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“The re-emergence of religion in the public square is one of the biggest and most significant paradigm shifts of recent times.”

GRAHAM WARD

Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford

There are 7.5 billion people in the world and an estimated 85% identify with a religious group. The biggest religion is Christianity, accounting for about one-third of the earth’s population. The next is Islam whose adherents make up about one-quarter of the world’s inhabitants. There are about one billion Hindus, 500 million Buddhists, 14 million Jews and many smaller faith groups http://www.pewforum.org/.

Understanding religion and belief is and will remain central to public life and debate, however significant the growth of secularism. Tens of millions of people in the UK continue to identify with a religious faith and we all have frequent encounters with people of all faiths and beliefs. Religious literacy is essential to understanding the world in which we live and our daily interactions across all levels of society, in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The media plays a key role in developing and enhancing this understanding. The Religion Media Centre has no editorial line nor does it promote any one religion, or religious belief in general. Instead, it exists to provide accurate, timely and relevant information to the media, enabling the public to be better informed and promoting decision-making based on fact, not prejudice or stereotypes.

The media plays a key role in developing and enhancing the understanding of religion and belief, which is central to public life. Tens of millions of people in the UK identifying with a faith and the Religion Media Centre exists to provide accurate, timely and relevant information to the media, enabling this world to be understood.

Tuesday April 30th

JW3 Centre 341-351 Finchley Rd, London NW3 6ET

Religion and Media Festival

Top speakers from the media explore how religion is reported and portrayed on all platforms. This is the second festival. Read a report of our inaugural event to see what lies in store. Booking details will follow soon, keep watching for updates.

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Over the past few years, there have been #antisemitic attacks in Belgium and France. Learn more about #antisemitism using our factsheet by @BenRich66 https://t.co/CaoiJeCKCv

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#Antisemitism is often present in coded lexicon as in the case of the investor and philanthropist George Soros or the men in the artist Mear One’s mural in Spitalfields – without a direct reference to their Judaism

learn more about antisemitism https://t.co/CaoiJeUm15

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