Karen Armstrong on War and Religion
Tom Sutcliffe discusses war and religion with Karen Armstrong, Justin Marozzi and Christopher Coker.
Karen Armstrong argues against the notion that religion is the major cause of war. The former nun tells Tom Sutcliffe that faith is as likely to produce pacifists and peace-builders as medieval crusaders and modern-day jihadists. But Justin Marozzi charts the violent history of Baghdad and asks what role religion had to play there. The philosopher Christopher Coker explores how warfare dominates our history, and argues that war, like religion, is central to the human condition.
Producer: Katy Hickman.
Karen Armstrong is a writer and commentator on religious affairs.
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence is published by Bodley Head.
Karen Armstrong is giving the opening lecture at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead, October 31st - November 2nd. Start the Week will also be recording an edition of the programme at the Festival. To find out more before free tickets become available for booking on October 6th, please visit the Festival link below:
|Interviewed Guest||Karen Armstrong|
|Interviewed Guest||Justin Marozzi|
|Interviewed Guest||Christopher Coker|