Talks & Topics
Talks & debates

With God on Our Side... Religion and War: Saturday Pass

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Join talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world: Come along to our seventh gathering of Belief and Beyond Belief festival.

This weekend, come and hear from writers, faith and community leaders, academics and scientists on With God On Our Side... Religion and War. Speakers include writer Karen Armstrong, whose books include Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence.

With God on Our Side – Religion and War: Panel Talk
11.30am – 12.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
We ask whether wars waged in the name of religion reflect a perversion of true teachings in the name of political or ideological ends, or if there are some justifications for mass violence taught by religions themselves.

1pm – 2pm, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Royal Festival Hall
A panel of historians, religious leaders and experts talk through the history and morality of martyrdom, and try to distinguish differences between ancient martyrs who refused to renounce their faith in the face of opposition, from religiously motivated terrorism.

Holy Wars
1pm – 2pm, Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall
War has often been fought in the name of religion, though its justification has come to light later as being ideological, territorial or economic. A panel of historians, religious leaders and experts dig into the driving factors which lead to conflict and violence, and investigate the role of religion as a motivator in war.

2.30pm – 3.30pm
Come along for personal revelations and profound meditations from a diverse array of writers, experts and more, covering the full spectrum of our festival.

Jihad: Is it a Perversion of Islam?
2.30pm – 3.30pm
‘Jihad’ is a controversial word, often closely linked to religious terrorism, with Muslim scholars debating its meaning to this day. A panel of Islamic scholars, religious experts, activists and religious leaders debate the meaning of this term.

Is Religion Inherently Violent?
4pm – 5pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Does religion justify violence? One of the world’s most renowned writers on religion, Karen Armstrong, whose books include Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, delivers a keynote address challenging the idea that religion is inherently violent.

Dates & times

4 Nov 2017




Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)


50% off (limited availability)
Find out more about our Concessions policy

before & after

Exterior view of YO! Sushi at the Southbank Centre
Delectable Japanese sushi, ramen and more to be grabbed from the conveyor belt
Beany Green cafe open and serving customers during spring/summer
Perfect for your morning coffee or afternoon beers, located just under the Hungerford Bridge