Religion Comes To Davos Forum

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Questions about God and religion were rife at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos this year – providing a philosophical break from the more temporal concerns that tend to dominate the annual gathering of business and political leaders.

“Religion is more relevant now than ever,” asserted Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, a leader of the Russian Jewish community.

Studies around the world show conflicting trends: while Christianity and Islam are showing steady growth in developing countries, the number of people who identify with no religion is on the rise in the richer world.

Goldschmidt quickly found himself in a deep debate with Arizona State University theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss that reflected age-old tensions over religion, science and reason.

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