Author: Lord Alderdice

When reading Exodus 20 v 1-17 (the Ten Commandments) and John 2 v 13-22 (Jesus clears the Temple Courts), which are the passages set down for our study in the lectionary this week, I found myself thinking about Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and political prisoner who met his death a couple of weeks ago in the freezing conditions of a Siberian jail. Later I will say why I thought about Navalny but first let us turn to today’s reading from the Gospel according to John. The Scottish theologian, William Barclay writes that it has been said that ‘John…

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My Lords, how should one wind up a debate of such passion and complexity? Jesus summed up the whole of the law and the prophets by saying: “Love God with all your heart … Love your neighbour as yourself”. When you next look into the eyes of one of your own children or grandchildren, you will see the miracle of a wonderful human being. You do not want them to suffer, be beaten, shot or blown up, have their limbs amputated without anaesthetic, live in misery or die in agony. That is too awful to contemplate. When you next look…

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For some years I have been warning publicly that we are heading into a third global conflict, and this, at times, led me to feel quite down about the prospects for humanity. This third global conflict is not simply a rerun of the disasters of the twentieth century, for before 1945, however terrible a war was and however many people died, the world would repair itself and in time the population of the world could be restored. With the threat of nuclear war and the reality of climate change, humankind has brought about the very real danger of our own demise.

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Lord Alderdice spoke in the House of Lords debate on the Israel/Gaza Conflict on 24 October 2023. Here is the script of that speech –

My Lords, I start by declaring my interests in the register, particularly as Executive Chairman and Director of The Changing Character of War Centre at Pembroke College, Oxford.

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The Royal College of Psychiatrists has announced that Lord John Alderdice has been awarded its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 during the annual awards ceremony. The awards mark the highest levels of excellence and achievement within the field of psychiatry. The Press Release from the College said, “Lord Alderdice was born and brought up in Northern Ireland and played a vital role in helping to resolve conflict and restore peace during the Troubles. In 1978, he joined the Alliance party which tried to build the centre ground. In 1987 at the age of 32, he was elected leader of the…

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