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Nationality  British

Name  Michael Northcott
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Born  May 13, 1955Expression error: Unrecognized word "may". (1955-05-13) Kent, England
Notable work  The Environment and Christian Ethics ; An Angel Directs the Storm; A Moral Climate
Books  Moral Climate, The environment and Chris, A Political Theology of Climat, An angel directs the storm, Life After Debt: Christiani

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Michael Northcott (born 1955) is Professor of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is best known for his contributions to environmental theology and ethics.


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Michael Northcott was born and brought up in Kent, England to James and Betty Northcott, attended schools in Beckenham, Kent and Cranbrook, Kent. He was married in 1977 to Jill Benz, with whom he has two daughters and a son.

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He holds a B. A. in Theology and an M.A. in Systematic Theology from the University of Durham where he attended St Chad's College. He was ordained to the diaconate of the Church of England, after attending Cranmer Hall, Durham in 1981, and to the priesthood in 1982. He received a Ph.D. from the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) and Sunderland Polytechnic (now Sunderland University) in 1982 for a thesis on new patterns of Ministry in the Northeast of England; his advisor was David E. Jenkins. He served as an Anglican curate in St Clements. Chorlton-cum-Hardy from 1981-84.

He began his academic career as a research assistant in Sunderland Polytechnic from 1977-1980. He was appointed lecturer in Practical theology at the Seminari Theologi Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur in 1984 and as Associate Professor in the South East Asia Graduate School of Theology in 1986. He Joined the University of Edinburgh in 1989 as lecturer in Christian ethics and Practical theology; he became a full professor there in 2007. He has supervised thirty doctoral students at Edinburgh.

He has been visiting professor at Dartmouth College (1997 and 2011), Claremont School of Theology (2002), the Nicholas School of Earth Sciences, Duke University (2005), Flinders University Adelaide (2008), and the University of Malaya (2008).

He writes regularly in the Church Times and is a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church where he has served as Associate Priest at Old Saint Paul's, Edinburgh and St James, Leith

Current research projects

Northcott’s research deals with the relationship between ethics, ecology and religion. He is currently working on four research projects: place, ecology and the sacred, climate change and christian ethics, religion and ecology in southeast asia, and the morality of making: work, technology and Christian ethics. He leads a large AHRC grant on faith-based ecological activism in the UK entitled 'Caring for the Furture Through Ancestral Time: He is a co-investigator on the Human-Business at Edinburgh Initiative investigating the ethical implications of current modes of representing economic value:


  • 'A Survey of the Rise of Charismatic Christianity in Malaysia', Asia Journal of Theology, 4/1 (1990), pp. 266–78
  • 'Christian-Muslim Relations in West Malaysia', The Muslim World 81/1 (January 1991), pp. 48 – 7
  • 'Preston and Hauerwas on Centesimus Annus: Reflections On the Incommensurability of the Liberal and Post-Liberal Mind', Theology 96, no. 769 (1993), pp. 27 – 35
  • 'From Environmental U-topianism to Parochial Ecology: Communities of Place and the Politics of Sustainability, Ecotheology, 7, (2000)
  • '"An Angel Directs the Storm": The Religious Politics of American Neoconservatism' Political Theology (April 2004), pp. 137 – 158.
  • 'The Parable of the Talents and the Economy of the Gift', Theology, (June 2004), pp. 241–249
  • 'The Market, the Multitude and Metaphysics: Ronald Prestons Middle Way and the Theological Critique of Economic Reason', Studies in Christian Ethics (September, 2004)
  • 'Wilderness, Religion, and Ecological Restoration in the Scottish Highlands', Ecotheology (January, 2005)
  • 'Concept Art, Clones and Co-Creators: The Theology of Making' Modern Theology (April, 2005)
  • Book chapters

  • 'Two Hundred Years of Anglican Mission in West Malaysia', in Lee Kam Hing, W. John Roxborogh and Robert Hunt, (eds.), Christianity in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Pelanduk, 1992
  • 'Identity and Decline in the Kirk', in Seeing Scotland: Seeing Christ? Edinburgh: Centre for Theology and Public Issues, 1993
  • 'A Place of Our Own', and 'Children', in Peter Sedgwick (ed.), God in the City. London: Mowbray, 1995
  • 'Sociological Approaches to the Study of Religion', in Peter Connolly (ed.) Approaches to the Study of Religion. London: Cassell, 1998
  • 'Christian Futures, Postmodernity and the State of Britain', in Ursula King (ed.), Faith and Praxis in a Postmodern World. London: Cassell, 1998
  • 'Natural Law and Environmental Ethics', in Nigel Biggar (ed.), The Revival of Natural Law: The Finnes and Grisez School. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000
  • 'Sabbaths Shamans and Superquarrying on a Scottish Island: Religio-Cultural Resistance to Development in a Contested Landscape' 17-34 in Fred P. Gale and R. Michael MGonigle (eds.), Nature, Production, Power: Towards an Ecological Political Economy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2000)
  • 'God and Human Cloning', in Russell Stannard (ed.), God for the 21st Century (Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation, 2000)
  • 'Pastoral Theology and Social Science' in James Woodward and Stephen Pattison (eds.), A Reader in Practical Theology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000)
  • 'Ecology and Christian Ethics' in Robin Gill (ed.) Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
  • 'The Declaration and the Spirit of Environmentalism' in R. J. Berry (ed.), The Care of Creation (Leicester: Intervarsity Press, 2000)
  • '"Behold I have set the land before you" (Deut 1.8): Christian Ethics, GM Foods, and the Culture of Modern Farming', pp. 85 – 106 in Celia Deane-Drummond, Bronislaw Szerszynski with Robin Grove-White (eds.) Reordering Nature: Theology, Society and the New Genetics (London: T and T Clark, 2003)
  • 'Being Silent: Time in the Spirit' in The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics edited by Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells (Blackwell, 2003)
  • 'The Word in Time and Space' in Peter J. Francis (ed.) Faithfulness in the City (Hawarden: St Deiniols Library, 2003)
  • 'Salmon and Sacraments: Farmed Salmon and Christian Practice' in W. Storrar and A. Morton (eds.) Public Theology Today (London: T. and T. Clark, 2004)
  • Donald and Ann Bruce (eds.), Engineering Genesis: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering. London: Earthscan, 1999
  • Other publications

  • 'The Case Study Method in Theological Education', Contact, 103/3 (1990), pp. 26–32
  • 'Research Methods in Practical Theology', Contact 106 (1991), pp. 24 – 33
  • 'New Age Rites: The Recovery of Ritual', The Way 33/3 (1993), pp. 189 – 198
  • 'New World Order or New World Enemies? Christianity and the Other in the Post-Cold War World', New Blackfriars 74/872 (1993), pp. 319 – 327
  • 'Do Dolphins Carry the Cross? Biological Moral Realism and Theological Ethics', New Blackfriars, (December 2003)
  • References

    Michael Northcott Wikipedia

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