From the Author

Before The Jesus Candidate, my most recent publication was For Richer, For Richer, an analysis of the UK housing market, in Foxes have holes: Christian reflections on Britain’s housing need. Other works on citizen empowerment in housing are on my academia page. I have written for the Guardian newspaper on community enterprise, for Inside Housing and Roof magazine on housing, and for Evangelicals Now on Christian responses to pluralism and politics. I have also written guides on community empowerment and governance.

Home now is in east Kent where I belong to Emmanuel church in Canterbury, and to the Friends International team working with students and refugees. Most of my working life has been as a trainer and consultant in housing and neighbourhood improvement in English cities. Earlier I spent some time in Africa working in development, education and journalism. Childhood was mostly in Hull, Yorkshire, and Dover, Kent. From Dover Grammar School I went to Hertford College, Oxford, to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Later I researched African politics at Leeds University and empowerment in housing at Salford University.

Through The Jesus Candidate, I hope to alert Christians to the dangers and deceptions of the Religious Right, refuting claims that secular, democratic politics are anti-Christian. I hope also to advance understanding of the role of the independent church movement in creating the conditions for modern liberal democracy.