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Blair says Christians, Muslims both face ‘challenge of relevance’

WASHINGTON — Christians and Muslims alike face “the challenge of
relevance” in today’s society, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
said Oct. 7 at Georgetown
University. The challenge includes “showing how faith can be a force for
the future, for progress, that it will not fade as science and technology and
material prosperity alters the way we live,” Blair said. “We face an
aggressive secular attack from without. We face the threat of extremism, often
from within,” he added. “These challenges are not for Muslims alone
or Christians alone or Jews, Hindus or Buddhists for that matter. They are
challenges for all people of faith. “Those who scorn God and those who do
violence in God’s name both represent views of religion. But both offer no hope
for faith in the 21st century,” he said. Blair, who became a Catholic
months after he stepped down in mid-2007 after a 10-year run as Britain’s prime
minister, spoke at a Georgetown-sponsored
conference, “A Common Word Between Us and You: A Global Agenda for