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Matthew W. Fell

Biography:

I am a part time PhD Candidate working under the supervision of Dr Andrew Davison. My doctoral thesis is titled “The Confession of the Universe: Augustine & Aquinas on the relationship between the intelligibility of nature, mind, & the origins of human nature.” The project seeks, through an attentive and creative reading of Augustine and Aquinas, to close the gap between scientific and theological accounts of human origins, with a particular focus on the relationship between human intelligence and the intelligibility of the natural world. The project traces the connections between key themes in Augustine’s and Aquinas’ works (Augustine’s account of number in De musica, the concept of the rationes seminales in De Genesi ad litteram, and Aquinas’ appropriation of these ideas in book two of the Summa Contra Gentiles and Super librum de causis exposition), highlighting some of the under explored implications of these ideas, and bringing them into conversation with scientific topics and themes related to the extended evolutionary synthesis.

I have a MA with distinction in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the University of Nottingham (2018). During my MA I worked under Aaron Riches, Conor Cunningham and Simeon Zahl on projects that considered questions such as: the constituting relation between Christology and Christian metaphysics; how Pneumatology might inform theological reflections upon language; and the relevance of Thomas Aquinas for the current debate concerning the evolutionary origins of language. My doctorate work will build upon these projects and I intend to revise and publish some of them in the next year.

I also have a MA with distinction in Post-Colonial Studies from the University of Kent (2009). My undergraduate studies were in History and English and American Literature.

I am undertaking my PhD part time. For the rest of my working life I am the course director of a church internship program that serves a network of churches across Europe.

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

The Confession of the Universe Augustine & Aquinas on the relationship between the intelligibility of nature, mind, & the origins of human nature.

Research Interests

Augustine of Hippo
Thomas Aquinas
The doctrine of creation and evolutionary theory
Pneumatology
Philosophy of language
Christian formation
The history and beliefs of Charismatic Christianity

Teaching

I am an affiliated lecturer with Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where I have taught Topics in Christian Theology, a second year module on the Common Awards BA in Theology, Ministry, and Mission, validated by the University of Durham. Lent term, 2020.

Other Professional Activities

Research assistent to Dr. Simeon Zahl, May 2019 to the present.

Panel chair for the Metaphysics session at the New Trinitarian Ontologies conference, Cambridge, September 2019

Noesis Seminar, March 2019, presenting a paper titled 'We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life ... and Language?'  (University of Cambridge)

Collaborators

Other Publications

Book Reviews:

"Agents and Goal in Evolution", Theology, Philosophy, and the Sciences (2020) [forthcoming]

“Signs in the Dust: A Theory of Natural Culture and Cultural Nature”,
Scottish Journal of Theology (2019) [forthcoming]

 “Essence in the Age of Evolution: A New Theory of Natural Kinds”,
Theology and Science (2019) [forthcoming]

 “The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul: Learning and the evolution of consciousness”, Theology and Science (2019) [forthcoming]

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