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Dr Andrew Davison

Dr Andrew Davison

Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences

Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology Corpus Christi College

Theology and Natural Sciences

Christian Theology and Philosophical Theology

Andrew Davison is accepting applications for PhD students.


Dr Davison is the Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, a position that combines his two long-standing areas of interest. Before he moved into theology he was a scientist and he holds undergraduate degrees and doctorates in both natural science (Merton College, Oxford) and theology (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge). He works at the intersection of theology, science and philosophy, with a particular interest in symbiosis, finitude, emergence and causation, and the relation of the world to God explored in terms of ‘participation’.

Andrew has been the tutor in doctrine at Westcott House, Cambridge (2010-14) and tutor in doctrine at St Stephen's House, Oxford and junior chaplain of Merton College (2006-10). He is a priest of the Church of England and served a curacy in South East London. In 2015 he was made a canon of St Albans Cathedral in the UK:  the first canon philosopher in the Church of England.

Andrew is author of several books, most recently a study of the theology of blessing, entitled Blessing (Canterbury Press, 2014) and a book on the pastoral care of the dying, explored from a theological angle with attention to the medical dimension, written with the physician Sioned Evans: Care for the Dying (also Canterbury Press, and Wipf and Stock in the USA, 2014). His other books are The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians (SCM, 2013) and Why Sacraments? (SPCK, 2013; Wipf and Stock, 2013). His study of mission and the church, with Alison Milbank, For the Parish: A Critique of Fresh Expressions (SCM, 2010) provoked widespread debate as the most significant theological critique of this trend in contemporary Anglican ecclesiology. His edited volume, Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition (SCM, 2011; Baker Academic, 2012) has been taken up, in particular, in the United States. 2016 will see the publication of Participation: An Introduction to Christian Metaphysics (Wipf and Stock).

Andrew is a regular contributor to Church Times and the Times Literary Supplement. He lectures across Europe and the USA and has organised several summer schools, conferences and study days on a wide range of topics, including Christian doctrine, theology and art, apologetics and ecclesiology. 

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:


Corpus Christi College:
Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology

Research Interests

Theological understandings of finitude; symbiosis; form and matter as categories in theology and science; causation; theology, science and participatory metaphysics; divine action and categories of mediation; the theological consequences of exobiology; the pastoral implications of understandings of death and dying; the relation of doctrines within Christian theology.

Research Supervision

I would be happy to receive applications from doctoral students, principally in the field of theology and natural sciences. Feel free to send me an email if you would like to start a conversation.


B12: Theology and the Natural Sciences I

C12: Theology and the Natural Sciences II

D1d: The Doctrine of God (Love and Desire)

MPhil: The Christian God and dissertations on Christian Theology

Supervisions for B8 (Study of Theology I)

Other Professional Activities

Member of the English Anglican - Roman Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue

Member of the Society for the Study of Theology

Member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association

Member of the American Academy of Religion

Key Publications

  • Andrew P Davison, Jonathan A Jones and Ruth M Dixon, 'Separate Quantification by Doubly and Singly 13C-Labeled [sic] Metabolites by HSQC-Filtered J Spectroscopy', Journal of Magnetic Resonance 137, 448-450. (1999).
  • Leanne Roberts, Irshad Ahmed, Steve Hall and Andrew Davison, 'Intercessory Prayer for the Alleviation of Ill-health', Cochrane Review. Issue 2, April 2009. [Medical review paper]
  • For the Parish: A Critique of Fresh Expressions (with Alison Milbank, SCM Press, October 2010)
  • Creative Ideas for Children's Liturgy (Canterbury Press, three volumes) [As theological consultant]
  • Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition (edited volume, SCM Press, March 2011), including the essay ‘Christian Reason and Christian Community’
  • Why Sacraments? (SPCK, 2013)
  • The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to  Philosophy for Theologians (SCM Press, 2013)
  • Associate Editor for Ecclesiology, 9.3, September 2013 [on theological education], including the paper ‘The Ambiguities of Theological Education: Angles on Integration’, Ecclesiology 9.3, November 2013
  • Care for the Dying: A Practical and Pastoral Guide (Canterbury Press, 2014, with the physician Sioned Evans
  • Blessing (Canterbury Press, 2014)


  • Participation: An Introduction to Christian Metaphysics (Wipf and Stock, 2016)

Other Publications

Lift Up Your Hearts [prayer book] (with Andrew Nunn and Toby Wright). London: SPCK, 2010.

Reflections for Daily Prayer, 2012-13. London: Church House Publishing, 2012.

‘Un allargamento del cuore e dello sguardo’ in Emanuela Belloni and Alberto Savorana (eds), Una Certezza per L’Esistenza. Milan: BUR Saggi, 2011.

Reflections for Daily Prayer, 2010-11. London: Church House Publishing, 2010.

‘Theology and the Renewal of the Church’ in Mark Chapman (ed.), The Hope of Things to Come: Anglicanism and the Future. London: Mowbray, 2010.

‘Political Ecclesiologies’ (with John Hughes) Ecclesiology, 9.1 (2013), 106-113.

‘Limite e grandezza dell’uomo’ in Atlantide [quarterly journal of the Fondazione per la Sussidiarietà], 20 (2010).

'La traiettoria della teologia protestante americana: la visione di don Giussani' in Emmanuela Belloni and Alberto Savorana (eds), Ridare Identità All'Uomo. Milan: BUR Saggi, 2011.

‘The Mediating Possibilities of Absence in the Thought of Simone Weil’, Theology, 865, 3-13 (2009).

‘Forgiving Debts: A Theological Perspective from Christianity’. RE Today (September 2009).

Commissioning editor for two series for Canterbury Press: Faith Going Deeper and the Westcott Foundation series

Journalism: features, book review, arts coverage or opinion pieces for The Church Times, The Church of England Newspaper, Theology, Traces and New Blackfriars.

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