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Losing My Religion: Faith and Doubt

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Former bishop Richard Holloway discusses his struggles with religion in a candid talk.

Is any faith beyond doubt? From religious leaders to ordinary believers, is experiencing doubt an unavoidable part of having faith? Can doubt give us deeper understanding of faith, or take us beyond it altogether?

In a Western world that increasingly values questioning and doubt, we question what the challenges are for people who believe.

In candid and illuminating discussion, former Bishop of Edinburgh and author, Richard Holloway, discusses his struggles with religion and takes us on a journey through its history.

Holloway rose to one of the highest positions in the Church, before becoming disillusioned with its policies on a range of issues from gay marriage to the nature of belief itself, as he describes in his acclaimed memoir Leaving Alexandria.

In his latest book A Little History of Religion, Holloway traces the history of world religions, ranging across belief systems from every part of the globe, offering insights into distinct teachings and a shared search for meaning.

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Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall

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