In his Henley Henson Lecture delivered at the University of Durham on the 16th of February 2017, Frank argued that the decline of Christianity’s code of conduct in this country has not been replaced by a new code to which the vast majority of citizens willingly subscribe. The effects of this failure are all too obvious – a marked increase in incivility, greed and antisocial behaviour.
He set out how, despite clear differences, the major world religions agree overwhelmingly on the rules of the good life. By codifying these areas of ethical overlap into a new Social Highway Code, and gaining wider acceptance for the teaching of the Code in Britain’s schools, the Church can lead on the rebuilding of the social capital that Christianity once gave all of us and, maybe, in the process, reverse its own decline.
Frank said: ‘I believe there is a widespread wish, and also a widespread agreement, amongst citizens on such a Social Highway Code, which could safely be taught in schools. I believe there is an agreement amongst all the major religions, and Humanists, on what the basis of the good life is and therefore the Social Highway Code that should be sought to achieve that end.’
Frank has since begun calling together a series of meetings with religious leaders in Liverpool as a pilot to begin work on this project.
For further information please contact Michael Pollitt in Frank Field MP’s office on email@example.com or 0207 219 0601.
The full text of Frank's lecture can be found here.