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Alan Richardson Fellowship

The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University has named me its Alan Richardson Fellow 2020-21.

The Alan Richardson Fellowship is endowed ‘to promote research into the exposition and defence of Christian doctrine within the context of contemporary thought and its challenges’. It is awarded annually.

I will be on research leave from St Andrews during the Martinmas Semester 2020/21, and will visit Durham regularly during that time, while continuing to lead New Directions in Philosophical Theology and supervise PhD students in St Andrews.

I am grateful to Professor Chris Insole and the department for this opportunity, and look forward very much to working with them.

New Directions in Philosophical Theology

I have received a £174,000 ($230,000) grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to lead a two-year research project entitled ‘New Directions in Philosophical Theology’.

The aim of the project is to lay the groundwork for a field-shaping programme of research in philosophical theology, defined as a theology resourced by methods and insights from within systematic theology and continental philosophy. It plans to do so (a) by building relationships with theological centres and outstanding individual researchers that already engage continental philosophy constructively for theological advancement, and (b) by formulating a shared understanding of the tasks and questions that should be prioritized over the subsequent c. five years in the field of philosophical theology.

The project will be based here at St Andrews, and draw on the School of Divinity’s rich expertise in systematic theology and continental philosophy, as well as its flourishing work in the neighbouring field of analytic theology.

If you are with an institution that works in the area outlined above, and would like to be involved, please get in touch with me.

The University of St Andrews is now hiring a two-year research fellow to work with this project. Please consider or pass on the advertisement to potential candidates.