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McDonald Conference 2011 - 'Christian Ethics & Peter Singer'

Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 9:00am to Friday, 20 May 2011 - 5:15pm

Peter Singer is one of the world’s best-known, and most controversial, moral philosophers. Unfortunately, much of the response from Christian ethicists has been combative and hostile. This conference brings together ten leading utilitarians and Christian ethicists for a genuine exchange on theoretical, historical, and applied topics. Sessions will explore the place of consequentialism in church history, sanctity of life, climate change, global poverty, abortion, and the treatment of animals. 

The McDonald Centre's annual spring conference for 2011 was entitled "Christian Ethics Engages Peter Singer."  The conference brought together leading utilitarian and Christian speakers to discuss issues ranging from the treatment of animals to climate change and poverty. Over 100 attendees from across the globe met over two days to hear papers and participating in lively Q&A with the speakers.  These included Peter Singer, John Hare, Eric Gregory, Lisa Sowle Cahill, and others.  More details of the event can be found in the conference programme.  

Coverage of the conference can be found in various blogs, as well as The Guardian and The Tablet.  During the conference, Standpoint conducted an interview with Nigel Biggar and Peter Singer.  A collection of the contributions to the conference, edited by John Perry, was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press as God, the Good, and Utilitarianism: Perspectives on Peter Singer.