Ian Reader is a Professor of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. He has authored eight books including Pilgrimage in the Marketplace (2014) and Religious Violence in Contemporary Japan: The Case of Aum Shinrikyo (2000) and written widely about religion in the modern world.
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    Tony Blair and the Misunderstanding of Religion

    Recently former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote that religious extremism and terrorism would be the main cause of conflict in the current century. Claiming that these were an 'abuse of religion' and a 'perversion of faith', Blair argued that a major policy issue facing governments was how to combat the 'false view of religion' promoted by extremists.