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Religious summit in Baku resulted in a declaration

2010-04-28 13:16

Participants of Religious Leaders World Summit in Baku have adopted a final declaration. The text of the document has been published by the press-service of Moscow Patriarchate, Rosbalt reports.


In the final declaration, heads and members of the Christian, Muslim, Judaic and Hindu communities from 32 countries who gathered in Baku to discuss the relevant issues of our time especially focused upon the influence of globalization upon religion and traditional values.

The document says that the globalization of economics, politics, law and culture remains an ambiguous process.

"Globalization has done a lot of practical good to the development of production, trade, science, education, as well as for answering the challenges in the field of safety and environment protection. International communication helps the religious to protect their rights within the modern polyethnic and polyreligious communities. However, the influence of the global processes on the spiritual life is critically assessed by many people. In connection with the globalization, we can sometimes hear an appeal to give up the originality and integrity of cultures and religions and arrive at syncretical system of views, at the "mixture of beliefs". However, the history of the end of last century and the beginning of this one has shown that an approach like that leads not to unification but to a stronger division between the people", - the declaration underlines.

In this aspect, leaders of the confessions believe it important to retain each man's opportunity to follow his own world view, "even if it is not approved by the world elites, as well as the people's opportunity to follow their customary way of living, even if someone thinks it to be insufficiently "progressive".


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