Difference based on friendship by Simon Barrow - Comment is Free (Guardian) 20th November 2006

Difference based on friendship by Simon Barrow - Comment is Free (Guardian) 20th November 2006

Two approaches dominate current debates about faith in public life, says Ekklesia director Simon Barrow. One is the assertive voice of organised religion defending faith-based schools and questioning cultural freedom. The other resides in critics who see religious expression only as a problem.

This is a deeply unproductive antagonism. The extremes simply egg each other on. Rather than enriching us with a range of perspectives, they retrench us into "competitive grievances" based on narrow interpretations of identity.