Rev. Harries is certainly a controversial figure, but arguably one of the most forward thinking intellectuals in the Church of England. "Faith in Politics" is Harries attempt to explain how faith can be not only a moderating force in liberal democracies, but if done right as a bridge between faiths that helps to unify populations rather than dividing along religious lines. Obviously faith and politics has often been an unholy mix that tends to allow faith to lead the political process into dreadful slaughter, rigid ideology, and stifled cultures. But rather than dwelling on the negative aspects of religion and politics merging, Harries points to how religion and religious leaders can fill a vital role not just in society but in politics. The only trouble is it seems to work best in British politics, but even then not in a pluralistic manner. It's true that the presence of the Bishops in the House of Lords points to how religion can be incorporated into the political process, and serve as a beacon to other countries. But within comes the two perspectives: separation of church and state, and some combination of the two. Theocracies have often pointed to the problems of combining the two. Britain has had the luxury of centuries to develop an evolved system that combines the two without compromising religious freedom or turning the state into a theocracy. Harries argues that Britain's model could serve as an example for other states to follow and it certainly sounds good, although I wouldn't want to try that in the USA. The key problem is that Harries comes from a liberal pluralistic perspective when it comes to religion and most religious followers tend to me further to the right in the spectrum, verging on the fanatical. While I love what Harries has to say and truly believe that most people of faith feel the same, the reality is it is not realistic. But if you're willing to try, here is the best template to follow that I've ever read.