Researcher page: David Clough

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About the researcher: David Clough

Title: Professor of Theological Ethics

Department: Theology and Religious Studies

Field: Theological Ethics

Location: University of Chester, Chester CH1 4BJ

Phone: 01244 511044


Fax: 01244 392779

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Research interests:

My current research is on the theological place of animals: human and non-human. My latest book_On Animals I: Systematic Theology_ (T & T Clark, 2012) sets out a structured account of where animals (human and non-human) belong in Christian doctrine. The second volume of the monograph will be _On Animals II: Theological Ethics_. My previous book, _Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans and Animals_ (SCM, 2009), co-edited with Celia Deane-Drummond, explored a range of aspects of what it might mean to take animals seriously in theological thinking.

Teaching interests:

My passion for theology is focussed at the interface of theological ethics and systematic theology, and I try to infect others with this enthusiasm through my research and teaching. I supervise Ph. D. projects in theological ethics and systematic theology, and especially welcome those that work at the borders between the two.

- folder: Research

- folder: Animals

All God's Creatures: Reading Genesis on Human and Nonhuman Animals

book chapter from Barton & Wilkinson (eds), _Reading Genesis after Darwin_ (2009)

Angels, beasts, machines, and men: Configuring the human and nonhuman in Judaeo-Christian tradition

book chapter from Muers and Grumett (eds), _Eating and Believing_ (2008)

Consuming Animal Creatures: The Christian Ethics of Eating Animals

How to respect other animals: lessons for theology from Peter Singer, and vice versa

Interpreting human life by looking the other way: Bonhoeffer on human beings and other animals

book chapter from Wüstenberg et al. (eds.), _Bonhoeffer and the Biosciences_ (2010)

Introduction to _Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans and Other Animals_

book chapter co-authored with Celia Deane-Drummond (2009)

On Thinking Theologically about Animals: A Response

On animals: Systematic theology: Volume one

Playing chicken: Theology, economics, politics and ethics in the campaign for better conditions for poultry

Sunday sequence interview on BBC Radio Ulster

The Anxiety of the Human Animal: Martin Luther on Non-human Animals and Human Animality

book chapter from _Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans and Animals_ (2009)

The problem with human equality: Towards a non-exclusive account of the moral value of creatures in the company of Martha Nussbaum

book chapter from Bacon et al. (eds.), _Transforming Exclusion_ (2011)


dictionary article from the New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (2006)

Why do some people eat meat?

journal article from the _Epworth Review_ (2005)

- folder: Internet

Unweaving the Web: Beginning to think theologically about the Internet

text of Grove Booklet (2002)

- folder: Karl Barth

Claiming Barth for ethics: The last two decades

journal article from _Ecclesiology_ (2010)

Eros and agape in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics

journal article from _International Journal of Systematic Theology_ (2000)

Ethics in crisis: Interpreting Barth's ethics

Fighting at the command of God: Reassessing the borderline case in Karl Barth’s account of war in the Church dogmatics

book chapter from McDowell & Higton (eds), _Conversing with Barth_ (2004)

Introduction to _Ethics in Crisis: Interpreting Barth's Ethics_

book chapter from 2005 monograph

Karl Barth on Religious and Irreligious Idolatry

book chapter from Barton (ed.), _Idolatry: False worship in the Bible, Early Judaism and Christianity_ (2007)

Video: Introduction to Karl Barth's theology

part of the St. John's College, Nottingham, theological timeline project

- folder: Methodism

Theology through Social and Political Action

book chapter from Marsh et al. (eds), _Unmasking Methodist Theology_ (2004)

- folder: War and peace

Faith and force: A Christian debate about war

Introduction to Faith and Force

book chapter co-authored with Brian Stiltner from _Faith and Force: A Christian Debate about War_ (2007)

On the Importance of a Drawn Sword: Christian Thinking about Preemptive War—and Its Modern Outworking

journal article from the _Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics_, co-authored with Brian Stiltner (2007)

On the Relevance of Jesus Christ for Christian Judgements about the Legitimacy of Violence — A Modest Proposal

journal article from _Studies in Christian Ethics_ (2007)

Understanding Pacifisms: A Typology

book chapter from Heuser & Ulrich (eds), _Political Practices and International Order_ (2007)