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I am Senior Lecturer in Theology and Practice at the University of Roehampton. I joined the University in 2018, having previously been Assistant Professor in Theology and Ministry in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University (2017-18) and Tutor in Systematic Theology at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham (2012-17). My studies were undertaken at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge.
I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham (2019-21) and a former Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Theology (2016-20). At Roehampton, I convene the Research Group in Theology, Religion and Practice and co-convene, with Neil Williams, the Early Career Academic Network (ECAN).
- 2008 MA
- 2009 MTh
- 2013 PhD (Cantab.)
- 2019 FHEA
I work in the area of Christian theology. More specifically I am interested in the relation between religious belief and religious practice. What are the things Christians do and in what ways are these things involved in the complicated process of belief-production? And how are these practices themselves shaped and guided by the things Christian believe? I am particularly interested in the way these questions get framed and theorised in modern theology.
In terms of actual religious practices, I am primarily interested in what might be called ‘everyday’ (or nearly everyday) religious practices. I have written on Evensong in Anglican liturgy, the Sabbath as a form of contemplation, the Sabbath as ecological practice, baptism, the saying of the creeds in worship, the idea of giving glory to God, the theological reading of non-biblical books, and more generally and variously theological matters relating to the practice of prayer. There are few things more ordinary than prayer - for all the rich diversity of the Christian tradition, there is one thing that pretty much all Christians do, and that is to pray. I have found prayer to be a useful ‘way in’ to investigating the relation between belief-formation and practice. Alongside the everyday, I am also interested the big issues facing the world; and there is no larger challenge than the environmental crisis. My next major research project revisits classical accounts of the Christian doctrine of creation in relation to climate change - and again I am interested in the small steps, the everyday practices (of prayer) that might help to imagine and shape a better world.
I am the author of Karl Barth on Prayer (Studies in Systematic Theology Series; T&T Clark / Bloomsbury, 2015) and Prayer: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark / Bloomsbury, 2018), and the co-editor of The Grammar of Grace: Readings from the Christian Tradition (Cascade Books, 2019).
Reviews of Karl Barth on Prayer (2015): Religion and Theology, 23.2 (2016); Choice (2016); Theology in Scotland, 23.1 (2016); Expository Times, 28.3 (2016); International Journal of Systematic Theology, 19.2 (2017); Modern Theology, 33.3 (2017); Theologischen Literaturzeitung (2017, Nr. 4); Centre for Karl Barth Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary (December 2017); Journal of Reformed Theology, 11.4 (2018).
Reviews of Prayer: A Guide for the Perplexed (2018): Church of England Newspaper (Sep 2018); The Way, 58.2 (2019); The Reader Magazine (Winter, 2018); Church Times (January 19); Reviews in Religion and Theology, 26.1 (2019); Theology, 122.2 (2019); Regents Review, 10.2 (2019); Anglican Theological Review, 102.2 (2020); Theological Studies, forthcoming (2019); Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion (2019).
I am currently co-editing a volume on Karl Barth's spiritual writings for the Classics of Western Spirituality Series by Paulist Press and nearing the final stages of editing The T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Prayer for Bloomsbury. Both of these volumes should be published in 2021. Next in the pipeline is a study of glory for Baker Academic which I am co-writing with David F. Ford. The longer term project is a monograph on the doctrine of creation, provisionally entitled ‘Contemplating Creation: Christian Doctrine in Practice', which comes at the doctrine of creation via an unusal attention to contemplative practice.
I have co-ordinated a variety of modules accross all levels (FdA, BTh, BA, MA, DTh), including:
- Introduction to Christian Doctrine
- Study Skills for Ministerial Theology*
- Liturgy and Liberty in Worship*
- The Contexts of Ministry 2/3*
- Dissertations and Special Essay coordinator and supervisor*
- Practicing Systematic Theology*
- Publishable Article*.
* For 2019/20.
External Examiner, University of Chester2020 → …
Honorary Research Fellow, The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham2019 → 2024
External Examiner, St Albans Cathedral Study Centre2018 → …
Editorial Group, Grove Books (Doctrine Series)2017 → …
Treasurer, Society for the Study of Theology2016 → 2020
Executive Committee Member, Society for the Study of Theology2013 → 2016
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter