January 20, 2009
Neela Banerjee, a former religion writer for the New York Times had published a piece about Tony Blair’s teaching at Yale (along with Miroslav Volf) in the Yale Alumni Magazine (Jan/Feb 2009). As she reports his humble and almost diffident, self-deprecating teaching style, it becomes clear that his Faith Foundation (http://tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/) is another attempt to understand and perhaps harness the power of religious resurgence for good in international issues. Banerjee quotes Sirajul Haq Khan, Secretary for Faith and Interaction with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK who believes that Tony Blair and
Isn’t that similar to the ‘doctrine/relationship’ discussion in any of its forms? Could it be that strength of Anglicanism is precisely that there is not agency that can provide and enforce any particular doctrinal position? And shouldn’t that put us in a strong position to engage conversation with Islam? If this is the case, I note with some irony, Blair’s post-office conversion to the Roman Catholic communion.