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Separating Good from Evil in the British Empire | Dr. Nigel Biggar | EP 359

Published on 22 May 2023 / In People & Blogs

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Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and Dr. Nigel Biggar break down his new publication, “Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning,” and parse out the truths and falsehoods from the modern day revisionist movement. They explore the ethics of imperialism, the motivations for the British colonies, their role in the slave trade, bringing modernity to much of the world, and looking back on history with a balanced lens.

Dr. Nigel Biggar is a prominent British theologian, academic and author. He is known for his work in the fields of ethics, philosophy, and theology, particularly in the context of war, peace, and historical reverence. Biggar has made significant contributions to the study of Christian ethics and has written extensively on topics such as “just war theory,” moral responsibility, and the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution. He has been involved in various academic institutions, including the University of Oxford, where he held the Regius Professorship of Moral and Pastoral Theology.

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For Dr. Nigel Biggar: https://www.mcdonaldcentre.org.uk/

Regius Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford: https://www.theology.ox.ac.uk/....people/professor-nig

Director, McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life:

Author of Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning (HarperCollins, 2022):

What’s Wrong with Rights? (Oxford University Press, 2020):

Between Kin and Cosmopolis: An Ethic of the Nation (Wipf & Stock; James Clarke, 2014):

In Defence of War (Oxford University Press, 2013, 2014):

- Chapters -

(0:00) Coming up
(0:15) Intro
(1:07) An interest in morality, ethics, and empire
(6:41) Resignation, effects and trauma
(10:45) The issue is “toxic,” Hitler and the metaphor or contagion
(13:38) Response to the mob, targeted contempt
(15:22) Separating personal interest from honest analysis
(17:10) Psychology of the opposition: a dangerous means of dismissal
(19:35) Presenting the worst along with the best
(22:07) Metaphysical presumptions of science
(25:21) Aligning oneself with the truth
(28:05) Ethics versus satisfaction
(30:16) Marxism, the approximation of power
(34:41) Why we admire people who live towards beauty and truth
(39:06) Working through right and wrong
(41:11) Possession to follow ones destiny
(43:30) The story of Jonah, when you reject the call from God
(48:50) Chapter one: motives of the empirical endeavor
(54:32) What replaces God once destroyed
(56:45) There’s nothing wrong with power unless you abuse it
(58:02) Compulsion, greed, trade, and productivity
(1:00:58) Exploitation of labor was not a result of colonialism
(1:01:52) Chapter two: slavery is ubiquitous, Wilberforce
(1:03:30) The British equivalent to BLM
(1:05:22) The first in history to abolish the slave trade
(1:08:14) Christianity lead the anti-slavery charge
(1:11:17) Chapter three: breaking the racial hierarchy
(1:12:35) Science does not always lead to enlightenment
(1:13:40) Mitigating the sudden impact of modernity in India
(1:15:44) Was British culture imposed?
(1:17:00) The 1619 project, breaking the commonwealth narrative
(1:18:24) Multiple visions at play for the British colonies
(1:21:34) Chapter four: land, settlers, and conquest
(1:22:58) Facts of history, the reality of unstable states
(1:25:25) Chapter five and six: genocide is intentional, trade and exploitation
(1:26:35) Tasmania, clear effort to protect the Aborigines
(1:28:05) Ethnocentrism, the cultural gap, and modernity
(1:31:07) Avoiding the “ism,” colonial parties
(1:31:52) Chapter seven: government for it’s people
(1:35:03) What makes a government legitimate
(1:36:32) Leadership, the image of the shepherd, Mesopotamia
(1:38:34) Chapter eight: violence and justification
(1:40:19) Circumstances of aggression, WW2
(1:41:24) Conclusion and epilogue: fighting the modern false narrative
(1:45:20) Embattled spirits, the hostile brothers, breathing life back into Marx
(1:49:34) Demented messianism
(1:50:20) When the “oppressed” disagree with their white knights
(1:51:41) Grasping narcissism, the banquet of privilege
(1:53:10) Reviews and distortion
(1:57:13) Retirement from Oxford, freedom to pursue new ideas

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