Is war ever just? The Big Questions, 26 January 2014

Is war ever just? The Big Questions, 26 January 2014

On Sunday 26 January 2014, BBC1's ethics and beliefs discussion show, The Big Questions, features a special edition recorded at Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford, where presenter Nicky Campbell will be asking just one Big Question: Is war ever just?

The show broadcasts at 10am. Among those taking part will be Ekklesia associate and Christian peace activist Symon Hill, along with our good friend Andrew Francis from the Anabaptist Network.

Alongside them will be historians Tom Holland and Margaret MacMillan, Major General Tim Cross, author and former army chaplain Dr Peter Lee, Guardian columnist Seumas Milne, former Catholic priest Bruce Kent from the Movement for the Abolition of War, Dr Usama Hasan from the Quilliam Foundation, and the philosopher Dr Helen Frowe.

Symon Hill is also one of those standing trial on the 3 and 4 February 2014 at Stratford Magistrates Court for prayerfully blockading arms dealers trying to enter the DSEi military equipment show in London in September 2013. See also the first of a series of blogs he is writing in the run-up to the First World War 'celebrations', on why war is a bad idea: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20025

The Big Questions programme, which on this occasion is a pre-record but is often live, will also be available for a week online via BBC iPlayer.

For future editions, you can also get involved in the debates via Twitter at @bbcbigquestions, using the hashtag #bbctbq. Also via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Big-Questions/351996461495563).

The programme will also be available for a week online via BBC iPlayer.

* Programme details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007zpll

* Trial of Christian anti-arms trade protesters due for 3 and 4 February: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20004

* Peacemaking after Christendom: http://paceebene.wordpress.com/2008/07/17/peacemaking-after-christendom/

* There is more about the series on the BBC Religion site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/

* BBC iPlayer home: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/

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