• Prophecy, Grove Books, 1977
  • The Values of Science, Grove Books, 1980
  • Tasks for the Church in the Marriage Debate, Latimer House, 1979
  • The Moral Teaching of the Apostle Paul, Christian Theology Trust, 1991
  • The Ethics of the Johannine Literature, Christian Theology Trust, 1993
  • Life and Death, Oxford University Press, 1985


  • To Have and To Hold:  the Marriage Covenant and the Disciple of Divorce, Collins and Eerdmans, 1979
  • Homosexuals in the Christian Fellowship, Latimer House and Eerdmans, 1979
  • The Message of Ruth, IVP, 1983
  • The Message of Genesis 1 – 11, IVP, 1990
  • The Message of Job, IVP, 1991
  • The Message of Proverbs, IVP, 1996
  • Peace in Our Time? (on nuclear deterrence) IVP and Eerdmans, 1985
  • Pastoral Ethics (text book), 1989, revised SPCK, 1994
  • Counselling in Context (with Francis Bridger), Harper Collins 1994, re-issued DLT 1998
  • edited with David Field: New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology IVP, 1995
  • Jesus, Lamb of God, SPCK, 1996
  • God So Loved the World (towards an missionary theology), SPCK, 1999
  • Renewing the Face of the Earth: theological and pastoral responses to climate change, Canterbury Press, 2008
  • The Church’s Healing Ministry, Canterbury Press, 2011
  • Hope Rediscovered: biblical wisdom for an anxious world, Ekklesia Publishing, 2018; Wipf and Stock, Eugene Oregon, 2019.
  • The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ, Wipf and Stock, 2020
  • A Light for the Pathway: exploring the Psalms, Wipf and Stock, 2021

Chapters in

  • Baxter, ed. Stepping Stones, Hodder, 1987
  • G.W.Kurht, ed. Doctrine Matters, Hodder, 1993
  • J.R.W.Stott, ed. Free to be Different, The London Lectures in Contemporary Christianity, 1984.
  • A Fergusson  Health: the strength to be human,  CMF/IVP, 1993
  • R.T.France and A.E.McGrath, Evangelical Anglicans, SPCK, 1993
  • John Goldingay ed. Atonement Today, SPCK, 1995
  • Terry Brown ed. Other Voices, Other Worlds, DLT, 2006

Numerous reviews

Articles in:

  • Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
  • Evangelical Dictionary of Ethics
  • Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought


David has written various papers in chemical journals, numerous articles and reviews as well as the following recent papers:

  1. Papers on the environment and climate change

Climate and Gospel

Ethical investments in relation to climate change

Power point presentation:  Climate and Gospel

Talk on climate change   for Diocese of  Bath and Wells

The ‘Ash Wednesday Declaration‘ by Operation Noah Theology Group

The Theatre of God’s glory‘ a paper for the Society of Ordained Scientists

A response to the Global Warming Policy Foundation paper on the Papal Enclyclical ‘Laudato Si’

The science of climate change

Hope Rediscovered:  climate change and gospel. A lecture for Norwich Theological Society March 2019

Christian Ethics and Climate Change  Crucible April 2019

Green Christian Magazine: article on ‘Hope Rediscovered.’ Summer 2019

‘Now Parliament must take action on climate change’: article for Church of England Newspaper 16 January 2020

Paper for CEN April 2020 on ‘The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ’

Talk for Rural North West Kent Churches Together July 2020: ‘Climate and Gospel’:

Paper for John Ray Initiatve Newsletter October 2020, COP 26

2.   Papers on human relationships, marriage, sexuality

Why Christians Disagree’

Begging to Differ’ – an article for Third Way magazine December 1995.

A talk on “Fatherhood” in the Bible

The C/E and Homosexuality;  a chapter in Terry Brown ed. Other Voices, Other Worlds

Reflections on marriage with reference to Emil Brunner 2014

Paul’s concern for women in Timothy’s churches

A response to the letter from Evangelical Bishops to LLF Oct 2018

3.  Some papers on health / counselling / healing

Articles in Anvil

Foreword for book on Friendship

Abused and in need of apology

‘What difference does the Cross make to life?’  (chapter in J.Goldingay ed. Atonement Today, SPCK, 1995).

Redemptive Justice? on the conversation between survivors of church-related abuse and the Church of England.

4.  Some papers on science, psychology, politics and religion

Abraham Kuyper: an appreciation.

The Quest for Truth and Freedom (Part 1) – Polanyian reflections

The Quest for Truth and Freedom (Part 2) – Polanyian reflections

Foreword for Derek Osborne‘s book ‘Rain to my Roots: a Pastor among the Psychologists’ White Tree, 2015.

Church Times article on Polanyi

Article on Richard Dawkins and ‘The God Delusion’ for Church Times

A Response to Paul Mason’s Clear, Bright Future.

5.  Miscellaneous

Comments on Sam Harris ‘Moral Landscape’

Paper on stewardship

The ethics of nuclear deterrence

J.I.Packer – a personal thank-you

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