17th Annual Principal's Dinner
Theme: "Unity for the Kingdom"
With: Dr Alister McGrath
Single Ticket: $195
Table of Eight: $1,560
A tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount.
Principal's Address: Winston Churchill is credited with saying, ‘Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.’ Of course, the truth in this statement lies in his observation that all politics must be worked out ‘in this world of sin and woe’. Every system of human organisation – from nations to churches to marriage – has at its heart a fatal flaw: the propensity for self-interest.
Is there a ‘best form of government’? Jesus thought so. He promoted the idea of ‘God’s kingdom’. But this was not just a physical kingdom, a kingdom like that of the 19th century social gospel movement. For what Jesus envisioned, indeed, what he embodied and set in motion, was a transformed realm where spirit and matter, will and action come under the rule of the One who created and redeemed us.
I hope you will be able to join me as we think about this grand theme with one of the Church’s leading theologians and public intellectuals, Professor Alister McGrath. I promise a stimulating evening over good food and fine fellowship. - The Rt Rev. Dr Stephen Andrews
Dr Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, and Fellow of Harris Manchester College at Oxford University
DR ALISTER MCGRATH is a scientist, theologian, minister, and intellectual historian. He is currently the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, and Fellow of Harris Manchester College at Oxford University. McGrath is noted for his broad -ranging work on natural theology, the relationship between science and religion, Christian theology, the reformation, and his engagement with the ‘new atheism’. A prolific author, Dr. McGrath has written over 40 books and numerous academic articles, including his critically acclaimed biography of C.S. Lewis.