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Dr Philip McCosker

Dr Philip McCosker

Research Associate to the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity

Affiliated Lecturer

Office Phone: 01223 767901


Dr Philip McCosker took a first in Theology at Oxford. After working as a lay-chaplain at the University of Rouen in France he was awarded a MTS in Systematic Theology from Harvard Divinity School.

He went on to do his PhD thesis on models of paradoxicality in mystical christologies at the Faculty of Divinity in Cambridge under Denys Turner, completing much of the research while a Visiting Assistant in Research at the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University.

Until 2012 he was Deputy Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford. He is currently completing Christ the Paradox: Reconceiving Ressourcement Theology and co-editing (with Denys Turner) The Cambridge Companion to the Summa Theologiae.

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:
Philosophy of Religion specialists:
  • varieties of apophaticism
  • christology
  • the doctrine of God
  • theological epistemology
  • intersections of theory and practise in Christian spiritualities


St Edmund's College:
Research Associate, Von Hügel Institute
Magdalene College:
Director of Studies
Murray Edwards College:
Director of Studies

Research Interests

  • varieties of apophaticism;
  • christology;
  • the doctrine of God;
  • theological epistemology; and
  • intersections of theory and practise in Christian spiritualities.

Other Professional Activities

  • Editor of the journal Reviews in Religion and Theology published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Key Publications

Forthcoming books

  • Christ the Paradox: Expandinging Ressourcement Theology 
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Summa Theologiae (co-edited with Denys Turner) 

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Sep 23, 2016

The Rev Dr Jesse Zink has been awarded the Audrey Richards Prize by the African Studies Association of the UK for his dissertation, “Christianity and Catastrophe: Sudan’s Civil Wars and Religious Change among the Dinka.” The prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in African studies examined in the UK in 2014 or 2015.

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Aug 11, 2016

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