Talks online

At DITA10, the 10th-anniversary celebration of Duke’s Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (September 2019), Malcolm Guite and I gave a joint plenary talk on Creation and New Creation in J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

The talk is now available to listen to at the DITA10 website.

I’ve also done some interviews on theology and the arts with Closer to Truth, which are available on their YouTube channel.


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.

Reading R.M. Rilke & T.S. Eliot Theologically and Philosophically

In March 2019, Thomas Pfau (Duke) and I convened a four-day colloquium gathering a small group of theologians, philosophers, literary scholars and poets to read R.M. Rilke’s Duino Elegies and T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets together and discuss their theological and philosophical dimensions.


Left to right: Kevin Hart (Virginia), David Wellbery (Chicago), Malcolm Guite (Cambridge), Judith Wolfe (St Andrews), Rowan Williams (Cambridge), Thomas Pfau (Duke). Not pictured: Christoph Schwöbel (St Andrews), Gavin Hopps (St Andrews)


Just out…

A number of new articles and talks have recently been published online:

‘The Eschatological Turn in German Philosophy’Modern Theology 35, no 1 (January 2019),

‘The Philosophy of Hope’, panel discussion with Melvyn Bragg (host), Beatrice Han-Pile, and Robert Stern, on In Our Time, BBC Radio 4,

‘Religious Aspects of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks’, podcast of a lecture given in Lund, Sweden, as part of a colloquium entitled Heidegger and Theology – After the Black Notebooks

‘Martin Heidegger and Catholicism: The Unexpected Enemy in the Black Notebooks’, a brief piece for The Tablet, now re-posted on The Roundel, the blog of Systematic & Historical Theology at St Andrews.

The author-accepted manuscript of another article, entitled ‘The End of Images: Towards a Phenomenology of Eschatological Expectation’, to be published in 2019 in a book entitled Image as Theology, will be available shortly in the University of St Andrews’ research repository, PURE.