Extremism is often linked with religion. We’ve seen radical beliefs play roles in the tragic 9/11 attacks, the Arab spring, Norway's recent tragedy and East Africa’s current famine. Many religions claim to be on the rise but skeptics argue religion does more harm than good. Why, in God’s name, does violence happen? Can we trust religion? Let’s put it in Context.
What gripped me most about our question, "Can religion be trusted," is confusion. Our Ipsos Reid poll found half the population had negativity towards religion, but images of religious structure and oppression are muddying the understanding of a personal faith. At Context, we're here to make it personal. Cut out the middle man and consider the reality of God. Is God personal?
That's putting it in Context. For the team, I'm Lorna Dueck.
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Author & Associate Professor of Apologetics, ACTS Seminaries
Sheikh Alaa Elsayed
Director of Religious Affairs, Islamic Centre of Canada
Author & Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute for Religious Freedom
Canadian Director, RZIM Ministries