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RELIGION - THE CAUSE OF UNITY OR DIVISION?
Tue 9 May 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 BST
Since time immemorial, humans have shed the blood of others. Sometimes for honour, sometimes for wealth, we have committed untold brutalities. Nowhere better is this seen than in our modern Age, from the First World War to the Syrian crisis.
The idea that religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, the soul of a soulless conditions and the opium of the masses, and as such is the principal cause of conflict and war is receiving a wider and wider audience. On the other hand religious adherents cry that the brutality committed in the name of the Creator is anathema to the Creator Himself. Which is the truth? Is extremism the inevitable result of returning to the original teachings of religion, or are other factors at play—factors rooted in injustice, poverty and religious illiteracy?
At this landmark event we pose the question: Is religion an instigator or a peacemaker in conflicts and divisions in society? To address such issues, speakers and scholars from various faiths will be joining us, to plumb the depths of history, theology and politics, in what promises to be an enjoyable and enlightening evening.
One of the Guest Speakers is Karen Armstrong OBE. She is one of the most original and inclusive writers on religion in the modern world. As a result of her work she has received many awards including the Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal, the British Academy's Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Improving Transcultural Understanding and ISESCO/OCIS Prize for Educators. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.