Rev. Dr. Craig G. Bartholomew - Director

Rev. Dr. Craig G. Bartholomew is the Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics. Formerly, he was Senior Research Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire and recently the H Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Canada. He is also adjunct faculty at Trinity College, Bristol, and an Anglican priest. His academic background is in Old Testament studies and hermeneutics. He has edited and written many books, most recently (2017) Beyond the Modern Age: An Archeology of Contemporary Culture (co-authored with the Dutch economist Bob Goudzwaard) and Contours of the Kuyperian tradition: A Systematic Introduction.


Dr. Jonathan Chaplin was the first Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, holding the position from 2006 - 2017. He is Member of the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University, and was Visiting Lecturer at the VU University, Amsterdam from 2007-2011. He is a specialist in Christian political thought, and has authored or edited nine books and reports, and many articles, in this field. From 1999-2006 he served as Associate Professor of Political Theory at the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, holding the Dooyeweerd Chair in Social and Political Philosophy from 2004-6. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies (CIRIS) based at Clare College, Senior Fellow of the think-tank Cardus in Hamilton, Ontario, writing regularly for Cardus’s online journal, Comment. He is a consultant researcher for the UK think-tank Theos and has written for Guardian CiF 

Herman Dooyeweerd

Christian Philosopher of State and Civil Society


Co-editor with Gary Wilton, God and the EU: Faith in the European Project (Routledge, 2016).

Co-editor with Colin Bell and Robert White, Living Lightly, Living Faithfully: Religious faiths and the future of sustainability (Faraday Institute/KLICE, 2013).

Herman Dooyeweerd: Christian Philosopher of State and Civil Society (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).

Multiculturalism: A Christian Retrieval (Theos, 2011).

Editor, with Robert Joustra, God and Global Order: The Power of Religion in American Foreign Policy (Baylor University Press, 2010).

Co-editor with Nick Spencer, God and Government (SPCK, 2009).

Talking God: The Legitimacy of Religious Public Reasoning (Theos, 2009).

Co-editor with Craig Bartholomew, Al Wolters, & Robert Song, A Royal Priesthood: Using the Bible Ethically and Politically. A Dialogue with Oliver O’Donovan (Paternoster/Zondervan, 2002). Vol. 3 of ‘Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar’ series.

Co-editor with Paul Marshall, Political Theory and Christian Vision: Essays in Memory of Bernard Zylstra (University Press of America, 1994).

Editor, Politics and the Parties (When Christians Disagree) (Intervarsity Press, 1992).


    Jonathan Chaplin (Director)

    Genevieve Wedgbury
    (Development Officer)

    Colin Bell (Administrator)

Advisory Council


Honorary Research Fellows

    Rev Dr Andrew Goddard

    Prof Oliver O'Donovan

    Prof John Wyatt

    Tom Miller


Research Associates