Faith Matters – By Tony Blair
By Tony Blair
Publisher: New Perspectives Quarterly
This article asserts that the pressures of globalization are pushing people together, obliterating boundaries through trade, travel, telecommunications and mass migration.
If religious faith in such an interdependent world acts to push people apart, it becomes a force for division and conflict.
For people of religious faith, that is a particularly bad outcome.
It means that faith then becomes synonymous not with reconciliation, compassion and justice—what true religious faith should stand for—but with hatred and sectarianism.
The former British Prime Minister discusses 10 lessons he learned after undertaking a seminar to explore this subject, concluding that “faith communities can provide a solid foundation for values and allied endeavors based on those values.
But this is only true if faith is not about our traditions or our identity, but about values — not just the values of democracy and freedom, but of the common good, compassion and justice.”
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