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    Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics.Nigel Biggar - 2011 - W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co..
    Integrity, not distinctiveness -- Tense consensus -- Which public? -- Can a theological argument behave? -- So, what is the church good for? -- Conclusion: the via media: a Barthian Thomism.
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    Christian Just War Reasoning and Two Cases of Rebellion: Ireland 1916–1921 and Syria 2011–Present.Nigel Biggar - 2013 - Ethics and International Affairs 27 (4):393-400.
    The contemporary West is biased in favor of rebellion. This is attributable in the first place to the dominance of liberal political philosophy, according to which it is the power of the state that always poses the greatest threat to human well-being. But it is also because of consequent anti-imperialism, according to which any nationalist rebellion against imperial power is assumed to be its own justification. Autonomy, whether of the individual or of the nation, is reckoned to be the value (...)
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  3. Aiming to Kill: The Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia.Nigel Biggar - 2004 - Pilgrim Press.
    1. The traditional position and the pressures for change. The Western legal tradition -- The Christian ethical hinterland -- The exceptional value of human life -- The justification of taking human life -- Suicide -- Christian ethics, assisted suicide, and voluntary euthanasia -- The cultural pressures for change -- 2. The value of human life -- 3. The morality of acts of killing -- 4. Slippery slopes.
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  4. In Defence of War.Nigel Biggar - 2015 - New Blackfriars 96 (1062):192-205.
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    Forgiving Enemies in Ireland.Nigel Biggar - 2008 - Journal of Religious Ethics 36 (4):559-579.
    The Peace Process in Northern Ireland is about to reach another milestone: the Consultative Group on the Past is due to publish a report in the autumn of 2008 on "the best way to deal with the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland" and to support the building of "a shared future." It is timely therefore to think again—and further—about what political expression forgiveness might find, using the concrete case of Northern Ireland today as grist for our conceptual mill. (...)
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    Saving the "Secular": The Public Vocation of Moral Theology.Nigel Biggar - 2009 - Journal of Religious Ethics 37 (1):159-178.
    The London suicide bombings of July 7, 2005 were partly the revolt of moral earnestness against a liberal society that, enchanted by the fantasy of rationalist anthropology, surrenders its passionate members to a degrading consumerism. The "humane" liberalism variously espoused by Jürgen Habermas, John Rawls, and Jeffrey Stout offers a dignifying alternative; but it is fragile, and each of its proponents looks for allies among certain kinds of religious believer. Stanley Hauerwas, however, counsels Christians against cooperation. On the one hand, (...)
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  7. Aiming to Kill: The Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia.Nigel Biggar, Arthur Dyck, Neil M. Gorsuch & John Keown - 2007 - Journal of Religious Ethics 35 (3):527-555.
    During the past four decades, the Netherlands played a leading role in the debate about euthanasia and assisted suicide. Despite the claim that other countries would soon follow the Dutch legalization of euthanasia, only Belgium and the American state of Oregon did. In many countries, intense discussions took place. This article discusses some major contributions to the discussion about euthanasia and assisted suicide as written by Nigel Biggar, Arthur J. Dyck, Neil M. Gorsuch, and John Keown. They share a concern (...)
     
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  8. Not Translation, but Conversation: Theology in Public Debate About Euthanasia.Nigel Biggar - 2009 - In Nigel Biggar & Linda Hogan (eds.), Religious Voices in Public Places. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Religious Voices in Public Places.Nigel Biggar & Linda Hogan (eds.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    Drawing on political philosophy and theology, theory and practice, this essay collection tackles the complex questions arising from the interface of religion and public life. Includes critical analyses of theorists Rawls, Stout and Habermas, and discussion of key issues such as religious education and human rights.
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    Compromise: What Makes It Bad?Nigel Biggar - 2018 - Studies in Christian Ethics 31 (1):34-48.
    This article considers what makes a compromise bad. First, it defines a compromise as a decision involving a loss of good, which should therefore be accompanied by ‘agent-regret’. Regret, however, is not moral guilt. Pace proponents of ‘dirty hands’, a morally right compromise cannot retain elements of moral wrongness. Second, the article proceeds to elaborate the features of bad compromise further in terms of common moral sense: the preference of less rather than more of a single good; the preference of (...)
