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With God on Our Side… Religion and War

25 Oct - 14 Nov
How do religions that preach peace and understanding justify bloodshed?From the St George’s cross of The Crusades to the black flag of ISIS, wars continue to be waged under the banner of religion. Does a war waged in the name of religion mean that its true teachings have been perverted to political or ideological ends? Or are there some justifications for mass violence taught by religions themselves?

Come along to our seventh gathering in Belief and Beyond Belief, a festival which explores what it means to be human in the 21st century, featuring a varied programme of talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world.

Buy a weekend pass for access to talks, panel discussions and debates throughout the weekend as we investigate the complex relationship between war and religion.

Events include a keynote from Karen Armstrong, author of Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence; a Belief and Beyond Belief special edition of Sunday Assembly, the secular congregation that celebrates life; and talks about modern jihad.

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4 Nov

Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
4 Nov
Explore the complex dynamics of religion and violence in this event
Literature
Religion & Beliefs
4 Nov
Join talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Literature
Religion & Beliefs
4 Nov - 5 Nov
Take part in our seventh gathering for an exploration of religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Talks & Topics
Politics & History
4 Nov
Delve into the beliefs that martyrs die for with a panel of experts
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
4 Nov
Uncover the role of religion in violence across the ages in this illuminating panel discussion
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
4 Nov
Take in this expert panel discussion on the idea and meaning of the word ‘jihad’
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
4 Nov
Hear a range of speakers tackle all kinds of topics from Belief & Beyond Belief
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
4 Nov
Does religion justify violence? Come along to hear a keynote addressing this complex issue

5 Nov

Talks & Topics
Health & Wellbeing
5 Nov
Want to help others live a full life? See what this secular congregation has to offer
Literature
Religion & Beliefs
4 Nov - 5 Nov
Take part in our seventh gathering for an exploration of religion, spirituality, belief and the world

Our weekend pass for Belief & Beyond Belief: With God On Our Side – Religion and War gives you access to talks, panels, and debates throughout the Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

Weekend Pass: £25

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Day Passes: £15 / £7.50 concessions

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