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The Holy Political Podcast

52 EpisodesProduced by The Holy Political PodcastWebsite

A semi-serious, semi-informed podcast about the good, bad and bizarre ways Christians mix their faith and politics, and political issues affecting Christians.Mainly accurate, somewhat entertaining, hopefully helpful.

52 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Parish Notice: Sorry we've been away!

April 22nd, 2019


So, you may have noticed we've been away. Hope you didn't miss us too much.

We thought it was time to explain why. Hopefully we'll be back to regular …

Sex Ed and Street Preachers

March 3rd, 2019


Hi ho.

This week we've got Jonathan Williams, from CARE, on to talk about why the Government's new Relationships and Sex Education syllabus is causing concern, and also point out what good things it includes.

Then …

Brexit with Jonathan Tame, Jubilee Centre

February 17th, 2019


Fine then! We'll talk about Brexit...

We're joined by the brilliant Jonathan Tame, Director of the Jubilee Centre, who is talking about overcoming post-referendum divisions, off the back of his excellent recent article …

Nathan Mladin - 'Forgive us Our Debts'

February 4th, 2019


We're back (a little late!) in 2019 to chat with Natan Mladin from Theos Think Tank about his new report ‘Forgive us Our Debts: Lending and borrowing as if relationships matter’.


Persecuted Christians: what should the UK Govt do to help?

December 21st, 2018


Happy Christmas!

This week we're joined by two experts, to talk about persecution of Christians around the world, including Asia Bibi, and what the …

Prof James KA Smith's talk to Christians in Parliament

December 9th, 2018


This week we're delighted to play you the talk Prof James KA Smith gave to MPs and Peers at Christians in Parliament's event, looking at how …

Ben Ryan on Michael Gove's Theos Lecture, 'Christianism', and Brexit

November 25th, 2018


Ben Ryan, Head of Research at the think-tank Theos (which focuses on religion and the public square) joins us to talk about the Theos Annual …

Women prisoners and FOBTs

November 11th, 2018


Rachel Senior, who works with the Bishop of Gloucester, joins us to talk about Prisons week and why it would be better if many women prisoners on …

Philippa Taylor (CMF) on support and law around abortion

October 28th, 2018


This week the wonderful Philippa Taylor, Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship, joins James to talk about the abortion - both the …

Prostitution, China and the Catholic Church, and Ashers Bakery

October 14th, 2018


We’ve got LOADS of big things to talk about this week:

🇨🇳 Ryan Day on the Catholic Church’s big and controversial agreement with the Chinese …

Christians in immigration, the workplace, and the Labour Party Conference

September 30th, 2018


This week we're joined by a plethora of fantastic guests!


Attieh Fard, the Founder and Director of Fard and Co Solicitors, talks about how new …

Vote Welby?

September 16th, 2018


Hello again! We're back and with a bang!


Thanks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for sparking a big debate this week on Christianity …

From the Archives 3/3: Tim Farron - David Alton and Nick Spencer

September 10th, 2018


We're back soon, but in the run up to the new term we're playing you three of our favourite interviews from the archives.


This week, we're replaying the interview we did after Tim Farron resigned as leader of the Lib …

From the Archives 2/3: Michael Wear

September 3rd, 2018


We're back in a few weeks, but in the run up to the new term we're playing you three of our favourite interviews from the archives.


This week, we're replaying our interview with Michael Wear, the former White House …

From the Archives 1/3: Andy Flannagan

August 27th, 2018


We're back in a few weeks, but in the run up to the new term we're playing you three of our favourite interviews from the archives.


This week, we go back to January 2017 and our second podcast, when I went to chat to …

Review of the Year

July 29th, 2018


Sam Hailes, Editor of Christianity Magazine, steps in this week for Johnny (who is off ill), and Sam and James look back at the year gone since the …

Brexit's Coming Home - or is it?

July 15th, 2018


Johnny's away this week, so James is joined by a Brexiteer and a Remainer to talk about Theresa May's new position on Britain's exit from the EU. …

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast - and killer robots

July 1st, 2018


This week we look back at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast - Parliament's biggest annual Christian event - with the guy that made it happen: James Lee, from Christians in Parliament. And we listen to some of …

Dawn McAvoy (Both Lives Matter) and North Korea

June 17th, 2018


We're delighted to have the extraordinary Dawn McAvoy, Co-Founder of Both Lives Matter, on the podcast to unpack the recent debates on abortion law in Northern Ireland.

Plus, our in-house 'expert' discusses the …

Njoki Mahiaini - Being Christian in the public square today

June 3rd, 2018


This week the fantastic Njoki Mahiaini steps in for James and chats about Christians in the media and public square, from her experience working in the UK Parliament, the BBC, Brussels and the Jubilee Centre. It's …

Richard Chapman - Church of England

May 20th, 2018


Richard Chapman, Head of Parliamentary Affairs at the Church of England, joins us to talk about the work of the Bishops in the House of Lords - how do they fit in, what do they do, and what have they been campaigning on?

Alfie Evans: Dr Peter Saunders, Christian Medical Fellowship

May 6th, 2018


Dr Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship and formerly a general surgeon, speaks to us about the tragic and difficult …

Louise Davies - Christians on the Left

April 21st, 2018


This week James is away, so Jenn McKelvin, Acting Executive Director of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship, co-hosts, and we chat to the fantastic Louise Davies, the new Director of Christians on the Left.

Plus, we chat …

David Barclay - the Good Faith Partnership

April 8th, 2018


With Parliament away on its Easter holidays, we chat to David Barclay, from the Good Faith Partnership, about their work to connect leaders from the …

Back to Brexit - Johannes de Jong

March 18th, 2018


Johannes de Jong, from Sallux, is back with the second half of his interview on Brexit and the EU, and Christian attitudes towards both.

