Whilst serving in the army, Richard Harries received a dramatic call to ordination. Despite having virtually no religious background, like Martin Luther "He could do no other". After a varied ministry as parish priest, theological lecturer and Dean of King's College, London, he served as Bishop of Oxford from 1987-2006, and was described by Rowan Williams as one of the Church of England's "truly great and memorable figures" and one of its " greatest Christian intellectuals." He has been involved in a number of major controversies, including taking the Church Commissioners to Court and appointing/nominating a gay bishop. His contribution to public life was recognized when on his retirement when he was made a member of the House of Lords in his own right, where he continues to be engaged on human rights issues. His main focus has always been on the interface of faith and wider culture, including the arts and he is the author of more than 30 well received books in these areas. As a broadcaster and writer he has offered a robust, intellectually grounded defence of orthodox Christian faith in a skeptical age. He lives in London, UK.