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Separation of Powers: God in Politics

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Share your thoughts on whether religion and politics can exist separately in this talk.

From countries which have Sharia Law, to the way that Lutheran Christianity continues to inform Nordic values, is it ever entirely possible to separate religious belief from the business of politics?

Modern secular governments often strive for a separation of religion and state, and yet the structure of society is often based on religious thinking.

A panel of religious leaders and experts debate whether religious values of compassion, forgiveness and loving thy neighbour can inspire a more balanced political discourse, or if it has no place in politics.

Speakers include Indarjit Singh, a prominent British-Asian active in Sikh and interfaith activities and a member of the House of Lords; and Sayed Razawi, director general of Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, a faith-based organisation which supports the Scottish Shia Muslim community.


The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall


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This event is included in the Saturday Pass, and is part of Prophets, Visionaries and Power.

before & after

Couple having a cocktail in Ping Pong restaurant at the Southbank Centre
At Chinese restaurant Ping Pong, a buzzing cocktail bar meets the delights of dim sum
Exterior view of YO! Sushi at the Southbank Centre
Delectable Japanese sushi, ramen and more to be grabbed from the conveyor belt