We Don't Do God: Blair's Religious Belief and its consequences

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An in-depth look at the religious life of the most powerful figure in recent British history
"I have always believed in God... but [one that] I had become slightly detached from. I could not make sense of God. Peter Thompson and later John Burton made God relevant, practical rather than theological. religion for me became less of a personal relationship with God. I began to see religion more as a social context." - Tony Blair

These words of Tony Blair's are revealing. His political life was always motivated by a profound sense of mission, which was fundamentally religious. Through encounters with the Australian Anglican priest at Oxford, Peter Thompson, Blair came to understand the history and continuing purpose of Christian socialism. His most important intellectual influence was the philosopher John MacMurray, whose writings Blair devoured. But it was through the author of this book, John Burton, that Blair came to understand the application of Christian socialist principles in action. The influence of his wife Cherie Booth's Catholicism also had a profound influence on Blair. Interviews with Cherie reveal her role in shaping his religious world view. Bill and Hilary Clinton are also shown to have played a formative role in Blair's ideological makeup. Blair's work in the Middle East may become the final and triumphant expression of his moral and religious principles. Many will find this hard to swallow in the light of Blair's actions in the Middle East whilst in office. Whatever viewpoint one takes on this complex moral issue, John Burton helps us to understand more deeply one of the most successful but enigmatic prime ministers of the post war years.

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John Burton was Tony Blair's political agent for the entire duration of Blair's time as a Member of Parliament and was a formative influence on him.Eileen McCabe is a Radio and Newspaper journalist.

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Mention of forthcoming title in The Observer, December 2007

Mention of forthcoming title in The Daily Telegraph, April 30, 2008

Title mention in Sunday Telegraph.

Author and title mention in Evening Standard, 20 March 2009 (Evening Standard)

mention in Church Times - 15 May 2009 (Church Times)

Senalisation in the Mail on Sunday, 24 May 2009

Conversation with the author, Northern Echo, 25 May 2009

reviewed in Belfast Telegraph, 25 May 2009

"the best bits come from the patently likeable and extraordinarily devoted Burton"
31 May 2009 (Sunday Times)

Reviewed by Matt Creswell in Church of England Newspaper, 29 May 2009

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