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How To Be Good: Gurus, Gods and Guidance: Panel Talk

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Hear from religious leaders, writers and philosopher on where we should look for moral guidance.

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.

In the absence of commandments carved in stone, or dictated direct from the divine, where will we look to for guidance on life’s burning questions? Who decides right and wrong? We hear from a range of religious leaders, writers and philosophers on where we should look to for our moral guidance, from the domestic to the biggest political arenas.

The panel features:

- Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, who was the 106th Bishop of Rochester for 15 years and is now director of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue, and Visiting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.

- Dr Julian Baggini, philosopher and author of numerous books including most recently The Edge of Reason: A Rational Sceptic in an Irrational World.

- Dr Chetna Kang, consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster and priest in the Hindu tradition of Bhakti Yoga. She is on the Executive Committee for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Spirituality in Psychiatry SIG and is on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Engagement Editorial Board.

Chaired by Arifa Akbar, Head of Content at the publisher Unbound, where she is launch editor of the new literary website, Boundless. She is a regular reviewer for The Financial Times, London Evening Standard and Sky News. She is also curating a Muslim literary festival called MFest at the British Library in April 2018.

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall


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