Religion

Faith, Reason and Dialogue

One year ago, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg, Germany. The lecture was hailed by some as epoch-making and one of the great speeches of our time, but from others it provoked angry reactions: Islamic groups issued death threats, and exponents of the neo-liberal Western establishment told the Pope to stick to running churches and spiritual affairs, since faith is supposed to have nothing to do with real life. The questions opened up by the Pope lie at the heart of any possibility of meaningful dialogue between people of different faiths and none. This is…

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