October 29, 2010 | 09:37 am

Friday – Religion Won’t Go Away

Today I want to make pragmatic appeal rather than a theological one. To be religious is an enduring quality of humanity. While it’s true in contemporary society that some of us are religious and some of us are not, religious ideas have been a part of the world’s cultures as long as people have existed. These ideas have shaped civilizations, and they continue to inform how we view one another. This is what motivated Hans Küng, the noted theologian, to say, “There will be no peace among the nations until there is peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions until there is dialogue among the religions.” There are secularizing impulses in the West that tell us to ignore religious influences in our personal, national, and foreign relations. But ignoring religion does not make it go away. As long as religion is an enduring presence in our cultures, interfaith efforts are critical if we are to have any hope of peace.