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LDS Newsroom features commentary on 'the relevance of religion'

Published: Friday, July 26 2013 3:50 p.m. MDT

The Relevance of Religion" is a commentary the LDS Newsroom released about the role religion plays in todays world, including modern advances.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Newsroom released a commentary on July 25 called “The Relevance of Religion,” which explores religion’s place in today’s world, especially amidst modern advances.

“As times change, new circumstances present new challenges and possibilities,” the commentary reads. “And yet, through it all, this immemorial longing we call religion continues on.”

The article asks what role religion plays in life today.

“What does religion mean in the actual lives of people? What role does religion play in forming communities? And how do religious beliefs address life’s most difficult problems? Such matters cannot be reduced to mere politics; they are perennial concerns, deeply interwoven in humanity’s rich fabric.”

The commentary is divided into four sections: resilience amid change, the good of religion, modernity in fragments and religion’s place in the whole.

The piece said religion can coexist with differing beliefs and add more meaning to life.

“With mutual respect and civility we can all live, even flourish, with our deepest differences. As long as we continue to seek meaning, purpose and community, religion will remain not only relevant but an essential part of what it means to be human.”

Read the entire commentary on the LDS Newsroom.

Abby Stevens is a writer for the DeseretNews.com Faith and Family sections. She is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University–Idaho. Contact Abby at astevens@deseretdigital.com.

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