Faith and Globalization: Tony Blair Teaches at Yale

After he left office in 2007, Tony Blair went across the pond and spent time teaching at Yale. Exit Prime Minister Blair. Enter Professor Blair. During the 2008-09 academic year, Blair and Miroslav Volf co-taught “Faith and Globalization,” a course designed to help students understand the two intertwined forces shaping our world. In some ways, religion is the real focus here, and it is Blair’s argument (above, for example) that “If you cannot understand the world of faith, whether you are in business, or in public affairs, or in politics, then you actually cannot understand the world.” The full course can be accessed on Yale’s YouTube Channel, and we have also added it to our large collection of free courses from top universities. (Just look under the Politics and Religion sections.) For more information on this course, please visit Yale’s Faith and Globalization website and also be sure to access Yale’s Open Course initiative.



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  1. Sami Saygin says . . . | January 8, 2010 / 3:33 pm

    It is an interesting course to emphasize on the issue that we are residing in a world where members of different faiths and cultures live together. Also in this globalised world, the issue of the different faiths and cultures become more important, because we, members of different faiths and cultures, interact more frequently and more closely with one another. So in this world, dialog, understanding, and tolerance among members of different faiths and cultures is a necessary and obligation to establish a world where we, all humanity, can live together in peace, love, and harmony.

    In establishing this peaceful world based on the universally accepted human virtues (like love, humbleness, sincerity, trustworthiness, brotherhood, hardworking, humility etc.), the education beginning from childhood is very important and crucial.

    I can suggest more reading about interfaith and cultural dialog, and education as follow:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/world/asia/04islam.html

    http://www.rambles.net/carroll_dialog07.html

    http://www.amazon.com/G%C3%BClen-Movement-Sociological-Analysis-Moderate/dp/1402098936

    http://fethullahgulenconference.org/houston/read.php?p=fethullah-gulen-vision-transcendent-education

    http://fethullahgulenconference.org/houston/read.php?p=fethullah-gulen-philosophy-of-education-activities-of-movement

    http://gulenconference.org.uk/userfiles/file/Proceedings/Prcd%20-%20Bruckmayr,%20P.pdf

    http://fethullahgulenconference.org/houston/read.php?p=fethullah-gulen-contribution-muslim-christian-dialogue-abrahamic-cooperation

    http://gulenconference.org.uk/userfiles/file/Proceedings/Prcd%20-%20Capes,%20DB%20(FP).pdf

    http://gulenconference.org.uk/userfiles/file/Proceedings/Prcd%20-%20Keles,%20O.pdf

  2. Joel Ekern says . . . | January 10, 2010 / 11:19 pm

    The only problem with this entire line of thinking is that there is a spiritual significance behind everything. To say that all faiths will “get along” someday is simply inaccurate. Why? because there are spiritual forces at work. Islam & Christianity, for example, will never co-exist peacefully.Why? Because there are spiritual forces at war with each other. Biblically speaking, anything that is not of the Holy Spirit is of an anti-christ spirit. Jesus said that He came to testify to the truth. The rebellious hearts of men will always walk away from that Truth unless the Holy Spirit changes their hearts & reveals the one true Son of God. This line of thinking will simply be at odds with anything else the world has to offer. This conflict will push us towards the Revelational time period of the Bible. Any political statements for us to “get along” are simply irrelevant – Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.

  3. Sami Saygin says . . . | January 14, 2010 / 7:34 am

    In the nature of any faith, there is absolutely no force or advocacy for violence or any other brutal action, but rather faiths emphasize on peace, love, tolerance, forgiveness and so many other universally accepted human virtues.
    Unfortunately, members of the different faiths interpret their religions accordingly their physical and carnal desires. That is why all the problem arise. I believe that we as humanity can achieve the peace, love, and happiness among all humanity through the dialog and understanding with sincere intention as the ultimate goal of all faiths.

  4. Joel Ekern says . . . | January 16, 2010 / 4:38 am

    Unfortunately, that line of thinking if filled with holes. Why have faith in anything if we, as people, are the answer? The answer… humanity, with its carnal & physical desires will somehow accomplish… what exactly? A utopian society without God? To say that there is no force for violence has no credible evidence for what comes from the human heart. What exactly are carnal desires? What is evil? When man gives a tolerably, vague answer to these questions, other men will still continue to seek a higher power for truth, good & evil, the meaning of life, etc. Fortunately, the ONLY credibility that Christians have is that the Holy Spirit is alive & that He moves. If faith was easy, it wouldn’t be faith. this is why men & women lay down their lives daily for the sake of the Gospel in non-violent fashion all over the globe. The Holy Spirit moves through their martyrdom as he did through Jesus Christ & the apostles. He is alive today!

  5. CB says . . . | February 3, 2011 / 6:36 pm

    have you ever thought about to ask GODS view on globalization after all HE S the one that created it and mankind .Or is it that man is trying to create GOD . SO IF GLOBALIZATION WAS TO WORK , YOU HAVE A MAP AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME , TO SHOW YOU WHY IT DIDN’T WORK THEN, AND WHY IT WONT WORK NOW! THE TOWER OF BABBLE IS A GOOD START OR YOU COULD GO BACK FARTHER THAN THAT SAY THE BEGINNING WHEN ADAM AND EVE SINNED AGAINST GODS COMMAND AND HIDE THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY WERE DISOBEDINT TO GOD OR YOU COULD ASK JESUS WHY GLOBALIZATION WONT AFTER ALL HE DIED FOR ALL MANKIND GOD LOVES ALL MEN BUT ALL MEN DONT LOVE GOD

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