Does religion have a role in politics?



    
             "Five Days of Faith" on The Agenda with Steve Paikin
                     Day 3: The Geopolitics of Religion
                   Airs Wednesday March 28 at 8 pm on TVO
    

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ -

    On Air

    What do global trends in religion mean for politics, societies and
international relations? Find out Wednesday March 28 at 8 pm as TVO's
weeknight current affairs program, "The Agenda with Steve Paikin," presents
day 3 of "Five Days of Faith": a fascinating look at God and religion in the
modern world, in depth and from many angles.
    As our economics, politics and societies become increasingly globalized,
so do religions. Today, different religious denominations and groups find
themselves competing for followers in parts of the world where not so long ago
one faith held sway. Where will the flashpoints be, and are there
opportunities to create new bridges of dialogue between individuals and
nations?
    The show opens with Steve Paikin's one-on-one interview with professor
Clyde Wilcox from the Department of Government at Georgetown University in
Washington, D.C. Professor Wilcox writes on religion and politics among other
topics, and is one of the editors of "Prayer in the Precinct: The Christian
Right in the 1998 Elections."
    Then, join Steve Paikin and his guest experts as they discuss and debate
questions such as: Why is religion having a resurgence in global affairs? Are
religious power centres shifting from northern affluent nations to poorer
southern countries? Is growing religious ideology creating more tension in the
world or promoting peace?

    
    Guest experts include:

    -   Jocelyne Cesari, associate professor of Islamic studies at Harvard
        Divinity School
    -   Lee Cormie of the University of St. Michael's College
    -   Nader Hashemi, political scientist at Northwestern University in
        Chicago
    -   Timothy Samuel Shah, senior fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion &
        Public Life and adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
    

    Online

    What do you think? Does religion have a role in politics?

    Viewers are invited to share their own personal thoughts, perspectives,
or personal expressions of God and religion (e.g., photos, audio and video
clips), or ask questions of religious experts, by visiting tvo.org/the agenda
and looking for the "Five Days of Faith" link.
    Stay tuned for more specifics, including guest lineups, on the subsequent
episodes of "Five Days of Faith": Thursday March 29: The Psychology of Faith -
A Munk Centre Special; and Friday March 30: Secular Spirituality.

    To view a short video introduction, click here:
    http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/mediaWrapper.cgi?eventID=1785960&media=
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