How beautiful to hear such an erudite and easy to listen to presentation on Identity in terms of Creed. I was dragged up as a Roman Catholic (an inheritance rather than a choice) and decided, after turning 14 years old, to never go to Church again and to subsequently call myself an Atheist. This Reith lecture made perfect sense to this non-believer but, more importantly, it intrigued me to understand why people hold a religious view over and above other views, where the point of fact plays no role in their belief that “the history of Faith is the History of Doubt”. Rather than learning by rote one is allowed to question, to grapple, to challenge Faith in order to understand ones own position within that chosen faith.
There is great inequality of gender and sexuality in all religions due, in part, to our cultural interpretations that had probably never been known or thought about at the time of writing Scriptures or Religious Writings. This may be a reason why most Western Cultures consider Religion is not seen as important factors to the make up of the individual. Professor Appiah suggests that many non-western cultures would dispute that Religion is not a defining aspect of who they are.
Fundamentalism – truth fallacy to doubt. Injured by the rhetoric of faith; can this be challenged? Only by conversation in difference amongst consensual adults; without this it would be a one sided lecture rather than a debate or coming together of understanding in opposition.
To underplay the concept of Religion and to change this to Community and sharing within this community or similar minded people…
A stimulating Lecture with some very interesting questions that challenged Professor Appiah’s viewpoints. I had never thought that Theology could be so interesting.