Dr Ashley Cocksworth

Job TitleSenior Lecturer in Theology and Practice
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Staff Page https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/staff/ashley-cocksworth


My current position is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Practice at the University of Roehampton. Previously I was Assistant Professor in Theology and Ministry in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University (2017-18). My first academic position was Tutor in Systematic Theology at the Queen’s where I spent five happy years between 2012-17.

I am the treasurer of the Society for the Study of Theology and a member of the editorial team for the doctrine series published by Grove Books.

PhD2012University of Cambridge (Trinity College)
MTh2009University of Edinburgh
MA (Hons.)2008University of Edinburgh
Research Interests
Broadly speaking, my primary research area is systematic theology. More specifically, I am interested in the relationship between Christian doctrine and spiritual practice. Following my doctoral work, I have retained an interest in the life and work of Karl Barth. This includes putting together a volume on his spiritual writings for the Classics in Western Spirituality Series by Paulist Press. Other research commitments include co-editing The T&T Clark Companion to Christian Prayer, co-authoring a book on glorification with my doctoral supervisor David F. Ford, investigating in a couple of journal articles how systematic theology is understood and practiced in the context of Anglican theology, and planning my next major research project which seeks to develop a contemplative doctrine of creation. Alongside these writing projects, I am involved in the ‘God and Study Skills’ project at Queen’s – a collaborative project funded by a Common Awards Seed Corn grant.

  • Karl Barth on Prayer T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology (26) (London; New York: T&T Clark, hbk 2015; pbk 2018).
  • Prayer: A Guide for the Perplexed (London; New York: T&T Clark / Bloomsbury, 2018).
  • The Grammar of Grace: Readings from the Christian Tradition, co-ediors: Kent Eilers and Anna Silvas (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019).

Journal articles and chapters

  • ‘The Dark Knight and the evilness of evil’ in The Expository Times 120.11 (2009): 541-43.
  • ‘Attending to the Sabbath: an alternative direction in Karl Barth’s theology of prayer’ in International Journal of Systematic Theology 13.3 (2011): 251-71.
  • ‘Being moved in sundry places: evensong, transformation and the theology of prayer’ in Theology 115.5 (2012): 350-56.
  • ‘Prayer’ in Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life, eds. Kent Eilers and Kyle Strobel (New York and London: T&T Clark / Continuum, 2014): 187-201.
  • ‘Revisiting Karl Barth’s doctrine of baptism from a perspective on prayer’ in Scottish Journal of Theology 68.3 (2015), pp. 255-72.
  • ‘Soborny spirituality: spirit and spirituality in Berdyaev and Barth’ in Correlating Sobornost: Conversations Between Karl Barth and Russian Orthodox Theology, eds John C. McDowell, Ashley Moyse and Scott Kirkland (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2016): 213-40.
  • ‘Prayer’ in T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, ed. Adam Johnson (New York; London: T&T Clark / Continuum, 2017): 701-06.
  • ‘The creeds’ in T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, ed. Adam Johnson (New York; London: T&T Clark / Continuum, 2017): 447-50.
  • ‘Sabbatical contemplation? Retrieving a strand in Reformed theology’ in Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming a Christian Spiritual Practice, ed. Kyle Strobel and John H. Coe (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019): 74-94.
  • ‘Modernity and Postmodernity’ in The Grammar of Grace: Readings for the Christian Life, ed. Kent Eilers, Ashley Cocksworth, and Anna Silvas (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019): in press.
  • ‘The “God intoxicated” theology of David F. Ford’ in Twentieth-Century Anglican Theologians, ed. James Tengatenga, Stephen Burns and Bryan Cones (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2019): in press.
  • ‘Theorizing the (Anglican) lex orandi: a theological account’ in Modern Theology (2019): in press.
  • ‘Why Barth needs Merton’ in To be Human in this Most Inhuman of Ages, ed. Gary Hall and Detlev Cuntz (Münsterschwarzach: Vier-Türme-Verlag, 2019): in press.


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