AUTHOR and journalist Peter Hitchens spoke to pupils at The Oratory School in Woodcote.
The Mail on Sunday columnist gave a talk called The Strange Death of Christian England as part of the school’s JRR Tolkien Memorial Lecture series.
He discussed the declining role of religion in society and public life and blamed it on the impact of the two world wars.
Hitchens argued both conflicts were unnecessary and said people had abandoned religion in favour of patriotism to justify the high death rates.
The school’s chaplain Father Anthony Conlon said: “It was a stimulating and unusual analysis of our present position and one which, while it did not appear to gain many converts will nonetheless not be easily forgotten.”