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    Melting the Icepacks of Enmity: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland.Nigel Biggar - 2011 - Studies in Christian Ethics 24 (2):199-209.
    The virtue of forgiveness is controversial. Christianity’s affirmation of it is unusually pronounced. Nevertheless, common experience teaches that self-preservation requires the moderation of resentment; and Christian anthropology, self-reflection and history teach that compassion for perpetrators requires it too. This inner, psychological work of forgiveness is unilateral and unconditional, and I call it ‘forgiveness as compassion’. Some of the work of forgiveness is relational, however, and this should be reciprocal and conditional, refusing to open the door to reconciliation before repentance is (...)
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    Evolutionary Biology, 'Enlightened' Anthropological Narratives, and Social Morality: A View From Christian Ethics.Nigel Biggar - 2013 - Studies in Christian Ethics 26 (2):152-157.
    The natural evolution of ethics is commonly understood in terms of the development from the selfish struggle to survive, via prudent cooperation, to altruism. However, cooperation that is prudent in the sense of serving basically selfish interests is not really altruistic. Besides, Christian ethics should not identify morality with absolutely disinterested altruism. Self-interest is only selfish when it is disproportionate or unfair; otherwise it is morally legitimate. Therefore the natural evolution of ethics is better understood as the gradual diversification of (...)
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    Peace and Justice: A Limited Reconciliation. [REVIEW]Nigel Biggar - 2002 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 5 (2):167-179.
    This paper aims to relax the tension between the political requirements of making peace and the moral demands of doing justice, in light of the peace processes in South Africa and Northern Ireland. It begins by arguing that criminal justice should be reconceived as consisting primarily in the vindication of victims, both direct and indirect. This is not to deny the retributive punishment of perpetrators any role at all, only to insist that it be largely subservient to the goal of (...)
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    In Response.Nigel Biggar - 2015 - Studies in Christian Ethics 28 (3):328-342.
    The author of In Defence of War responds to each commentator in turn, discussing the following issues, among others: the Christian specification of just war, its punitive form, the virtue of callousness, love for the enemy, the intention to kill, proportionality, empire, international law, human fatedness, and the First World War.
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    A Case for Casuistry in the Church.Nigel Biggar - 1989 - Modern Theology 6 (1):29-51.
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    Just War and International Law: A Response to Mary Ellen O’Connell.Nigel Biggar - 2015 - Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 35 (2):53-62.
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    Religion's Place at the Table of ‘Secular’ Medical Ethics: A Response to the Commentaries.Nigel Biggar - 2015 - Journal of Medical Ethics 41 (11):873-874.
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    In Defence of War.Nigel Biggar - 2013 - Oxford University Press.
    Against the domination of moral deliberation by rights-talk In Defence of War asserts that belligerency can be morally justified, even while it is tragic and morally flawed. Recovering the early Christian tradition of just war thinking, Nigel Biggar argues in favour of aggressive war in punishment of grave injustice.
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  19. In Defence of War.Nigel Biggar - 2014 - Oxford University Press.
    Against the domination of moral deliberation by rights-talk In Defence of War asserts that belligerency can be morally justified, even while it is tragic and morally flawed. Recovering the early Christian tradition of just war thinking, Nigel Biggar argues in favour of aggressive war in punishment of grave injustice.
     
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    The Hastening That Waits: Karl Barth's Ethics.Nigel Biggar - 1993 - Oxford University Press.
    This book offers a fresh and up-to-date account of the ethical thought of Karl Barth, one of the twentieth century's greatest theologians. In it, the author seeks to recover Barth's ethics from some widespread misunderstandings, and also presents a picture of it as a whole. Drawing on recently published sources, Biggar construes the ethics of the Church Dogmatics as it might have been had Barth lived to complete it. However, The Hastening that Waits is more than apology and description. For (...)
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  21. The Value of Limited Loyalty : Christianity, the Nation, and Territorial Boundaries.Nigel Biggar - 2007 - In John Aloysius Coleman (ed.), Christian Political Ethics. Princeton University Press.
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