This was the title of Isak Svensson’s parting lecture for the National Centre for Peace and Conflict studies held at Holy Name Church on Tuesday.  By the end of the evening the church was very cold as the roof was being repaired and there was no heating.

Observations from the lecture:

When a conflict becomes a religious conflict quite often because alternative secular ideologies have been tried and exhausted.  Religion in conflict is a weapon of last resort.  Once it’s applied it’s like uranium.  There is no turning back.  Religious warriors will not back down.  They will continue the flight to the bitter resolution.  Even in the resolution of a conflict the after-affects will continue on.