Progressive Revival

Arianna Huffington reports that while most of the mood of the participants in Davos was grim, their was an uipsurge in religious talk:

If bankers and politicians were stocks, the people here would be shorting them (although there is definitely still a “buy” on Barack Obama, as the warm reception for Valerie Jarrett, who spoke here on his behalf, shows). But attendees would be gobbling up shares in philanthropy and faith. At today’s conversation about how new catalysts — such as the innovative use of technology and social media — can be used to stimulate new forms of interfaith dialogue, religious leaders of all persuasions, including Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations in the United Kingdom, and Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia, talked about how they are seeing a surge in people turning to faith. It was interesting to watch as our moderator, Jonathan Zittrain, the Harvard law professor who wrote The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, surfed MySpace and Facebook, pointing out on a big screen group after group dedicated to faith and interfaith dialogue.

So, if I am understanding this, when times are more difficult, people turn to religon…even corporate CEOs. 

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