Fear and Faith – Radio Wales

I was a guest on ‘All Things Considered’, going out on BBC Radio Wales on Sunday 13th March at 9am here. The topic was Fear.  Also in the discussion were Dr Richard Hain, a specialist in Paediatric Palliative Care; Shereen Williams, Director of the Henna Foundation and the Jesuit, Fr Roger Donovan, Director of St Beuno’s Ignatian Spirituality Centre.

Interviewer, Roy Jenkins introduces the programme:

‘Be afraid, be very afraid,’ might be a sub-text for many of the stories which dominate today’s headlines.  Campaigners on both sides of the EU Referendum debate are accused of employing fear as a tactic and argue about so-called Project Fear.  The UK’s head of counter-terrorism warns that a ‘spectacular’ terrorist attack here remains highly likely.  We watch countries disintegrating and millions on the move: their search for security makes many others feel threatened.

There seems a lot to be afraid of – but is there really any more than there’s ever been?  What are the roots of our fear, and how can they be addressed?  And where do all those Biblical encouragements to ‘Fear not’ fit in?’