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-Political Leaders Must ‘do God’ to Understand 21st Century World

by Dr. D ~ March 21st, 2009

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 26JAN05 - Tony Blair, Prime...

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Former PM Tony Blair was famous for being reticent about discussing his own religious faith while in office and once told his head of communications Alastair Campbell: “We don’t do God”.

However, the 21st century has brought a number of major changes to the world scene. Last century godless political ideology dominated the discourse and the 20th century saw major struggles between communism, capitalism, fascism, liberalism and socialism. But 9/11/2001 changed everything and dramatically demonstrated the rise of radical Islam on the world stage.

Those who want to ignore religion as a motivating factor of change in our world do not fully appreciate the real challenge that Islam posses to the Western world as a competing cultural/religious/political system. Islam is not just another religion that can easily be dismissed or assimilated into Western culture. It brings with it an imperative for cultural, political, and judicial change in the form of Sharia.

Tony Blair is entirely correct when he proposes that today’s political leaders really do need to understand religion to fully appreciate the 21st century context:

“As the years of my premiership passed, one fact struck me with increasing force: that failure to understand the power of religion meant failure to understand the modern world.

“Religious faith and how it develops could be of the same significance to the 21st century as political ideology was to the 20th. Leaders, whether of religious faith themselves or not, have to ‘do God’.”

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