Oliver O’Donovan, born in 1945 in London, was Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church at the University of Oxford from 1982 until 2006, before which he taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1972-7) and at Wycliffe College, Toronto (1977-82).
He is a past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics.
He is the author of The Problem of Self-Love in Saint Augustine (Yale 1979), Begotten or Made? (Oxford University Press, 1984), Resurrection and Moral Order (Eerdmans, 1986), On the Thirty-Nine Articles (Paternoster, 1986), Peace and Certainty (Eerdmans, 1989), The Desire of the Nations (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Common Objects of Love (Eerdmans, 2002), and The Ways of Judgment (2005). Most recently, O’Donovan has completed a three-volume series published by Eerdmans entitled Ethics as Theology, which includes the titles Self, World, and Time: Ethics as Theology, vol.1 (2013); Finding and Seeking, vol. 2 (2014); and Entering into Rest (2017).
He was married to Joan Lockwood O’Donovan in 1978 in Toronto. They have two sons, both musicians.
Jointly he and his wife are the authors of a well-received collection of readings in the history of Christian political thought, From Irenaeus to Grotius: A Sourcebook in Christian Political Thought 100 - 1625 (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1999) and of a volume of essays, Bonds of Imperfection. Christian Politics Past and Present (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2004).