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My generation grew up thinking that religion was completely marginal to British life, which, as for the rest of the world, has been proved more and more wrong.
If diversity is to mean anything, it must mean more than differences in ethnicity or personal tastes. True diversity also means paying attention to religion.
Sadly distortions of religious beliefs and texts are used as political weapons in many conflicts as well as clashes over traditional beliefs and practices. That requires us to now more about the tenets of major religions and systems of belief, to be able to assess and analyse different interpretations.
When young people engage with questions like immigration, sexuality and their own mortality and morality, they’re not puzzling over intellectual questions, they’re building their own identities – and in doing so they’re building the future identity of this nation.
Religion sounds boring to some and contentious to others. But what it is to me is a wonderful source of stories about what it is to be human and a huge part of many people’s lives.
These awards have a tremendous reputation. I think they matter all the more in today’s climate, because we need space where serious ideas can be reflected and discussed.