Among his publications are 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); Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict (Georgetown UP, 2003), and Cities of Gods: Faith, Politics, & Pluralism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Greenwood, 1986). His most recent book, Between Kin and Cosmopolis: An Ethic of the Nation, was published by James Clarke/Wipf & Stock in 2014.
He has written on the possibility of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland in the Irish Times, on the Iraq war in the Financial Times, on Scottish independence and on Rhodes, race, and empire in Standpoint magazine, on the ethics of Trident in The Scottish Review, and on the UK’s military action against ‘Islamic State’ in Syria and on Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech in The Times.
He has lectured at the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr at Hamburg.
He has just completed a manuscript entitled, What’s Wrong with Rights?, and is directing a collaborative research project on “Ethics and Empire”.
His hobbies include reading history, playing cards, walking around historic cities, and visiting battlefields. In 1973 he drove a Morris Traveller from Scotland to Afghanistan; and in 2015 and 2017 he trekked across the mountains of central Crete in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh-Fermor and his comrades, when they abducted General Kreipe in April-May 1944.
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