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Why society needs religious commitment
1st February 2016
"It's not exactly on the scale of the reformation, but a schism is occurring in the world of British secular humanism."
Angus Ritchie's defence of the Woolf Institute's recent Commission on Religion and Belief pointed to a shift among secular humanists, many of whom now openly recognise that there is a place for religious commitment in public life (many of whom still don't however).
That noted, even among those who recognise a place for religion in public life, the idea that religious commitments and groups have something different - let alone better - to contribute is deemed untenable.
This essay, by respected religious ethicist, Prof. Robin Gill argues that in three important respects religious commitment can bring more to public life than secular commitment. Avoiding the canards - this does not mean that religious people are necessasrily better or more moral than non-religious ones, for example - Gill explores three critical and linked issues - moral formation, moral motivation and moral objectivity - and argues that in each of these religious commitment has something different and especially valuable to offer.
The essay will be published in later 2016, and is conducted with the support of Hymns Ancient and Modern.
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