Faith in the Force

Faith in the Force

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Transmission 01/05/1993


25min 03sec







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Focuses on the life of Ben Forde, a former R.U.C. Officer and devote Christian who has found both faith and music to be an outlet for pressure. 

Having been "blown up, shot at and driven out of his home" Forde is no stranger to the dangers which accompany his job, however his passion for music - which has led him to be affectionately known as the 'singing detective' - has meant that he has not yet caved to the pressures of the role. He describes his philosophy as taking one day at a time, and credits that to how he has lived through the troubles. 

Having converted to Christianity at the age of seventeen, his roots are of the evangelical tradition, but even his faith has not been safe from scrutiny as he has discovered. In particular, it is his writings on forgiveness - in the Northern Ireland context - which has proved a controversial issue, with many of his fellow believers thinking that not enough emphasis is places on the wrath of God and too much sympathy is with the criminal, not the victim.

Despite this though, there are some things which even Forde can't forgive, and that is murder, he speaks of how only God can forgive this and they must first ask for it. A project which he has tried to get put into place is a link between the police force and the ordinary criminals, in the form of an official caring unit, surprisingly his accomplice to this endeavour is ex UVF commander, Billy Mitchell, who he became acquainted with whilst Mitchell was serving a life sentence. 


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