How To Be Good: Gurus, Gods and Guidance: Saturday Pass
How To Be Good: Gurus, Gods and Guidance: Panel Talk
11.30am – 12.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
For centuries, religious teachings have given guidance to believers looking for a virtuous path through life. But the modern world has thrown up challenges to the age-old moral codes, questioning their relevance today. Our speakers explore this topic, looking from the domestic to the biggest political arenas.
1pm – 2pm, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Royal Festival Hall
Hear a panel of religious leaders, scientists, activists and experts address the pressing questions on this hot topic like the definition of a foetus as human being with a soul, and whether religion should have the final say or if it should be a woman’s right to choose.
1pm – 2pm, Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall
Same-sex marriage has increasing support around the world, with a growing number of countries since 2001 – including several Nordic nations, the UK and USA – recognising the right of same-sex couples to legally marry. Does God’s love extend to same-sex marriage, or does it stop short? A panel of religious leaders, scientists, activists and experts try to answer this and explore the moral, spiritual and legal issues of same-sex marriage.
This is Your Brain on Morality: Neuroscience and Morality
2.30pm – 3.30pm, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Royal Festival Hall
Is morality hard-wired? In this talk we seek to comprehend whether moral decisions are made by default, or if they are learnt from families, schooling and religion. And if the latter, how religious teaching shapes our brain chemistry and what neuroscience can tell us about how the brain reacts to different moral conundrums.
Shared Ground: Religion and Morality
2.30pm – 3.30pm, Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall
For millions around the world, religion provides a moral code for its followers to live by. In this talk, we explore what teachings help most in dark times and what different religions can agree on as moral absolutes. By contrast, we also ask what the moral dividing lines are that prevent certain religions from seeing eye to eye.
Beyond Good and Evil
4pm – 5pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
A panel of philosophers, religious leaders and educators discuss whether seeing the world in these absolute terms is preventing us from understanding the minutiae of pressing moral questions. They also touch on the notion of religious teaching having created a global mentality of good versus evil, and if this is indeed a useful way of viewing a troubled world.