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The former British Prime Minister has gone public over his beliefs in a major speech on faith, saying religion had to be rescued from extremism in an era of growing globalisation.
"For religion to be a positive force for good, it must be rescued not simply from extremism – faith as a means of exclusion – but also from irrelevance," he added.
The worst danger, he said in his speech, was that "you are somehow messianically trying to co-opt God to bestow a divine legitimacy on your politics."
But Mr Blair, now working as a Middle East peace envoy and seeking international consensus on global warming, did concede religion and politics could be uncomfortable bedfellows as leaders who talk about their faith "may be considered weird."