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The Persistence of Faith: Religion, Morality and Society in a Secular Age (Reith Lectures (Paper))

By Jonathan Sacks

The Persistence of Faith: Religion, Morality and Society in a Secular Age (Reith Lectures (Paper))

Started reading:
24th October 2018
Finished reading:
31st October 2018

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Book recommended by Fr Tomasz.
Looking at how Religion is changing within the world and re-emerging often in forms of fundamentalism.

“Fundamentalism is the belief that timeless religious texts can be translated directly into the tie-bound human situation, as if nothing significant has changed. But something has changed: our capacity for destruction and the risk that conflict will harm the innocent. So long as tolerance and respect for human rights rest on a secular foundation they will be overridden by those who believe they are obeying a higher law. And the fact that the great universal monotheisms have not yet formally endorsed a plural world is the still unexorcised darkness at the heart of our religious situation.”

“But beyond that lies Genesis’ momentous disclosure that every human being – the unredeemed, the infidel, the other – is still the image of God. Toleration is not, as G.K. Chesterton said, ‘the virtue of the people who do not believe anything.’ It is the virtue of those who believe unconditionally the rights attach to the individual as God’s creation, regardless of the route he or she chooses to salvation. That is counter-fundamentalism, the belief that God has given us many universes of faith but only one world in which to live together. It is a truth to which we now have no alternative.” – page 81