Neil Messer completed his PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, before moving on to theological studies in Cambridge and at King’s College London. A minister of the United reformed Church, he has worked in pastoral ministry, ministerial training and academic posts. Since 2009 he has been at the University of Winchester, where he is Professor of Theology and Head of the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy. His research interests are focused on theological bioethics and the science-theology dialogue. His publications include Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics: Theological and Ethical Reflections on Evolutionary Biology (2007), Respecting Life: Theology and Bioethics (2011), Flourishing: Health, Disease and Bioethics in Theological Perspective (2013), several edited volumes, and numerous academic essays and articles. Recent selected publications


  • Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics: Theological and Ethical Reflections on Evolutionary Biology, London : SCM, 2007.
  • SCM Study Guide to Christian Ethics, London : SCM, 2006.
  • Ed., Theological Issues in Bioethics: An Introduction with Readings, London : DLT, 2002.

Articles, chapters and other publications

  • ‘“Ethics”, “Religious Ethics” and “Christian Ethics”: What Are Scholars For?’, in Theology and Religious Studies: An Exploration of Disciplinary Boundaries, ed. Maya Warrier and Simon Oliver, London : T & T Clark, forthcoming (2008).

  • ‘Medicine, Science and Virtue’, in Future Perfect? God, Medicine and Human Identity, ed. Celia Deane-Drummond and Peter Scott, London : T & T Clark, 2006.
  • ‘Healthcare Resource Allocation and the “Recovery of Virtue”’, Studies in Christian Ethics 18 (2005), 89–108.
  • ‘Professional–Patient Relationships and Informed Consent’, Postgraduate Medical Journal, 80 (2004), 277–283.
  • ‘The Human Genome Project, Health and the “Tyranny of Normality”’, in Brave New World? Theology, Ethics and the Human Genome Project, ed. C. Deane-Drummond, London : T & T Clark, 2003, 91–115.
  • ‘Human Genetics and the Image of the Triune God’, Science and Christian Belief, 13 (2001), 99–111.
  • The Ethics of Human Cloning ( Cambridge : Grove, 2001).





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