Religious differences too often provoke aggression and intolerance.
As more people turn to faith in some parts of the world, others call passionately for the abolition of religion and God.
Is that possible, or wise, given the sheer scale and strength of strongly held religious beliefs globally, which still give meaning, purpose and spiritual nourishment to most of the seven billion people on the Earth today?
What obstacles prevent us all living peaceably together with our contrasting beliefs? Can we find common ground? Why is religion often seen as an evil force, when we could celebrate instead its diversity and virtues? And what new wisdoms, spiritualities and philosophies are emerging that may bridge the gaps to help our quest?
How can we replace prejudice, hatred and discrimination with humility, understanding and respect? How can we value and celebrate our differences and open dialogues for a better, happier and safer future for us all, globally?
Is tolerance the answer? If not, then what is?
I have started this new blog to consider these issues in more depth in the weeks and months to come. Do sign up and join the discussion - I welcome courteous and thoughtful dialogue and a respect for all views - I am not interested in rant and prejudice!
My book Why Religions Work explores religious tolerance issues. It could not be more relevant at the moment with the world in its present state.
This blog has concentrated recently on the wonderful pilgrimages I have been on - to the Holy Land and to Turkey and more recently to Holy Georgia , Greece "In the Steps of St Paul" , Ethiopia and most recently my experiences in Iran.
"If I was allowed another life I would go to all the places of God's Earth. What better way to worship God than to look on all his works?" from The Chains of Heaven: an Ethiopian Romance Philip Marsden