Nigel Biggar
regius professor of moral and pastoral theology, University of Oxford; director, McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life; author, What’s Wrong with Rights?

Nigel Biggar is the Regius Professor of moral and pastoral theology at the University of Oxford, where he also directs the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life.

He holds a BA. in modern history from Oxford University, a master’s degree in christian studies from Regent College Vancouver, and an MA and PhD in christian theology and ethics from the University of Chicago, and before assuming his current post he occupied chairs in theology at the University of Leeds and at Trinity College, Dublin.

A former president of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics (UK), he has sat on the ethics committee of the Royal College of Physicians and on a Royal Society working party on population growth. He was appointed a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2017.

Among his publications are In Defence of War (Oxford, 2013), Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics (Eerdmans, 2011); Religious Voices in Public Places (Oxford, 2009); Aiming to Kill: The Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia (DLT, 2004); Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict (Georgetown UP, 2003), and Cities of Gods: Faith, Politics, & Pluralism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Greenwood, 1986). His most recent book, Between Kin and Cosmopolis: An Ethic of the Nation, was published by James Clarke/Wipf & Stock in 2014.

He has written on the possibility of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland in the Irish Times, on the Iraq war in the Financial Times, on Scottish independence and on Rhodes, race, and empire in Standpoint magazine, on the ethics of Trident in the Scottish Review, and on the UK’s military action against ‘Islamic State’ in Syria and on Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech in The Times.

He has lectured at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London; the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham; the British Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, Camberwell , the US National Defense University, Washington, DC; the US Military Academy, West Point, New York, and the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, Hamburg.

He has just completed a manuscript entitled, What’s Wrong with Rights?, and is directing a collaborative research project on ‘Ethics and Empire’.

His hobbies include reading history, playing cards, walking around historic cities, and visiting battlefields. In 1973 he drove a Morris Traveller from Scotland to Afghanistan; and in 2015 and 2017 he trekked across the mountains of central Crete in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh-Fermor and his comrades, when they abducted General Kreipe in April-May 1944.

Follow Nigel on Twitter: @NigelBiggar


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