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Professor Janet Soskice

Professor Janet Soskice

Professor of Philosophical Theology

Fellow, Jesus College


Office Phone: 01223 763025

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:
  • Religious language and Naming God
  • Science and religion, especially in relation to Creation
  • Form and content in theological writing
  • The symbolics of gender
  • Christian origins and the metaphysics of scripture
Philosophy of Religion specialists:
  • Religious language and Naming God
  • Science and religion, especially in relation to Creation
  • Form and content in theological writing
  • The symbolics of gender
  • Christian origins and the metaphysics of scripture
Religious Studies specialists:
  • Religious language and Naming God
  • Science and religion, especially in relation to Creation
  • Form and content in theological writing
  • The symbolics of gender
  • Christian origins and the metaphysics of scripture

Research Interests

  • Religious language and ‘Naming God’
  • Science and religion, especially in relation to Creation
  • Form and content in theological writing
  • The symbolics of gender
  • Christian origins and the metaphysics of scripture

Teaching

  • M.Phil. in Christian Theology
  • Study of Theology: Augustine and Schleiermacher
  • God and Creation in three traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Key Publications

Professor Soskice is the author of Metaphor and Religious Language (O.U.P. 1984); The Kindness of God (O.U.P. 2007) and has edited (with Grant Gillett and K.W. Fulford), Of Medicine and Moral Reasoning (C.U.P. 1994); with Diana Lipton, Feminism and Theology, Oxford Readings in Feminism (O.U.P. 2003) and with Carlo Cogliati, David Burrell, and W. Stoeger, Creation and the God of Abraham (Cambridge 2010), a collection which examines the doctrine of creation from nothing in Jewish, Christian and Muslim thought.

Her recent Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Lost Gospels (London: Chatto and New York: Knopf, 2009) was Book of the Week on Radio 4, in the Best Books of the Year lists of the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and the Library Journal. She takes an animated interest in questions of genre and form in theological writing and was a member of the Writers’ Workshop for Theologians, leadby Marilynne Robinson, at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton in 2010, and in 2011 was a judge of the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing. Professor Soskice is a Patron of the Westminster College Appeal, a Trustee of the Tablet and an Honorary Fellow of Blackfriars, Oxford.

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