World religions are threatened by forces both from within themselves and from the wider world, said Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister, today.
Christians and Muslims represent about half the world’s total population between them.
“Each was made to feel an outsider. Each stood out against the conventional teaching of the time. Each believed in the universal appeal of God to humanity. Each was a change-maker.”
“We face an aggressive secular attack from without. We face the threat of extremism from within.”
Arguing that there was “no hope” from atheists who scorn God, he said the best way to confront the secularist agenda was for all faiths to unite against it.
He said: “Those who scorn God and those who do violence in God’s name, both represent views of religion. But both offer no hope for faith in the twenty first century.”
Upon reading this piece, this came to mind:
We’ve been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture
— Rev. Ray Mummert (http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/3/29/101723/142)