Religion is a window to examine the world
Avinash, one of the visitors to this blog, had an interesting query about the change in the name of this blog, from Cutting the Edge to Just Faith. His question: “Though the new name (title), appears more relevant when you write more about religion, however, when we say Just Faith, do you feel this is limited to religious topics only or it has wider spectrum?”
He goes on to say that faith is broader: “I remember in the early days of our independence, people had faith that only one (this) political party or one individual can run the country. Our kitchens are run because of this political party only, and there is no substitute for that. Do you feel your future articles will have some flavour of someone’s belief also in economic and other matters?”
Good question, Avinash. This is something I’ve been wanting to write about and I’ll use this opportunity to do it.
The way I look at intellectual pursuits is that any field of study is merely a window through which to examine and explore our world. When I write a piece on my primary field economics, for instance, I try and make it as relevant to as many people as possible. So, my articles on the G20 relate to how the world around us will change because of some macro-prudential change in the way global banking functions.
Likewise with faith. To me Just Faith is a prism through which the various colours of our lives, our dreams, our aspirations, our sorrows and joys, our very existence can be seen. So, using religion as my intellectual base, I tackle issues that range from politics and diplomacy to crime and spirituality.
To answer Avinash’s question, therefore, Just Faith will have a wider spectrum than just discussing religion or belief systems. It will definitely include faith in non-religious issues. The faith of economists in the markets, for instance. And most of all, faith in oneself.
If you have more questions, keep them coming. You can either post them as comments on this blog or ask me on my Twitter account @gchikermane