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'Spiritual vacuum' leads to extremism, Anglican bishop argues

March 25, 2016

Anglican Bishop Richard Chartres of London has warned that promoting "universal abstractions" in schools will not ward off religious extremism.

An exclusive concern for abstract principles such as tolerance and diversity will not generate the stregnth that is needed to resist extremists, the bishop said. He argued that religious zealots flourish when there is a "spiritual vacuum" in society. 


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  • Posted by: loumiamo - Mar. 29, 2016 9:10 AM ET USA

    "Universal abstractions" will NOT ward off religious extremism, as this Anglican says. But it WILL lead to Mary Poppins and Buddha being displayed in Nebraska Catholic cathedrals, as in the previous story.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 26, 2016 12:13 PM ET USA

    I'm with Bishop Chartres of London. Only correct Christian teaching belongs in Christian schools.

  • Posted by: John Holecek - Mar. 25, 2016 7:11 PM ET USA

    Right on, Bishop Chartres.