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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 November 2012

Roy Jenkins and guests discuss conscience on the religious affairs programme. What is it, what shapes it, and should we regard a clear conscience as a necessity or a luxury?

  • Conscience

    On All Things Considered this week Roy Jenkins and guests are thinking about conscience.

    The medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas described conscience as ‘the mind of man making moral judgments’ - but when there are tough choices to be made, is acting on those judgments something of a luxury?

    Why is a clear conscience important? Is it always affordable in an age of austerity? And what happens to us when we act against our conscience, or try to silence it?

    Roy Jenkins is joined by the theologian Elaine Storkey, president of the relief agency Tear Fund, Gary Grant, founder of the retail toy chain The Entertainer, Vaishnav Hindu priest and teacher Akhandai Das, who runs a conference and retreat centre near Brecon, and Richard Paterson, who officiates at weddings, funerals and other events as a humanist celebrant.



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