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The role of religion in the pursuit of social progress

Updated: Mar 20, 2021

Drawing from Religion in Defining Social Progress

"Whether you see yourself as religious or non-religious, exploring the role religion can play in the advancement of society is a matter of intellectual curiosity,” remarked Mr. Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Insights at the think-tank Friends of Europe during this online event hosted on 19 June in collaboration with the Bahá’í International Community (BIC) Brussels Office, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) and the Faith Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Grace Davie, professor emerita at the University of Exeter and member of the IPSP, initiated the conversation by presenting the findings of Chapter 16 (“Religion and Social Progress: Critical Assessments and Creative Partnerships”) of the recent IPSP report titled "Rethinking Society for the 21st Century". Following her remarks, more than 80 participants from diverse backgrounds and institutional affiliations explored the theme in greater depth.

"The next stage of our collective lives requires a definition of progress that is jointly shaped by widening circles of populations and by material and spiritual perspectives," said Rachel Bayani, the representative of the Bahá'í International Community Brussels

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