Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says it's just as important to be "religiously literate" as it is to be knowledgeable about other issues.
Blair admitted before an audience of 2,000 at at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Corona, Calif. Sunday that his own knowledge of biblical history comes up short. To illustrate, he shared with the audience the story of a recent visit to the town of Jericho.
According to Blair, he turned to his Muslim guide and said, "Jericho - this is fantastic! Where are the walls?"
His guide responded, "If you remember, they fell down."
Blair was participating in the Saddleback Church's Seventh Civil Forum. Warren invited Blair to speak in the forum on "Peace in a Globalized Economy." Past civil forum guests include former President George W Bush, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.
Blair also spoke about faith in globilization.
"Faith teaches you to understand there is something more important than yourself, which is an important principle in working toward a better world. If individuals can see people of faith in action, helping in support of others, it makes this process of globalization easier," he said.
"If faith doesn't have a major role, then the risk is a process of globalization without values, without beliefs, without conviction," Blair added.