How have biblical interpretation and religious traditions affected human progress? Answers came from about 70 church leaders, theologians, development experts and policy-makers during an Oct. 21-25 religion and development conference in Neuendettelsau, Germany. Lutheran theology contributes to holistic development models, speakers said. Madipoane Masenya, an Old Testament scholar at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, said the Bible and other sacred writings like the Quran are closely connected to development issues. "A faith that is alive will enable its bearer to seek righteousness and justice," she said.
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