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Is true religion always extremist?

Beware defining a person’s beliefs for them

By Sameer Rahim  
Ulster Volunteer Force Mural in North Belfast. © Paul Faith / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ulster Volunteer Force Mural in North Belfast. © Paul Faith / PA Archive/Press Association Images

The concluding debate in the British Academy Faith series got to the heart of contemporary discussions around religion. The question posed was: “Is true religion always extremist?” Responding were four experts in the field—all coming from different areas—who gathered in Belfast on 3rd March for an event chaired by BBC presenter William Crawley.

Opening the debate, Richard English, Professor…

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