The seed of violence seems to be in everyone at some level or other. But what does ideology and religion bring to the human propensity towards violent conflict? In what ways does faith help assuage or provoke confrontation?
This afternoon (Thursday 25 August, 5.30pm – 6.45pm) some leading thinkers about these problems come together for a public dialogue on the issues involved. 'Not Peace But A Sword' will take place at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh - as part of the 2011 Festival of Spirituality and Peace, and co-sponsored by Ekklesia.
Fresh from his experience talking with Hamas and the religious right in Israel, Oliver McTernan, a former Roman Catholic priest and broadcaster, and author of Violence in God’s Name will engage in conversation with historian Owen Dudley Edwards and church historian Lesley Orr.
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