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“Modern Faith” at the World Economic Forum

February 23, 2016, in Videos > Social Discourse, by

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland recently hosted a panel discussion about modern faith. The panel was moderated by Thomas Friedman from the NY times and included Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office. Other panelists included Frankie Fredericks (Evangelical Christian), Matthieu Ricard (Buddhist), the Archbishop of Canterbury (Anglican faith), Ali Adnan Ibrahim (Muslim faith).

Topics like God and the internet, millennials and religion, marriage and sexuality, the Pope, authenticity, coherence, faith as a solution to equality, and the oneness of mankind were covered.

The Baha’i International Community (BIC) represents the worldwide Baha’i community, whose members come from every national, ethnic, religious, cultural, and socio-economic background, representing a cross-section of humanity. Active in various global fora, the BIC maintains United Nations offices in New York and Geneva, as well as regional offices in Addis Ababa, Brussels, and Jakarta. It is registered with the UN as an NGO in 1948 and currently has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as well as accreditation with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). The BIC collaborates with the UN and its specialized agencies, as well as member states, inter- and non-governmental organizations, academia, and practitioners. Read more at https://www.bic.org/

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. It engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The forum was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. To learn more about this Forum visit: http://www.weforum.org/

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Discussion 5 Comments

I’m asking before I watch the video, so I may be wrong, but isn’t the Archbishop of Canterbury Anglican rather than Catholic? The Archbishop of Canterbury is the top bishop in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion after all.

Stephen Kent Gray

Stephen Kent Gray (February 2, 2016 at 3:44 AM)

Hi Stephen, yes I think you’re right and that was a mistake on our part. I’ll fix that now.

Thanks for pointing that out. 🙂


Naysan (February 2, 2016 at 4:33 AM)

Why we need new faith. Have we rejected the existing faiths? If so, on what grounds we did it. Whether the existing faiths were incomplete or unable to give answers to our question. And had no resolution or the way out of our problems so we needed the new faith or the strategy to find out the way out to our existing issues as well as to cope with the coming or emerging problems.
If the new faiths were just to resolve the humanitarian issues it would have presented new ideas and the scientific and technological solutions to our problems rather creating and claiming for new religious leadership, equal to Jesus or Mehsi and so on.
It is interesting to note here that if the mankind needed to have the solution of the medical problems it would have created new medicines or ideas to create new and more effective medicines and if we needed to have the solution of poverty we would have designed new technologies of cultivation for producing more and healthy food. The question is, what for we needed to have a new Jesus or the Prophet or the Mehdi to come and lead us to resolve our problems.
Secondly, the most important point of the talk is that how we would justify the coming and taking over the charge of the new comer as the Jesus or the Mehdi having potential to resolve our self created problems just produce of the greed and unending accumulation of wealth.
Such debates should have claimed new solution of our economic, social and the environmental problems but not the new religious leadership with new acclamation having Jesus or the Mehdi.
By doing so, it gives an impression that we are actually going to denying the exciting religions, faiths and want to give birth to new religions and the new prophets for whom we are slowly and gradually doing that all.

Mohammad Baig

Mohammad Baig (February 2, 2016 at 11:52 AM)

There is only one changeless faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. And the Baha’i Faith is the latest chapter of this faith, and the fulfillment for today of a cycle that began 6,000 years ago, and which will be followed by other cycles and chapters. The Baha’i Faith is not a new religion as much as it is “religion renewed” for humanity’s adulthood.


B K (March 3, 2016 at 5:05 PM)

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