The London Times recently published a letter from the Director of the McDonald Centre relating to the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris on January 7.
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.’
On 24 November 2014, the Director of the McDonald Centre, Prof. Nigel Biggar, addressed an event jointly organised by Christians in Parliament and the Westminster Abbey Institute. The evening reception was held in the House of Commons as part of a series of lectures and seminars focusing on defence policy.
On 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.
Care, not killing; disabled people hold a demonstration against Lord Falconer’s Bill outside the House of Lords last summer
Church 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