20th June 2021

Why do the innocent suffer?

Sermon preached by Lord Alderdice to Shelswell Benefice at the church of St Michael and All Angels, Fringford on Sunday 20th June 2021 Readings: Job 38: 1 – 11 and Mark 4: 35 – 41.  I have long felt an identification with the Belfast boy, C.S. Lewis, whose early years were spent in Little Lea, a lovely house near to …

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11th June 2021

Britain must lead the creation of an international fund for Israel and Palestine

An international fund can play an important role in making positive change possible between Israeli and Palestine, but it needs political support and the involvement of international partners. Along with many others who care about the people of Israel and Palestine, I was deeply saddened by the recent re-escalation of the conflict between the State of Israel and Hamas in …

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11th May 2021

A tribute to Jonathan Fryer

Today I was honoured though saddened to deliver this eulogy at the funeral of my friend, Jonathan Fryer. “We have come together, in person and on-line to celebrate, Jonathan Fryer, a remarkable man who enriched all our lives and those of listeners, viewers and readers in many languages, and all around the world.   Sadly in this time of COVID, although …

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13th April 2021

A tribute to HRH Prince Philip

Her Majesty, the Queen, and the Duke of Edinburgh have been a rock of stability and continuity through the whole of my life, and I confess to feeling emotionally affected by his death, wondering what the generational change it signifies may mean for the future of our country. The Duke of Edinburgh has had an impact on me from early …

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27th May 2019

Yes, she did……!

It will be an absolutely stunning result! As I write there is much counting still to be done but the result is clear – Alliance Leader, Naomi Long will be one of the three Northern Ireland MEPs. Not only is that the best Alliance result – by any parameter – in its 49 year history, it also means that Northern …

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29th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018 Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for the warm welcome you have given me into membership of this congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Belfast at what was a difficult time in my own journey of faith. I am not …

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11th October 2017

Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Terrorism. Part 2: fundamentalism, regression and repair

Abstract Prior to the watershed events of 11 September 2001, terrorism was generally seen simply as politically motivated, criminal violence. Since then the phenomena of religious fundamentalism, political radicalization and terrorism have become fused in the public mind, partly under the influence of the political and military reaction described as the ‘War on Terror’ and its successors. While there is …

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11th October 2017

Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Terrorism. Part 1: terrorism as dissolution in a complex system

Abstract In the first of two papers in this Special Issue, Lord Alderdice draws on his personal experience of living and working in Northern Ireland and other countries that have suffered from terrorism, and describes from a psychoanalytic and systemic perspective the history of national, cultural and political conflicts which form the backdrop to the struggles against fundamentalism, radicalization and …

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