There are two John Swintons:
1. "John Swinton is Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, and chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen." (from the back cover of Practical Theology and Qualitative Research, 2nd Ed.)
2. John Swinton (1809-1921) was a journalist who was most famous for being the chief editorial writer of the New York Times in the 1860s.