11th Annual European Compliance & Ethics Institute

Stepping in for a friend, I’ll be speaking at the 11th Annual European Compliance & Ethics Institute on 20th March 2023 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. My session, entitled ‘Ethics in the workplace’ will: The session will feature plenty of peer-learning (the attendees will be the real experts in the room!), mixed in with ethical insights fromContinue reading “11th Annual European Compliance & Ethics Institute”

Church Autonomy and the Corpus Mysticum Tradition

By Edward A. David McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow in Christian Ethics and Public Life, University of Oxford 24 February 2023. A short paper for the Centre for Theology, Law, and Culture at Pusey House, Oxford Churches can be forgiven for describing themselves, like any other civil society organization, as “voluntary.” This Lockean portrayal, after all, dominatesContinue reading “Church Autonomy and the Corpus Mysticum Tradition”

Religious Liberty and Corporate Metaphysics

By Edward A. David McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow in Christian Ethics and Public Life, University of Oxford 23 February 2023, Recollection Lecture, Pusey House, Oxford  Introduction Thank you to the Centre for Theology, Law, and Culture for the kind invitation to speak today, ahead of a symposium dedicated to the topic of corporate persons. The aimContinue reading “Religious Liberty and Corporate Metaphysics”

Church, State, and Virtue in Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo (2020)

To curb the spread of COVID-19, houses of worship in the State of New York were legally required to limit attendance at religious ceremonies. Two religious communities—the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and the Orthodox Jewish organization, Agudath Israel of America—asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. This article provides a theological interpretation of theContinue reading “Church, State, and Virtue in Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo (2020)”

New Year, New Projects

This year, 2023, marks a decade of living and learning in the United Kingdom — first as a postgraduate student, now as a postdoctoral research fellow. Here’s a preview of what’s ahead. Publications are on my mind as I enter the first full term in the McDonald post. My essay on the shrewd steward (LkContinue reading “New Year, New Projects”

Modelling Virtue in Finance

As part of my postdoctoral work, I research moral exemplars — or role models — within UK financial services firms. Many will doubt that finance has good role models at all, given a long history of corporate scandals and an array of bad behaviour in the sector. But, as my colleagues and I have seenContinue reading “Modelling Virtue in Finance”

Year In Review 21/22

In Oxford, the new academic year has begun. And so, a brief overview of the previous year, an update on current goings-on, and a reflection are due. Here’s the executive summary: Overview: I taught, wrote, and published. I was hot on the conference circuit — visiting Helsinki, Bologna, Seattle, Cambridge, and Seville. Update: I’m theContinue reading “Year In Review 21/22”

Should We Admire the Shrewd Steward (Luke 16:1-9)?

Moral exemplarism and Christian ethics The following paper was given at the 2022 annual conference of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics. You can download the full text of the paper through the button below. The paper will be published in the journal Theology in Spring/Summer 2023. Positive role models, or moral exemplars,Continue reading “Should We Admire the Shrewd Steward (Luke 16:1-9)?”

An Ethics Model of the Firm

Beyond MacIntyre’s practice–institution framework This conference paper was prepared for the 2022 Annual Conference of the Society for Business Ethics. It was written in response to peer review of the original submission. You can download the full text of the conference paper below. Introduction Business ethics is a broad church. In its pews sit familiarContinue reading “An Ethics Model of the Firm”

Dissertation Prize 2022: Academy of Catholic Theology

During the 2022 annual conference of the Academy of Catholic Theology, my DPhil thesis on corporate religious liberty received an honourable mention for the Academy’s Dissertation Prize, awarded to early career academics. We are pleased to announce that Prof. Rachel Coleman won the ACT Dissertation Prize, and Fr. Joseph Van House, O.Cist., and Dr. EdwardContinue reading “Dissertation Prize 2022: Academy of Catholic Theology”