1): 45-68.

Poole, E. (2006) ‘Angels Rush In…’ Faith in Business Quarterly 10:1.

Poole, E. (2008) ‘Baptizing Management’ Studies in Christian Ethics 21:1, pp85-97.

Poole, E. (2011) ‘Management as Sacred Trust’ Crucible, Jan-Mar 2011.

Poole, E. (2014) ‘The Just Share Lecture’ Faith in Business Quarterly 16:3, pp17-24.

Stokes, P., Christopher Baker and Jessica Lichy (2016) ‘The Role of Embedded Individual Values, Belief and Attitudes and Spiritual Capital in Shaping Everyday Postsecular Organisational Culture’ – European Management Review 13, 37-51.

Smith, G (2012) Faith in Local Government: The Emergence of Religion in the Politics of an Inner London Borough 1975-2006 The Politics and Religion Journal, Vol IV, (No 2) 157-181


Poole, E. ‘The Church and Her Money’ The Northchurch Parish Lecture, Berkhamsted, 11 May 2011.

Poole, E. ‘Faith in the Workplace’ Lent talk, All Saints Fulham, 6 April 2011.

Poole, E. ‘The Church on Capitalism’ Lent talk, Parish of St Luke and Christ Church Chelsea, 13 March 2011.

Poole, E. ‘God and Mammon: The Church of England and Capitalism’ Christian Association of Business Executives Lecture, 16 February 2011.

Poole, E. ‘7 Deadly Sins – capitalism’s flat-earth problem and what to do about it’, Just Share Lecture, St Mary-le-Bow, 29 January 2014.