Who Would Jesus Shoot?

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On November 12, 2014, the Director of the McDonald Centre, Prof. Nigel Biggar, participated in a debateon the theological legitimacy of war entitled “Who Would Jesus Shoot?” with Dr. Thomas Yoder Neufeld, a Mennonite theologian and author of Jesus and the Subversion of Violence.

Around 160 people attended the event, which was held at Union Chapel in Bloomsbury, London, and chaired by Karen Stallard, minister at Union Chapel and a member of the Anabaptist Network steering committee, and Simon Barrow, co-director of the Christian political think-tank Ekklesia. One attendee reported that it was ‘the best, most constructive public conversation about peace and war from a Christian perspective that I think I’ve ever been part of.’

The two main addresses can be streamed here and downloaded here.

Making Sense of Life: Can War Be Justified?

St Andrews OxfordOn 16 November 2014, the Director of the McDonald Centre, Prof. Nigel Biggar, was interviewed at St. Andrew’s Church, Oxford, by Revd. Andrew Wingfield-Digby.  The interview was followed by an address in which the Director discussed his recent work on the moral and theological legitimacy of war with particular reference to the First World War and the current crisis in Syria and Iraq.

Scottish independence seems like a false god

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. Continue reading