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We Don't Do God

John BurtonEileen Mccabe

We Don't Do God

John BurtonEileen Mccabe

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Tony Blair's religious and social motivations are uncovered through a series of interviews and first-hand accounts with some of his closest contemporaries.>

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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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About "We Don't Do God"

Tony Blair's religious and social motivations are uncovered through a series of interviews and first-hand accounts with some of his closest contemporaries.>
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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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Meet the Authors

John Burton

John Burton EdD works as a counselor in a private practice, teaches graduate school, and conducts workshops on various human relations and growth topics. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

Eileen Mccabe

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.

Table Of Contents

  • St John's College, Oxford 1972-75; Part One; Introduction; Chapter 1; Oxford To Sedgefield; Chapter 2: Sedgefield To Westminster; Chapter 3: Mp To Leader; Chapter 4: Leader To Prime Minister; Part Two; Chapter 5: Domestic Policy; Chapter 6: Bringing Peace To Northern Ireland; Chapter 7: Striding The International Stage; Part Three; Chapter 8: Three Times A Winner; Chapter 9 The Post Premiership Years; Chapter 10 And Finally..............

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  • Catalogue Code 288859
  • Product Code 9781847063526
  • ISBN 1847063527
  • EAN 9781847063526
  • Pages 256
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Continuum Publishing Group
  • Publication Date May 2009
  • Dimensions 219 x 142 x 18 mm
  • Weight 0.345kg

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