Cristina Odone

Journalist, novelist and broadcaster

Guardian Focus podcast: Is religion a force for good?

November 21, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

AC Grayling, Evan Harris, Jon Cruddas, Cristina Odone and Samia Rahman debate the virtues of religion

In anticipation of the coming debate between Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair on the value of religion, we gathered a selection of thinkers on the subject to discuss the topic.

AC Grayling
 is professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Evan Harris is a former MP and Liberal Democrat science spokesman.

Cristina Odone was editor of the Catholic Herald and deputy editor of the New Statesman.

Jon Cruddas is Labour MP for Dagenham. He's also a Roman Catholic.

Samia Rahman is a freelance journalist living in London and a muslim.

The panel debates the value of religion to society, its impact on policymaking, its contribution to culture and what a world without religion would be like.

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