The themes raised by the book will be debated by Professor Sir Hew Strachan (History), Dr Joshua Hordern (Theology) and Dr Tom Simpson (Philosophy and Public Policy). A light lunch will be provided.
In "In Defence of War" Nigel Biggar provides a succinct account of the logic, strengths, and weaknesses of religious and non-religious pacifism. The book reasserts the complex moral reasoning of the early Christian just war tradition from Augustine to Grotius against the exclusive rights-talk of liberal just war thinking and explains how to order the use of the various criteria of just war, so as to produce a coherent final judgement. It also includes a painstaking analysis of the 2003 Iraq invasion, as well as a moral analysis of Britain's involvement in the First World War.