What readers thought about declaring religious belief as a competing interestBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2174 (Published 18 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2174
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Smith and Blazeby deserve thanks for pointing out my omission - it had simply not occurred to me that I should have declared my own competing interests regarding religion/spirituality/beliefs. Attempting to put my own guiding principles into words is much harder than I anticipated - but here is an attempt: I veer between some sort of Christian-inspired monotheism, mythology-inspired pantheism, and nature-inspired animism. I am quite aware that that may sound whimsical or bonkers to everyone else, but it makes perfect sense to me!
Competing interests: No competing interests
As the authors of the original article, we thought that Birte Twisselmann did a good and fair job in summarising the responses to the article.
There was disagreement on whether people should declare their faith or the lack of it, but we were interested that Twisselmann declared that she had no relevant interests. Logically she either does or does not have some sort of faith, so should we conclude that she, and by implication The BMJ, do not agree with declaring faith or the lack of it as a relevant interest?
Competing interests: RS has no religious faith but respects those who do. JB has a religious faith and respects those who do not.