Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on Faith and Society

By Andrew Harrod
May 1, 2014

In this article, Pakistani-born Church of England Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali gives an interesting analysis on society's need for faith and right religion, particularly with respect to Christianity and Islam.

“Secularism results in totalitarianism …wherever it is tried” leaving “no other answer” for free societies outside of religion, Church of England Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali stated recently at Georgetown University. Faced with this need for faith, the Pakistan native Nazir-Ali offered illuminating comments on right religion on the basis of his mixed Muslim-Christian familial background and theological studies.
Michael Nazir-Ali

Nazir-Ali addressed “Christian-Muslim Relations: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” on April 29, 2014, at Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). While recognizing the “personal dimension of the spiritual,” Nazir-Ali focused his comments on religion’s social aspects as a “force that binds people together.” Thereby Nazir-Ali posed the question of whether free societies can “legitimize everything,” with welfare systems marginalizing religion.

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