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The Bishop of Oxford
Right Reverend Richard Harries
The Bishop of Oxford is no stranger to controversy, not least for spending the last 30 years backing every armed conflict that Britain has been involved in.

The Rt Rev Richard Harries has given his backing to Britain's involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan, the Falklands War, the Kosovo War and the Gulf War in 1991.

An adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Oxford has called for the gay age of consent to be reduced to 16.

He also courted controversy for defending the relationship between Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles.

Just Cause

Bishop Harries has been Bishop of Oxford since 1987 and is a regular contributor to newspaper columns and television debates.

The Bishop of Oxford is also a keen writer and not afraid to challenge the conventional view, having penned several books about religion in which he looks into the deeper issues of Christianity.

His latest book, God Outside The Box: Why Spiritual People Object To Christianity, in which he listens to and answers questions about God and Christianity from people who are spiritual but often critical of religion and Christianity.

Bishop Harries has formed his views on armed conflict by using the Christian principles of the 'Just War' criteria. This means that war would be justified if it meets certain convictions.

Unleash evil

According to the bishop, the first criteria of Just War is that there must be lawful authority for such a war, the second that there must be just cause.

The third in the list is that every effort must have been made to resolve the dispute first by peaceful means.

There must also be a judgment has to be made that the war will not unleash more evils than are already being endured and a reasonable chance of success.

The Case Against War


The Objectors

Background


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