The 2016 Catherwood lecture was given by Alan and Elaine Storkey on 24 November 2016.

The accumulation of power by arms companies and the influence of militarism have continued for over a century.

The time has come for people of faith to address these issues and to take seriously Jesus’ words, “those who take the sword will perish by the sword.

Dr Alan Storkey is an economist, sociologist and artist. He the author of War or Peace: The Long Failure of Western Arms.

Elaine Storkey is a theologian, philosopher, social scientist and broadcaster.

Norman Hamilton (OBE) is convenor for Public Affairs for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and was previously the minister of Ballysillan Presbyterian Church.