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.





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.

Lecture Series Podcast





Paxman Begins WW1 Anniversary Lectures

23 01 2014

On Tuesday 21st of January, Jeremy Paxman gave the first of a series of lectures at Christ Church exploring the First World War. The Blue Boar Lecture Theatre and overflow seating were full to capacity long before the start of the lecture and many people were disappointed not to be able to get in.

Jeremy Paxman with Professor Nigel Bigger

Jeremy Paxman with Professor Nigel Bigger

2014 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.

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Michael Gove on Britain’s Involvement in the First World War

8 01 2014
Michael Gove

Michael Gove

Last week Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, published a controversial article in The Daily Mail, decrying left-wing denigration of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. In it he praised Nigel Biggar’s “superb essay” in the September issue of Standpoint magazine. You may find Mr. Gove’s article here. And Nigel Biggar’s essay here.





Accepting Applications for Two Post-doctoral Fellowships

11 12 2013

The Faculty of Theology and Religion in the University of Oxford wishes to appoint the following:

Applications must be submitted by the University’s online application system no later than 12.00 noon on Thursday 16 January 2014.





Damian McBride: A Cautionary Tale

7 12 2013
What values did Damian McBride receive at Peterhouse, Cambridge?

What values did Damian McBride receive at Peterhouse, Cambridge?

STANDPOINT.  December 2013

In his latest STANDPOINT article, Nigel Biggar questions the “exaggerated regard for the freedom of the individual” in modern liberal society.  Biggar observes that radical moral individualism, when combined with multiculturalist ideology, tends to make institutions “morally tongue-tied.”  He insists that institutions, including British universities, must be able to own, to articulate, and to promote “common moral norms upon which their healthy functioning depends.”





Can Science Replace Religion In Our Lives?

12 07 2013

How can we establish the authority of a decent public morality in a plural society?

Comte identified morality with altruism

To answer this question, some post-Christian secularists turn to evolutionary biology and game theory.  They identify morality with altruism and then seek to conjure altruism out of genetic selfishness.  In his recent article in Standpoint Magazine, Professor Nigel Biggar outlines the problems associated with this approach and argues how the Christian moral vision tells a better story.

Thomas Aquinas and Joseph Butler tell a better story than Hobbes. They can account for the various data of the springs of human motivation without having to force them onto a procrustean bed of materialism. What is more, their story gladly embraces the notions of human dignity and rights that most materialists strive to retain in schizophrenic defiance of all their premises. This is why Jürgen Habermas, the eminent (and atheist) German public intellectual, was moved to confess to Le Monde some years ago that religious traditions — not least the Christian one — “have the distinction of a superior capacity for articulating our [liberal, humanist] moral sensibility”.








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