Michael Ipgrave’s paper opened the discussion, setting out some conceptual and existential questions relating to poverty and inequality. It is an excellent starting-point for theological reflection on these issues.
John Milbank’s paper argues for a distinctive Christian commitment to ‘the social’ as distinct from the State and the market. He explores the implications of this for effective ways to address child poverty. The paper is a powerful example of the distinctive contribution theology can make to these debates; providing far more than a religious gloss on pre-existing political positions and commitments.