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Nigel Biggar

Director and Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology

Professor Biggar holds a B.A. (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Oxford; a Master of Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada; and an M.A. in Religious Studies, and a Ph.D. in Christian Theology, from the University of Chicago.

Among his current research interests are: the ethics of nationalism and empire; the ethics of individual rights and of jurisprudence about them; ‘just war’ reasoning; the principle of double effect and the ethics of killing; the concept of proportionality; the moral vocation of universities; and the relationship between (Christian) religious concepts and moral life.


His publications include:

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

In Defence of War. Oxford University Press, 2013, 2014.

Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics. Eerdmans, 2011.

(co-editor with Linda Hogan) Religious Voices in Public Places. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Aiming to Kill: the Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia. London: Darton, Longman, and Todd, 2004.

(editor) Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2003.

“Right to Fight”, Scottish Review, January 2015 

“Why Christianity benefits secular public discourse, and why, therefore, Anglican bishops should sit in a reformed House of Lords”, Theology, September 2014

“Review Essay: Doug Gay, Honey from the Lion: Christianity and the Ethics of Nationalism”, Scottish Journal of Theology, 67/3 (2014)

“Independence Will Do Nothing for Scots”, Standpoint, May 2014

“Why Religion Deserves a Place in Secular Medicine”, Journal of Medical Ethics, 40/6 (June 2014)

“Individual Rights versus Common Security? Christian Moral Reasoning about Torture”, Studies in Christian Ethics, 27/1 (2014)

“Christian ‘Just War’ Reasoning and Two Cases of Rebellion: Ireland, 1916-21, and Syria, 2011-present”, Ethics and International Affairs, 27/4 (Winter 2013)

Studies in Christian Ethics Special Issue: 'Justice: Rights and Wrongs'

Studies in Christian Ethics Special Issue: 'In Defence of War'

Parliamentary Briefing on Military Intervention in Syria