To the chapters of the life of a onetime prime minister and now freelance diplomat, add one more: Mr. Blair Goes to Yale.
Fresh off his first year as a guest lecturer on faith and globalization at Yale University, former British prime minister Tony Blair got something rarely accorded to most academics: a public forum in which to reflect on what he had learned as a teacher.
At a public address at Yale’s Battell Chapel, Blair said he had drawn ten lessons from the seminar he cotaught this semester and expects to repeat during the fall terms of 2009 and 2010.
Among the lessons Blair culled from his teaching: “faith matters,” “religious faith is not in decline” and “globalization requires values to succeed.”
In a world being “pushed closer together” while religious differences are often used to pull people apart, he said: “If religious faith can, at least, not be a hindrance of coming together, that would be a great thing.”