Annual Report 2018

This document contains details of the McDonald Centre's activities and achievements over the 2017/2018 academic year. 


Annual Report 2017

This document contains details of the McDonald Centre's activities and achievements over the 2016/2017 academic year. 


Annual Report 2016

This document contains details of the McDonald Centre's activities and achievements over the 2015/2016 academic year. 


Studies in Christian Ethics Special Issue: 'New Conversations in Islamic and Christian Political Thought'

The May 2016 issue of Studies in Christian Ethics features contributions to a project undertaken focusing on the ‘pre-modern’ or ‘long’ traditions of political thought in Islam and Christianity.


The Muslim World Special Issue: 'New Conversations in Islamic and Christian Political Thought'

The April 2016 issue of The Muslim World contains a selection of proceedings from a conference on Christian and Islamic political theology organised at the University of Cambridge in May 2014 by Prof Joshua Hordern and Dr Afifi al-Akiti.  


The Intolerable God: Kant's Theological Journey

The thought of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is often regarded as having caused a crisis for theology and religion because it sets the limits of knowledge to what can be derived from experience. In The Intolerable God, Christopher Insole challenges that assumption and argues that Kant believed in God but struggled intensely with theological questions.


Annual Report 2015

This document sets out the main activities of the McDonald Centre over the 2014/2015 academic year.  


Why Religion Deserves a Place in Secular Medicine

As a science and practice transcending metaphysical and ethical disagreements, ‘secular’ medicine should not exist. ‘Secularity’ should be understood in an Augustinian sense, not a secularist one: not as a space that is universally rational because it is religion-free, but as a forum for the negotiation of rival reasonings.


Parliamentary Briefing on Military Intervention in Syria

On November 30, the McDonald Centre distributed a parliamentary briefing by Nigel Biggar to a number of MPs in advance of the anticipated vote by the House of Commons on whether or not Britain should participate in military action against ISIL in Syria.


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

A Special Issue of Studies in Christian Ethics gathers together contributions to the 2014 McDonald Centre conference on Nigel's Biggar's In Defence of War.  It also features a set of responses from the author.   


God, the Good, and Utilitarianism: Perspectives on Peter Singer

Is ethics about happiness? Aristotle thought so and for centuries Christians agreed, until utilitarianism raised worries about where this would lead. In this volume, Peter Singer, leading utilitarian philosopher and controversial defender of infanticide and euthanasia, addresses this question in conversation with Christian ethicists and secular utilitarians.


Between Kin and Cosmopolis: An Ethic of the Nation

The nation-state is here to stay. Thirty years ago it was fashionable to predict its imminent demise, but the sudden break-up of the Soviet Union in the 1990s unshackled long-repressed nationalisms and generated a host of new states.


Annual Report 2014

The attached report features activities undertaken by the Centre over the 2013/2014 academic year. 


In Defence of War

Pacifism is popular. Many hold that war is unnecessary, since peaceful means of resolving conflict are always available, if only we had the will to look for them. Or they believe that war is wicked, essentially involving hatred of the enemy and carelessness of human life.


Five-Year Review

This document contains a summary review of the McDonald Centre's activities from 2008 to 2013.  


Annual Report 2013

The attached document sets out the main activities of the Centre over the 2012/2013 academic year. 


Four-Year Review

The attached report describes the development of the McDonald Centre's activities from 2008 to 2012.  


The Pretenses of Loyalty: Locke, Liberal Theory, and American Political Theology

In the face of ongoing religious conflicts and unending culture wars, what are we to make of liberalism's promise that it alone can arbitrate between church and state? In this wide-ranging study, John Perry examines the roots of our thinking on religion and politics, placing the early-modern founders of liberalism in conversation with today's theologians and political philosophers. 


Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics

Too often, says Nigel Biggar, contemporary Christian ethics poses a false choice -- either "conservative" theological integrity or "liberal" secular consensus. Behaving in Public explains both why and how Christians should resist these polar options.


Studies in Christian Ethics Special Issue: 'Is Forgiveness Moral?'

While South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is widely regarded as a model of political ‘reconciliation’, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s introduction into it of Christian notions of forgiveness is the subject of heated debate. What appears as Christian common sense to some, looks like a short-changing of justice to others.


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

The leading journal Studies in Christian Ethics released a Special Issue on the subject of the 2009 McDonald Conference on Nicholas Wolterstorff's ground-breaking book, Justice: Rights and Wrongs (Princeton, 2008).



Religious Voices in Public Places

Must religious voices keep quiet in public places?  Does fairness in a plural society require it?  Must the expression of religious belief be so authoritarian as to threaten civil peace?  Do we need translation into 'secular' language, or should we try to manage polyglot conversation?  How neutral is 'secular' language?  Is a religious argument necessarily unreasonable?


Aiming to Kill: The Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia

Controversy about the morality of euthanasia and assisted suicide and their legalisation has been running for over a generation, and it shows no sign of flagging. The main arguments for and against are widely familiar, yet the horizon yields no sign of any approaching resolution.