In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, Richard Holloway and Andrew Copson talk about the trials and tribulations of religion and belief, and what it means to be a humanist in the 21st century.
Ranging far beyond the major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, the examination of where religious belief comes from, the search for meaning throughout history, today’s fascinations with Scientology and Creationism, religiously motivated violence, hostilities between religious people, secularists, and more.
Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, is an internationally popular writer and broadcaster. His more than 20 books include the best-selling Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt. He lives in Edinburgh. His latest book is A Little History of Religion.
‘His is a mind too large, too curious and far too generous to be confined within any single religious denomination.’ —Philip Pullman
‘It is difficult to name anyone more qualified to write on this topic than Richard Holloway. His own journey of faith has encompassed so many experiences that he writes with an admirable combination of detachment, knowledge and affectionate engagement.’ —Diarmaid MacCulloch author of A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
Andrew Copson is Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association and President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the global umbrella body for atheist, humanist, skeptic and secularist organisations.
Door 7pm. Start 7.30pm. Ends 9pm.
Copies of Richard’s and Andrew’s books will be available to buy and have signed on the night.