Religion and Public Life
For more thantwenty years, Bishop Tom Butler has related religiousbelief to the events of public life, both national and global, in regular contributions toBBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day.Each 'Thought' isprompted bycurrent events, without knowing how the news will develop, thereby illustratinghow religion relates to contemporary life and how the insights it offersmay develop over time. Here, Tom Butlerexplores themes ranging from The Gulf Wars and Terrorism viaScience, Medical Ethicsand Political Life to Religion itself. Drawing on (and incorporating) a selection of Thought for the Day scriptscovering a twenty-year period, he charts the developing relationship between religion and public life and explores the Church's role of bringing religious values and insights to bear on topical issues and restating the public's hopes and fears in religious language.
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