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We didn’t know the questions in advance and we were given 90 seconds each, so this was my off-the-cuff effort. There are a few things I’d say differently now and next time I’ll remember to sit on my hands, but… here it is.
The questions were as follows (you can fast-forward to my answers at the times given below):
If a believer thinks their faith has a monopoly on the whole truth how can they respect any other?
My answer 4:57
Should there be Bishops in a reformed House of Lord?
My answer 11:50
Do the Adherents of your faith represent your faith accurately to the world?
My answer: 26:00
How can we know God?
My answer: 31:16 (I pick up on the Muslim panelist’s comment that “we know God through God.”)
In inter-faith discussions, do you think there is a danger of slipping into a subtle form of intolerance i.e. to think that there are no real differences and that what you believe is just another way of expressing what I believe?
My answer: 46:43
In the past 4 decades we have seen great change in the faith structure of Britain with major immigration to the UK. From the faith perspective, can and how can serious conflict be avoided in the next 50 years?
My answer: 51:00
Do faith schools encourage greater tolerance and understanding between faith communities or are they more divisive?
My answer: 1:03:40
What is your faith’s view of women?
My answer: 1:19:05
What is your faith’s view of other religions?
My answer: 1:23:58
Some other questions I’ve been considering recently are here: