Our Religious Ignorance

James Ron is an Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School for International Affairs at Carleton University.  He sat down with Steve Paikin to ask:  Is ignorance of religion handcuffing Canadian diplomacy and developing a generation of citizens ill-suited for a world where religion remains a powerful force?

Ron has been criticized by many in higher education because he has demanded that his students understand and educate themselves about religion as part of his courses.  Ron challenges the popular notion that if we are to live as a peaceful society, we have to step aside religion or eliminate religion from the public discourse.

Ron explains the balance education and belief and addresses with Paikin several of the hot-button religious issues that surface in Canada.


Credits:  Paikin, Steve.  “Our Religious Ignorance”  The Agenda, TVO.  Interview.  September 20, 2010


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