Scottish independence seems like a false god

8 09 2014

Scottish independence seems like a false godChurch Times, 05 Sep 2014

Breaking up the UK would not help anyone, argues Nigel Biggar

IN A COUPLE of weeks’ time, on 18 September, the residents of Scotland will vote whether or not to leave the United Kingdom (Comment, 2 November 2012, 14 March 2014; Paul Vallely 29 August). One way or another, the outcome will affect all of us on these islands.

The Churches in Scotland have remained officially neutral, readying themselves for the work of reconciliation which will be needed to tackle the bitter disappointment that the referendum’s verdict is bound to generate.

Individual Christians, on the other hand, have ranged themselves on opposing sides of the debate. I am among them. As an Anglo-Scot, I am a visceral supporter of the Union between England and Scotland, and an opponent of Scottish separation. I am not impartial. Nevertheless, as a Christian, I have a duty to test my convictions against the moral implications of my faith. Read the rest of this entry »





Scottish independence: a faith without sufficient reason

1 09 2014
Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond: Where’s the substance?

by Nigel Biggar

“Scottish independence is a solution in search of a problem. Rather than the cogent conclusion of a rigorous analysis of particular woes afflicting the Scottish people, it’s an article of faith.

That’s why supporters of a Yes vote in September 18th’s referendum struggle to make a clear profit out of the empirical data, why they are wont to distort history, and why they so often react to criticism by tackling the man and not the ball. It’s also why the latest policies of the separatists — to keep the Queen, the pound, and membership of NATO — are so opportunistic.”

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Registration Open: In Defence of War?

5 05 2014

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Podcast: “How Much is Enough? The Love of Money and the Case for the Good Life”

22 04 2014

SkidelskyBookIn this McDonald Centre conference, Robert and Edward Skidelsky debate their controversial book about work, wealth, and human well-being with Rowan Williams, Cecile Fabre, John Thanassoulis, and other theologians, philosophers, economists and journalists.

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Yes, war can be just

28 03 2014

And just war reasoning is as sound as ever

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“In a recent column here at The Week, Damon Linker responded to my book In Defence of War by concluding that ‘just war thinking, even at its very best, is an intellectual, moral, and theological fraud.'”

Read Nigel Biggar’s response to Damon Linker’s critique in The Week.





Give War a Chance? Day Conference

28 03 2014

Contesting Themes from In Defence of War
1 May 2014

A One Day Conference on the Law, Ethics, and History of Armed Conflict
St Mary’s College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews 

BiggarInDefenceOfWarScholars from both sides of the Atlantic, and representing a range of disciplines, will engage In Defence of War, which has quickly been regarded as one of the most important recent books on the morality of war. In it, Oxford theologian and priest Nigel Biggar challenges what he regards as wishful thinking: the increasingly fashionable view that war has become unnecessary. He contends that war can be morally legitimate, legally justified, and indeed Christian. Arguing from a range of sources including military history, real-life battle accounts, philosophy, theology, and international law, In Defence of War is the book with which future pacifists and realists will have to contend.

Speakers:

  • John Milbank, University of Nottingham (Theology)
  • Mary Ellen O’Connell, University of Notre Dame (Law)
  • David Rodin, University of Oxford (Philosophy)
  • Anthony Lang, University of St Andrews (International Relations)
  • Nigel Biggar, University of Oxford (Theology)

Registration is now open. The conference is free, but space is limited, so please register by emailing gwac.conference@gmail.com.  Include your name and, if applicable, your institution and field of study. The event will run from approximately 10am to 5pm. Refreshments, but not lunch, will be provided. Confirmation of your place, as well as further details of the event, will be sent in April. Full details at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/divinity/rt/conf/givewar/.





Podcast: Oh What a Lovely War? First World War Anniversary Lectures

27 02 2014

First World War Anniversary Lectures Podcast2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War, whose war dead still cascade down the north wall of the entrance to Christ Church Cathedral, and which continues to haunt the imagination of contemporary Britons, shaping our views of armed force, of authority, and of patriotism. This lecture series looks at aspects of the First World War.

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