Church Times – Survey of religious views suggest divided worldPosted: July 9, 2011
A NEW survey of people of different faiths across the globe has found that the world is divided over tolerance between religions, and the benefits of globalisation.
Only half of the more than 18,000 respondents thought that religion was a force for good, and this was far more likely to be the dominant view in Muslim countries than in Christian countries.
The survey was carried out by an Ipsos MORI poll. The former prime minister Tony Blair, who now runs his own Faith Foundation, spoke at the launch of the survey this week. Mr Blair said that he was not surprised at the findings: “People of faith can be either a force for good or a force for evil. The polling result, opinion almost equally divided, is telling. It shows how difficult it is to put the good and the bad on the scales and to weigh one against the other.”