Plus Ally Henderson is back to chat with us about it, and we also look at the …

Religious Freedom in the UK (Barnabas Fund report)

March 4th, 2018


This week we chat about the Barnabas Fund's big new report on religious freedom in the UK, and chat about issues of religious discrimination, free speech, the UK's history of religious freedom, and religious literacy.

Johannes de Jong - Syria and Brexit

February 18th, 2018


This week we're joined by Johannes de Jong, Director of Sallux, a Christian political organisation working at a European level. He talks to us about …

Joe Boot on sphere sovereignty

February 5th, 2018


We're back! (Sorry about the illness-related absence)

Also back is Rev Dr Joe Boot, who expands on something he spoke about in his previous interview, the historically Christian idea of 'sphere sovereignty' - a …

Tim Farron Premier interview

January 14th, 2018


This week Johnny's ill - sorry!!

So, instead of a normal episode, Premier Christian Radio have kindly given us the audio for their big interview Tim Farron. You may have seen it hit the news this week, so have a listen …

Christmas Special!

December 26th, 2017




In this week's (post-)Christmas special, we look at MPs' cringy Christmas cards, Prime Ministers' crass Christmas messages, and …

Tim Farron's Theos Speech

December 5th, 2017


We're joined by guest co-host Imogen Atkinson to take a look at Christian responses to the budget, and take a deep dive into a very significant …

Ian Geary, Sarah and a Greggs sausage roll

November 19th, 2017


This week, we chat to Ian Geary about a left-wing Christian vision for Government, and Sarah steps in for the temporarily-jet-setting James, and shares about her own experiences working with Tim Farron and Justin Welby.

John Stevens (FIEC) on political liberalism

November 5th, 2017


John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches, joins us to make the case that Christians should be political liberals, …

Rev Dr Joe Boot

October 25th, 2017


Delighted to speak to Rev Dr Joe Boot, the founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, this week. Joe is a prominent theologian, …

Danny Webster - Evangelical Alliance

October 8th, 2017



After Theresa May's luckless conference speech, we chat about whether her coughing fit matters, and discuss her future and the Government's.

Then we have Danny Webster, from the Evangelical Alliance, on to talk …

The Grenfell Tower fire, with Revd Mark O'Donoghue

September 24th, 2017


Finally back from the summer, we chat Brexit and Boris, with journalist David Scullion. And in our main interview, we look back at the Grenfell Tower …

SUMMER SPECIAL #2 - Dr Stephen Backhouse on Patriotism - Part 2

July 31st, 2017


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For our second summer special, we continue chatting to Dr Stephen Backhouse about whether …

SUMMER SPECIAL #1 - Dr Stephen Backhouse on Patriotism - Part 1

July 31st, 2017


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For our first summer special, we chat to Dr Stephen Backhouse about whether patriotism is …

David Alton and Nick Spencer on Tim Farron's resignation

July 17th, 2017


We look back at Tim Farron's dramatic resignation, with two brilliant political thinkers - former Liberal and Lib Dem MP, Lord David Alton, and Nick …

DUP Galacticos, election campaigning and abortion

July 3rd, 2017


We chat to experienced campaigner James Newhall, who ran David Burrowes' re-election campaign in Enfield Southgate, about what it's really like to run a campaign on the ground.

And we look at the newly minted DUP, plus …

Tim Farron Resignation!

June 15th, 2017


Tim Farron has resigned as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, saying that he felt it was 'impossible for me' to remain leader 'and to live as a …


June 6th, 2017


It's election time!! And in this final election special, we chat to Philippa Taylor, of the Christian Medical Fellowship, about pro-life issues, and …

Election Special #2 - Getting Involved

May 27th, 2017


We chat to former parliamentary candidate Alasdair Henderson about his experience of running for office, and to Gareth Davies, UK Director of the …

Election Special #1 - Voting

May 9th, 2017


Katie Harrison, from ComRes' Faith Research Centre, chats to us about how UK Christians vote, and Guy Brandon, from the Jubilee Centre, about how …

Krish Kandiah, Immigration and SNAP ELECTION!

April 24th, 2017


This week we chat immigration with Krish Kandiah, of Home for Good, in the second half of our interview with him, and ELECTION KLAXON!! We chat about the snap election, and the treatment of Tim Farron in the press for …

Krish Kandiah - Refugee Crisis

April 9th, 2017


We chat to the amazing Krish Kandiah from Home for Good about the refugee crisis and what Christians can do.

We also look at the changes to SRE (Sex and Relationships Education), which Christians have had very different …

Michael Wear, former Obama White House staffer

March 27th, 2017


We chat to Michael Wear, who directed faith outreach for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and worked as one of the youngest White House staffers in modern history in the Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood …

Lyndon Bowring - CARE

March 13th, 2017


This week we chat to Lyndon Bowring, the Executive Director of CARE (Christian Action, Education and Research) which seeks to stand up for Christian principles and patterns, especially around 'human dignity', and help …

Gareth Wallace - Conservative Christian Fellowship

February 27th, 2017


This week we've got a great interview with Gareth Wallace, the Executive Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. And we discuss Michael …

Simon Calvert, Ashers Bakery, and freedom of conscience

February 13th, 2017


This week we chat with Simon Calvert, of the Christian Institute, about freedom of speech and the Ashers Bakery case - one of the biggest freedom of …

Andy Flannagan - Christians on the Left

January 30th, 2017


We chat to Andy Flannagan, Director of Christians on the Left and Co-Director of Christians in Politics, about politics, faith and the history of …

Were Evangelicals Trumped?

January 11th, 2017


As Donald Trump prepares to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, having received the votes of 81% of white Evangelicals, we have Matthew Lee Anderson of Mere Orthodoxy and Mere Fidelity on the …

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