Nicola lectures in systematic theology at Laidlaw College and Graduate School in Auckland New Zealand. She studied pure and applied mathematics at Victoria University in Wellington (BA hons), and taught mathematics at tertiary level for many years while studying theology in the USA. She studied some biology in Australia, and theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary and Drew University, New Jersey (MATS & Ph.D). She co-authored (with C. Pohl) Living on the Boundaries: Evangelical Women, Feminism and the Theological Academy (IVP 2005).
As well as feminism Nicola has a long standing interest in evolutionary theory, God’s presence in the natural world, animal theology, the theology of healing and the problem of evil, and she has written a number of papers in these areas in Zygon, Colloquium, Pacifica and the Global Spiral. Her article on “The Salvation of Creatures” will be published in a book on Salvation, ed. Ivor Davidson (Ashgate, 2010).
She was a participant in the 2003-2005 Templeton Oxford Seminars in Science and Christian Faith, and is a Fellow of the Centre for Animal Ethics in Oxford. She chairs a Local Society Initiative in theology and the natural sciences (TANSA), and for the last nine years has written a column on science and faith issues for the NZ Journal Stimulus. She is currently writing a book, Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil for Macmillan. Nicola is also interested in ecotheological issues and is a member of the Diocesan Climate Change Action Group in the Anglican Diocese of Auckland and a trustee of the fledgling Arocha movement in New Zealand. With Tim Meadowcroft Nicola is co-editor of Colloquium, the Australian and New Zealand Theological Review.
Science and Religion Publications:
2004 "Theology is Enhanced by an Evolutionary Understanding of the World," in A Seamless Web: Science and Faith. Edited by Graeme Finlay, Auckland, NZ: Telos Publications.
2001 “Intelligence or Design,” in Science & Christianity, Festschrift for Harold Turner & John Morton, April 21, 2001. Edited by L. R. B. Mann, Auckland: Auckland Centre for Continuing Education: 49-68.
Other Publications include:
2005 with Christine Pohl, Evangelicalism and Feminism: Living on the Boundary Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2005.
2003 with Charles L. Creegan, "Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard: Dialogue on Ecclesiology," in Understanding Schleiermacher: From Translation to Interpretation. A Festschrift in Honor of Terrence Nelson Tice. Edited by Ruth Drucilla Richardson & Edwina Lawler, Lewiston / Queenston / Lampeter: Edwin Mellen,: 455-489.
1995 “Schleiermacher as Apologist: Reclaiming the Father of Modern Theology,” in Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World. Edited by Dennis Okholm, Downers Grove, IL:IVP: 59-74.