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Professor David Clough
Professor of Theological Ethics and Head of Department
My teaching and research focus on theological ethics: the ethical questions provoked by the juxtaposition of the Christian tradition and the world as we find it. Previously, I have worked on Karl Barth’s ethics and Christian pacifism; currently my central concern is the place of animals in Christian theology and ethics.
MA (Cantab.), MSt (Oxon.), PhD (Yale)
After completing doctoral studies in the US, I moved to Durham as FD Maurice Postdoctoral Fellow in Christian Ethics at St Chad’s College, Durham, and then taught systematic theology and ethics at St. John’s College. I am an active member of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics http://www.ssce.org.uk (Hon. Secretary 2004-7), the Society for the Study of Theology http://www.theologysociety.org.uk] (where I convene the Theological Ethics seminar) and the Animals and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion http://papers.aarweb.org/content/animals-and-religion-group.
I am a Methodist Local Preacher, a member of the UK Methodist Church Faith and Order Network and the Methodist Joint Advisory Committee on the Ethics of Investment http://www.methodist.org.uk/mission/public-issues/ethical-investment, and have served on national ecumenical working groups on the ethics of modern warfare http://www.methodist.org.uk/mission/public-issues/peacemaking/peacemaking-a-christian-vocation and the theology of climate change www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/hope-in-gods-future/.
I have been Head of Theology and Religious Studies at Chester since 2011.
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PhD and DProf Supervision
I welcome enquiries for research at doctoral level in any of my research areas listed above or from students wishing to explore other areas within Systematic Theology and Theological Ethics
|2009||British Academy Overseas Conference Grant of £500 to present a paper at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion, Montreal.|
HEFCE Promising Researcher Fellowship of £25,000 to facilitate an eight-month research leave to write the monograph On Animals: Theologyin collaboration with the Department of Theology, Exeter University
Grant of £2000 from the HEA Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies for a project training doctoral students in skills in reading theological texts.
|2008||The Farm Forward Grant for Excellence in Research and Teaching of $1000 (US Organization promoting welfare of farm animals).|
|1999||F.D. Maurice Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, St. Chad’s College, Durham (salaried three-year position)|
|1994–9||Full fellowship covering fees and maintenance to study for a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Yale University.|
|1994||British Academy fellowship to pursue D.Phil. studies on Karl Barth’s Ethics at St. Cross College, Oxford (Yale offer pursued in preference).|
|1992–3||British Academy funding to study for an M.St. in Christian Political Thought at St. Cross College, Oxford.|
Full-text book chapters and articles are available via my research page in Chester’s Open Access repository http://chesterrep.openrepository.com/cdr/researcher?action=viewResearcherPage&researcherId=5281
|2013||co-edited with Celia Deane-Drummond and Becky Artinian-Kaiser, Animals as Religious Subjects: Transdisciplinary Perspectives (London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury)|
|2012||On Animals: Volume 1 – Systematic Theology (London: T&T Clark/Continuum)|
|2009||co-edited with Celia Deane-Drummond Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans and Other Animals (London: SCM, 2009)|
|2007||with Prof. Brian Stiltner, Faith and Force: A Christian Debate about War (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press)|
|2005||Ethics in Crisis: Interpreting Barth’s Ethics, Barth Studies Series (Aldershot: Ashgate).|
Other Select Publications
|2013||‘Not a Not-Animal: The Vocation to be a Human Animal Creature’, Studies in Christian Ethics 26:1 (2013), 4–17.|
|2012||What’s the Point of Animals?’ in A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals, Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker (eds), (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012), 114–23.|
‘The Problem with Human Equality: Towards a Non-Exclusive Account of the Moral Value of Creatures in the Company of Martha Nussbaum’ in Transforming Exclusion: Engaging Faith Perspectives, Hannah Bacon, Wayne Morris and Steve Knowles (eds), (London: T&T Clark, 2011), 83–94.
|with Michael Leyden, ‘Claiming Barth for Ethics: The Last Two Decades’, Ecclesiology, 6:2 (2010), 166–182.|
|‘Interpreting human life by looking the other way: Bonhoeffer on human beings and other animals’ in Bonhoeffer and the Biosicences: An Initial Exploration, Ralf K. Wüstenberg, Stefan Heuser and Esther Hornung (eds), (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010), 51–74.|
|2009||‘On the Relevance of Jesus Christ for Christian Judgements About the Legitimacy of Violence — a Modest Proposal’, Studies in Christian Ethics 22:2 (2009), 199–210|
|with Richard Higginson and Michael Parsons, ‘Usury, Investment and the Sub-Prime Sector’, Association of Christian Economists Discussion Papers 001–003 (2009), ISSN 0956-3067), 1–23.|
|‘All God's Creatures: Reading Genesis on Human and Non-human Animals’ in Stephen Barton and David Wilkinson (eds), Reading Genesis after Darwin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 145-162.|
|with Celia Deane-Drummond, ‘Introduction’, ‘Postscript in Creaturely Theology, coedited with Celia Deane-Drummond, 1–18, 266–9.|
|‘The Anxiety of the Human Animal: Luther on Non-human Animals and Human Animality’, in Creaturely Theology, coedited with Celia Deane-Drummond, 41–60.|