Tidelines Taster event: Richard Holloway

A LITTLE HISTORY OF RELIGION

Tidelines Book Festival presents outspoken and controversial writer, broadcaster and former cleric Richard Holloway to talk about his latest book.

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion – from the dawn of religious belief to the twenty-first century – with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young readers who might be making their minds up, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery, and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

Ranging far beyond the major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, the author also also examines 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 and secularists, and more. Holloway proves an emphatic yet discerning guide to the enduring significance of faith and its power from ancient times to our own.

Friday 24 March 6.30 – 7.30pm at Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine.
Tickets only £5 from HAC 01294 274059

If the book has a message for our times, it comes when Holloway notes the fact that religion has an extraordinary instinct for survival. It is, he writes, “the anvil that has worn out many hammers”.Since, on such a basis, it is here to stay for the foreseeable future, there can be no better place to learn more about it than in the pages of this enlightening book.        The Guardian

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