Saturday, November 17, 2018 03:54:19 AM

Religion, authority and reason: A Reflection

By Bishop Duleep de Chickera - Tue Aug 21, 2:50 am

Image courtesy Al Jazeera

Religion and authority

Three recent pronouncements caught the attention of the media and dominated conversations.

Advisors to President Trump quoted the Bible in defence of the separation of children from parents; as if being refugees disqualifies them from the joy and security of being family.  In Sri Lanka a Buddhist Prelate all too hastily suggested that an authoritarian style of governance was necessary to save the dominant community; and President Sirisena, while asserting the independence of the Sangha in pursuing the middle path, declared that Buddhism has no Pope.

They were all heard because sacred books, religious leaders and national leaders speak from positions of authority.

Unreasonable pronouncements 

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