Bali will host the Religion of 20 (R20) forum on Wednesday and Thursday, ahead of the Group of 20 Summit about two weeks later. Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) chairman Yahya Cholil Staquf came up with the R20 concept to promote religion as an alternative solution to today’s complicated global problems, including conflicts, climate change and economic injustice.
Considering these objectives, the R20 will not only enliven the G20 agenda but also bring new hope for global solutions and contribute to Indonesia’s diplomatic agenda. Many have deemed religion a source of conflict and violence. The European Enlightenment also caused many to disregard religion’s importance in public affairs.
But that phenomenon is changing. Attempts to create a healing society ti disregard religion’s importance in public affairs.
Penulis Saru Arifin, (Dosen FH UNNES menempuh doktor di Pecs, Hungary)
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