History is littered with wars and atrocities apparently inspired by religion, and today there seems no end to reports of cruelty and violence carried out in the name of God. But is it belief in God that motivates these evils? Or do they spring from other motives?At the same time, history testifies to numerous benefits to humanity brought about by religious individuals and movements. In this rich but highly succinct book, Rupert Shortt offers even-handed guidance on one of the most disputed questions of our time. Rupert Shortt is religion editor of The Times Literary Supplement. His books include Christianophobia: A Faith under Attack (2012), Rowan’s Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop (2014) and God Is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (2016). All welcome, come along and put your views forward.
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