Professor Oliver O'Donovan (PhD DPhil FBA)

Professor Emeritus, Christian Ethics and Practical Theology


Oliver O’Donovan, born in 1945 in London, was Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church at the University of Oxford from 1982 until 2006, before which he taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1972-7) and at Wycliffe College, Toronto (1977-82).

He is a past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics.

Ordained as a priest of the Church of England, he has been an active participant in ecumenical dialogue and has served on the General Synod.

He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000.

He has held distinguished visiting lectureships in the Universities of Durham and Cambridge, the Gregorian University in Rome, Mc Master University in Hamilton, Ontario, St. Patricks College, Maynooth, St. Johns College, Hong Kong, and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

He is the author of The Problem of Self-Love in Saint Augustine (Yale 1979), Begotten or Made? (Oxford University Press, 1984), Resurrection and Moral Order (Eerdmans, 1986), On the Thirty-Nine Articles (Paternoster, 1986), Peace and Certainty (Eerdmans, 1989), The Desire of the Nations (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Common Objects of Love (Eerdmans, 2002) and The Ways of Judgment (2005).

He was married to Joan Lockwood ODonovan in 1978 in Toronto. They have two sons, both musicians.

Jointly he and his wife are the authors of a well-received collection of readings in the history of Christian political thought, From Irenaeus to Grotius: A Sourcebook in Christian Political Thought 100 - 1625 (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1999) and of a volume of essays, Bonds of Imperfection. Christian politics past and present (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2004).



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