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Tutor in Historical Theology
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0121 452 2623
New Building, Room 28
I moved to Birmingham in 2011, previously having always lived in Edinburgh, and have been involved with Queen’s in a variety of roles since then. I have been a tutor since 2014 and currently a member of the Centre of Ministerial Formation. I am passionate about inclusion and equality in HE and I have worked with LEAPS – the University of Edinburgh’s widening access program – in a number of roles over the past few years.
University of Edinburgh
MSc Theology in History
University of Edinburgh
PhD (Historical Theology)
King’s College London
- Roles and responsibilities
At Queen’s, I am presently the Tutor in Historical Theology, teaching a variety of modules in history, ethics and doctrine. I am also convener of the disability planning group – being myself dyslexic, and have responsibilities in the area of complaints and appeals within Queen’s. I am a member of the Centre for Ministerial Formation and work particularly with Anglican ordinands and readers in the Lichfield diocese.
I have designed, taught on, or contributed to a variety of courses including:
- Introduction to Church History
- Introduction to Christian Ethics
- Introduction to Christian Doctrine
- Theology After Modernity
- Theological Reflection
- Christian Faith and Ethical Living
- Using the Bible Today
- The Common Good
- External Roles and Responsibilities
Reviews editors for Crucible: The Journal of Christian Social Ethics
Executive committee member of the Society for the Study of Theology
- Research interests and supervision
Much of my research interests concern the shape and meaning of identity in late antiquity and the early church, heresy and orthodoxy, and the doctrine of providence. In the former I focus on the early patristic period with regard to matters of practice and definition of faith and the understanding of Christian discipline. In the later area I have broad interests but most recently have been working on what it means for God to have a will.
I am a member a member of the Society for the Study of Theology.
I currently advise and supervise students at both masters and doctoral levels, on a variety of matters relating to historical theology and ethics. I would welcome enquiries from those interested in:
- Early Patristics
- The ethics of identity in historical theology
- The doctrine of Providence
- Defining Christianity: Justin against Marcion (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017).
- ‘Jesus as a Superhero?’, Theology Vol 117 No.2 (2014), 100 -106.
- ‘Justin’s Christian Philosophy: New Possibilities for Relations Between Jew, Graeco-Romans and Christians, Studies in Church History series, volume 51 (2015), 14-32.
- ‘Does God have a plan?’ New Blackfriars, Vol 98, No 1073 Jan 2017, 63-72.
- ‘The implications of Samaritanism on shape of Justin’s faith and life’, Studia Patristica XCIII (2017), 141-54.
- Embodying the Good: Introducing James KA Smith’s Cultural Liturgies project (ethics E189. Cambridge, Grove Books, 2018).
- ‘Who are the ‘Christians’?’, Studia Patristica VOL. XCIX (2018), 87-97.
- ‘The Cultural-rootedness of Christian Distinctiveness: James K.A. Smith and Schleiermacher on Theologies of Culture’, Ecclesiology 16 (2020), pp. 99-119
- ‘A bold but difficult step closer to the Kirk’ Church Times, 20th May 2016
- 'Jesus is not the ultimate Superhero’ Church Times, 16th June 2017