Is Religion Really Violent?

The idea that the inherent aggression of religion makes it essential to exclude faith from political life is central to our Western secular consciousness. But historians of warfare tell us that we never take up arms for a single reason; multiple factors are always involved, chief of which has always been the competition for scarce resources. They also tell us that whatever its ideology, terrorism is always inescapably political. Are we in danger of making faith a scapegoat for the violence of our time and consequently failing to appreciate all the factors that are dividing our world so perilously?

Speakers: Karen Armstrong
Festival: 2015

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