The Military Ethical Complex


How do you make moral decisions on the battlefield? The DNA of the British Army, which used to be Christian, is now increasingly secular, and the nature of battle has also changed. Giles Fraser teaches ethics to the army and asks what guides military thinking in life and death.

Dr Giles Fraser is priest-in- charge at St Mary’s Newington, in Elephant and Castle, London and writes the column Loose Canon for the Guardian. In October 2011, Occupy London based their protest outside St Paul’s. Fraser said that he was happy for people to “exercise their right to protest peacefully” outside the cathedral. In October 2011 Fraser resigned as he could not sanction any policy of the chapter of St Paul’s to use force to remove the protesters.

Giles Fraser