Professor Nigel Biggar


BA Modern History, University of Oxford (1976); MA in Religious Studies, University of Chicago (1980); Master of Christian Studies, Regent College (1981); PhD in Christian Theology, University of Chicago; Chaplain & Fellow, Oriel College, Oxford (1990-99); Professor of Theology & Ethics, University of Leeds (1999-2004); Professor of Theology & Ethics, Trinity College Dublin (2004-7). Retired September 2022.

Research Area(s):

Christian and Religious Ethics

Research Interests:

Ethics of empire, nationality, rights, war, assisted suicide & euthanasia, forgiveness & reconciliation; the role of religion in the public life of liberal societies; the bearing of theology on moral life.

Research Centres & Projects:

I founded the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at the University of Oxford. 


Twitter: @NigelBiggar

McDonald Centre


Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning (2023);

What’s Wrong with Rights? (Oxford, 2020);

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

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); (ed.)

Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict (Georgetown UP, 2003);

(co-ed. with Rufus Black) The Revival of Natural Law: Philosophical, Theological and Ethical Responses to the Finnis-Grisez School (Ashgate, 2000). 

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