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Alexander D. Garton


Alexander D. Garton is a doctoral candidate in Systematic Theology, researching the application of Philosophy of Time to delineate the relationship between Christology and the Doctrine of the Trinity.  Specifically, he applies theories of time and eternity as a hermeneutical key to develop notions of God's eternal orientation to Incarnation and the Cross as explicated in Barth's Doctrine of Election, and hence to explore the principle of eternalizing Christ's act in God with ontological significance.

Alexander took a first in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge (Theological Studies Prize; College Scholarship) in 2014, subsequently conducting research at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, as an exchange student for the academic year 2014-15.  He obtained a distinction in his MPhil in 2016 at the University of Cambridge, the thesis for which was entitled 'The Concept of Time in John’s Gospel Vis-À-Vis the Figure of Jesus, and its Implications for the Theological Understanding of God’s Relationship to History'.

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

The Relationship between Christology and the Doctrine of the Trinity vis-à-vis the Philosophy of Time


St John's College:
Doctoral Candidate, 2016-

Research Interests

  • Time and Eternity
  • The Doctrine of the Trinity
  • Christology
  • Theological exegesis of Scripture
  • St. John's Gospel, particularly its temporal metaphysics.

Other Professional Activities

Alexander has worked as a professional translator of theological academic texts from German into English, employed both privately and by the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.

Key Publications

Book Reviews

Allen, P. L., Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark, 2012) in Modern Believing 56.3 (pp. 357-358).

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Feb 27, 2017

School students demonstrated their passion for the subject in creative and sensitive films for the 2016 Cambridge Religion on Film Competition.

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Feb 24, 2017

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