Theological Ethics

               [Postgraduate students and staff on the annual Theological Ethics hike]

Theological Ethics at the University of Aberdeen draws upon a rich tradition of Christian moral thought for understanding and engaging contemporary issues and debates. On the one hand, this involves carefully attending to core concepts such as love, freedom, justice, discipleship and sanctification, and attending to the work of major theologians in the tradition on their own terms, including such thinkers as Augustine, Luther, Hamann, Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer and Hauerwas. On the other hand, the work of Theological Ethics entails engaging a range of contemporary debates, including issues in bioethics, social ethics, political ethics, environmental ethics, and others. Please also see information on Bonhoeffer studies at Aberdeen.

The Theological Ethics team at the University of Aberdeen co-operate closely with colleagues in the two related subject areas Systematic and Practical Theology, as well as having a sympathetic relationship to a range of other disciplines in the wider university.

Supervision is offered in all areas of theological ethics. In particular expertise is available in the following areas:

Dr Brian Brock

Staff Profile for Dr Brian Brock

  • Augustine, Martin Luther, Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans Ulrich.
  • Scripture, Creation, Moral Reasoning and Tradition.
  • Technology, Theology and Disability, Medical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Ethics and Economics.

Dr Michael Mawson

Staff Profile for Dr Michael Mawson

  • Immanuel Kant, G.W.F Hegel, Søren Kierkegaard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Howard Yoder and John Milbank.
  • Community, Sin, Christ, Formation and Responsibility.
  • Social Ethics, Theology and Disability, and Bioethics, War and Peace.


Overview of the PhD