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Does religion do more harm than good? The British Academy Debates

A British Academy Debate, held on 16 February 2016 (venue: Newcastle University), as part of the British Academy’s season on ‘Faith’.

The finger is often pointed at religion as the source of many conflicts, but is this really the case? Does the pursuit of religious freedom for some always necessitate restrictions on others? How do we balance religious freedom with fairness and equality for all?


David Aaronovitch, journalist, author and broadcaster 
Professor Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies, University of Roehampton
Professor Ian Reader, Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester
Dr Malise Ruthven, author, Islam in the World and Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning

Chaired by Professor Helen Berry, Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Newcastle University

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