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Natural Religion

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

For human beings in every period of history and every corner of the globe, nature has been a source of wonder, and has even been worshipped as divine itself.

Discover what role nature plays in the idea of the divine, and in religion, at this discussion.

What does this rich and varied tradition tell us about the way we construct meaning? Is reverence for nature something that all religions have in common? Featuring:

- Marie-Elsa Bragg is a writer, lecturer, Jesuit Spiritual Director, ordained Anglican priest and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. She is part-French, part-Cumbrian, growing up in London as well as spending considerable time in Cumbria – the setting which her debut novel Towards Mellbreak profoundly evokes. The novel is published by Chatto and Windus.

- Mahinda Deegalle is Professor in the Study of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom. He is the author of Popularizing Buddhism: Preaching as Performance in Sri Lanka (State University of New York Press, 2006), the editor of Buddhism, Conflict and Violence in Modern Sri Lanka (Routledge 2006), Justice and Statecraft: Buddhist Ideals Inspiring Contemporary World (Nagananda International Buddhist University, 2017), Dharma to the UK (World Buddhist Foundation, 2008), Vesak, Peace and Harmony: Thinking of Buddhist Heritage (Nagananda International Buddhist University, 2015) and the co-editor of Pali Buddhism (Curzon 1996). He regularly appears in BBC World Service, Buddhist TV and recently in BBC Big Questions.

Chaired by Wendy Jones, author of seven books – both fiction and non-fiction, which have been translated into 11 languages, including Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl, the biography of Grayson Perry.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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This event is included in the Saturday Pass, and is part of Rituals and Seasons: Religion and Our Natural Life.