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Former Bishop of Oxford to speak on war against terror

Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford and well-known lecturer and public speaker, will be the guest speaker at the next Ebor lecture being held on Wednesday 23 March at York Minster.

In a lecture entitled ‘Just war against terror?’, Lord Harries will discuss the topic in the context of the current series theme, ‘Politics of Fear, Politics of Hope? Terrorism in the 21st Century’.

Speaking in advance of the lecture, Lord Harries said:

“The whole concept of a war on terror is highly misleading and damaging. We need first to understand the nature of modern terror, what it is and how the terrorists hope to achieve their aims. Only then can we work out what is both the just and the best way of countering it.”

Richard Harries was Bishop of Oxford from 1987-2006. On his retirement he was made a Life Peer, (Lord Harries of Pentregarth), and he continues to be active in the House of Lords. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and is currently Gresham Professor of Divinity at King’s College London. Lord Harries is the author of a number of books, especially in the area of war and peace.

The Ebor lectures are organised by York St John University, York Minster, The Order of Carmelites, The Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire & the Humber and York Institute for Community Theology.

Since their launch in 2006, the Lectures have established an enviable reputation with prestigious speakers, promoting debate on topical issues and broadening discussion. Held annually, past speakers have included Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Robert Peston, the BBC’s Business Editor and legendary parliamentarian Tony Benn.

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk


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