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Meet the researcher

Greg Marcar completed his PhD in theology and law at the University of Otago. He also holds an MA in philosophy and theology (University of St. Andrews) and an LLM degree (University of Law). Previously, Greg has been involved in several non-profit organisations, including the Red Cross, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, International Bridges to Justice, Liberty, and the Innocence Project New Zealand.

From 2019-2020, Greg will be a Non-resident Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Law and Religious Studies (BYU Law).

Project description

This project aims to explore the ways in which theology can interface with concrete ethical issues. In particular, conceptions of love and identity within public practices and institutions are examined, together with how these conceptions map on to those of Christian faith. In previous doctoral research, this took the form of looking at how U.S. capital punishment is predicated upon particular beliefs about human nature which contrast with those implied by Christian moral theology.

Current and future offshoots of the project will look at other forms of punishment within the criminal justice system, as well as topics as diverse as human dignity, religious freedom, state security and the killing of non-human animals.

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