17th July 2017

“In one sense, the 20th century has proved Nietzsche wrong. Since the 1970s, religion has once again become a factor in public life in a way that would have once seemed inconceivable. The Iranian revolution was succeeded by an eruption of Islamic revivalist movements in the Middle East. At about the same time, the Moral Majority and the new Christian right tried to bring God back into political life in the United States, while ultra-Orthodox Jews and radical religious Zionists have done the same in Israel. Now no government can safely ignore religion. The assassination of Anwar Sadat in Egypt and of Yitzhak Rabin in Israel are sober reminders of the lethal danger of some forms of modern faith.”

Karen Armstrong

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