Is hockey a religion?

    "Five Days of Faith" on The Agenda with Steve Paikin
    Day 5: Are secular ideals replacing religious belief?
    Airs Friday March 30 at 8 pm on TVO

    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ -

    On Air

    Are people's passion for sports, music, or politics replacing religious
belief? Can secular devotion and religious faith co-exist? Join the debate
Friday March 30 at 8 pm as TVO's weeknight current affairs program, The Agenda
with Steve Paikin, presents day 5 of "Five Days of Faith": a fascinating look
at God and religion in the modern world, in depth and from many angles.
    Friday's show focuses on devotion in secular areas. Most of us have heard
people express their worship of a particular activity or pastime, conveyed in
claims such "golf is my religion." The debate will examine this kind of
devotion and determine whether or not it actually is a surrogate for the
church or temple or mosque in an increasingly secular society. The discussion
will look at various cultural activities or affiliations that people strongly
identify with, unpack why people organize themselves in these ways, what they
derive from them and ask: can these secular passions co-exist with religious
faith? is such devotion positive, a waste of time, and when might it be
    Among the panellists are:

    -  Warren Kinsella: a Toronto-based lawyer, author and consultant who
       was, previously, a special assistant to Jean Chrétien, and chief of
       staff in several federal ministries. His books include Unholy
       Alliances, on international terrorism; Web of Hate, about organized
       racism; and Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics, about political
       communications. He is currently a music writer for Access Mag,
       politics writer for The Hill Times, and the media commentator for The
       National Post.

    -  Dr. Robert Buckman: Dr. Robert Buckman is the president emeritus of
       the Humanist Association of Canada. He is also a medical oncologist at
       Princess Margaret Hospital and professor in the Department of Medicine
       at the University of Toronto. Dr. Buckman has written two bestselling
       books on faith, Can We Be Good Without God? and Biology, Behaviour and
       the Need to Believe.


    What do you think? Are secular ideals replacing religious belief? Can
secular devotion and faith co-exist? What do you worship? What passions give
your life meaning?

    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 agenda
and looking for the "Five Days of Faith" link.

    To view a short video introduction, click here:

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