Hands across the divide
Gerry O’Hanlon, from the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, joined a diverse panel on 22 April to debate the topic ‘Faith in a Crisis: Religion and Spirituality in an Economic Downturn’. It took place in the Button Factory, the refurbished Temple Bar Music Centre. The evening got off to a somewhat giddy start, with inputs from two comedians, but by the time the debate got going, the mood in the audience (largely college students and 30-somethings) was relaxed. Straight away there seemed to be a chasm between those, in the panel and audience, who see the world in terms of religion and those who do not. However, as the panel and audience interacted and as the two ‘divides’ learnt each other’s language, it became clear that Christians can have doubts and humanists can be spiritual.