2012 Sarum Theological Lectures

Giles Fraser

Giles FraserThe 2012 speaker was the Revd Dr Giles Fraser,
the new priest-in-charge at St Mary’s Newington
and former chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.


1 May guest speaker: Richard Norton-Taylor, security and defence writer for the Guardian.

Read his definition of new war

2 May guest speaker: Nicholas Mercer, priest in Salisbury diocese and former legal advisor for Iraq

The Morality of New War

Mon 30 April, Tues 1, Wed 2, Thur 3 May 2012
7pm in Salisbury Cathedral

Event poster, click to enlarge

With the rise of asymmetric warfare, does the traditional understanding of Just War theory work in the 21st century? Does human rights legislation have a place on the battlefield? And has secularisation undermined the moral substructure of the British army? These issues and more will be addressed during the course of the series.

Giles Fraser lectures on ethics and leadership at the Defence Academy at Shrivenham. He is the former canon chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

With lectures on four consecutive evenings, why not come for the week and enjoy being just steps away from Salisbury Cathedral?

While you’re here, you can enjoy Sarum’s delicious meals, specialist library and bookshop. Contact Alison Ogden for programme and accommodation details.

Price £24 series of four; £7 per lecture

Programme structure

Fraser will give the first lecture on Monday 30 April and the fourth on Thursday 3 May.

The two middle evenings will be in discussion format.  On Tuesday 1 May, Fraser will be in discussion with Richard Norton-Taylor, long-standing writer on security and defence for the Guardian. On Wednesday 2 May, he will be in discussion with the Revd Nicholas Mercer, Assistant Curate in Gillingham and Milton-on-Stour in Dorset and the government’s former chief legal adviser for Iraq.

Richard Norton-Taylor won the Freedom of Information Campaign Award for journalism in 1986. He edits the Guardian Defence and Security blog with Nick Hopkins.

Nicholas Mercer was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year by Liberty, a civil liberties and human rights charity.

NOTE: Because of a Royal visit to the Cathedral Close on Tuesday 1 May, there will be travel restrictions in place in the Close for the lecture on this evening. Further details

News items about and by Giles Fraser

Giles Fraser Clashes with Richard Dawkins on BBC4 Today Programme 13 Feb

A Christian Reflection on the Financial Crisis

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach2011 Niblett Memorial Lecture

A Christian Reflection on the Financial Crisis

Saturday, 19 November 2011
Speaker: Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach

5pm           lecture and discussion
6.30pm      drinks and dinner (optional)

The lecture is free; dinner and drinks are £15 and must be booked by 11 November. Contact Rosie Norman

The lecture will be followed by questions and discussion between the speaker and the Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby, theologian in residence at Sarum College.

Lord Griffiths is a fellow of Sarum College and international advisor with Goldman Sachs International concerned with strategic issues in the UK and Asia.

Peter Selby is the author of Challenge to a Tribal Church and Grace and Mortgage: the Language of Faith and the Debt of the World, a prescient account of what a debt-based economy does to the world, and to the language of faith.

The lecture is held annually in honour of  former Sarum Fellow, Professor Roy Niblett CBE, a distinguished and influential presence in British higher education for more than 50 years.


2011 Sarum Theological Lectures

Tom Wright sseated peaking to group

The 2011 speaker was Tom Wright, the former bishop of Durham and now chair of New Testament and early Christianity at St Andrews University.


He is the author of more than 50 books, including:

– Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. (SPCK, HarperOne, 2008)
– Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision (SPCK, 2009)
– Virtue Reborn (SPCK, 2010) This title is published in North America as, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters (through HarperOne, 2010)

Wright also contributes to Fulcrum: renewing the evangelical centre. Fulcrum describes itself as “a network of evangelical Anglicans, seeking to renew the centre of the evangelical tradition and the centre of Anglicanism, acting as a point of balance within the Church of England.”

Watch the Langham Partnership interview with Tom Wright

Tom Wright for Everyone

Tom Wright for Everyone

Tom Wright for EveryoneBy Stephen Kuhrt (SPCK, £9.99)

This book addresses the reticence of many evangelicals to engage with what Tom Wright has been saying for some time. The book looks at key theological questions awaiting an answer and gives an enlightening summary of the theology of Tom Wright, arranged around terms like ‘Covenant’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Kingdom’, ‘The resurrection of Jesus’, and ‘justification’.

Then, in perhaps the most valuable part of the book, Stephen Kuhrt describes in detail the difference putting Tom Wright’s theology into practice has made in his own parish church, pastorally and in terms of mission. The book ends with a clear statement of Tom Wright’s challenge to the Church in the second decade of the twenty-first century.