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Jonathan Lyonhart

Jonathan Lyonhart

Early Modern Philosophy

Philosophies of Space and Time

Cambridge Platonism

Film Studies


Jonathan Lyonhart is a writer, philosopher and minister. After spending five years working as a full-time pastor of a Chinese immigrant community in Vancouver, Jonathan moved to the UK to begin doctoral work at the University of Cambridge. His PhD is in Philosophy of Religion, focusing on Early Modern philosophies of space, particularly in More, Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza and Berkeley. He and his wife Madison live in Cambridge together with their twin boys, Søren and Augustine.

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

Early Modern Philosophy, particularly questions of space and substance in More, Descartes or Spinoza.

Other Professional Activities


  • “Heidegger and Aquinas on the location of Truth.”(Trust and Truth: AHRC International Interdisciplinary Conference, Sept.18-20, 2019, Peterhouse College, Cambridge)

  • Organizer,co-Founder and Introductory Speaker: “New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference.” Feat. John Milbank, Rowan Williams, David Bentley Hart, Graham Ward, Catherine Pickstock, Judith Wolfe, Cyril O’Regan, Emmanuel Falque, Connor Cunningham, et al.(University of Cambridge, Sept 13-15, 2019)

  • “Ralph Cudworth and John Locke on the source of Reason and Morality.” (Lehrstuhl für Religionsphilosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie, May 10-11, 2019, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)

  • “Wrangling about Innate Ideas? Reflections upon Locke and Cudworth.” (British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference, April 24, 2019, King’s College London)

  • Response to Christian Hengstermann’s“Holiness and Love — Divine Sensation and Agency in Ralph Cudworth’s Early Sermons,”(‘Ralph Cudworth at the Crossroads of Modernity', conference co-sponsored by the British Academy, March 11, 2019, Emmanuel College, Cambridge)

  • “Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion.”(November 9, 2018, University of Cambridge, Outreach at Mill Hill, UK)

  • “Cudworth on Atoms, Motion and Nothingness.” (October 20, 2018, Beierwaltes Seminar, Claire College, Cambridge, UK)

  • “What is Philosophy of Religion?”(August 15, 2018, University of Cambridge, UK) 

  • “Re-evaluating the Cosmological Argument.”(July 26, 2018, University of Cambridge, UK) 

  • “God is dead? Surveying the Status of God in Recent Philosophy.”(March 29th2018, Hewett Academy, Norwich, UK) 

  • Response to Gavin Hyman’s “Between Hegel and Wittgenstein: Reflections in the Wake of Gillian Rose and Rowan Williams,” (The D Society, February 2, 2018, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge)

  • “Is Duns Scotus responsible for Onto-Theology, Immanence and Nihilism?” (March 2017, Academic Symposium, Regent College, Canada)

  • “Modern Identity and the Resurrection.”(April 17, 2014, The Annual Gathering of Mennonite Brethren, Vancouver, Canada)

  • “Environmentalism and Theology.”(April 2011, Upper Room Outreach, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, USA)

  • “The Assumptions of Reason.”(March 2011, Upper Room Outreach, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, USA)

  • “υἱοθεσίαν in Ephesians 1.”(March 24, 2011, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, USA)

  • “Can the Cosmological Argument survive Quantum Mechanics?”(January 2010, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, USA)


Key Publications

  • MonoThreeism (Burnaby, BC: ShatterBooks Pub., Expected 2021). A full-length book, written in Socratic dialogue, debating freedom, God and the origin of the universe.

  • Mr. Death and the Two Twins. (Burnaby, BC: ShatterBooks Pub. Forthcoming) A playful reflection upon mortality. 

  • Isha (Burnaby, BC: ShatterBooks Pub., Expected 2020). A full-length novel reflecting upon Freud’s critique of religion.

  • 3rd Corinthians, Republished (Cambridge, UK: Noesis Review, November 2018).

  • The Dunce of Modernity: Is Duns Scotus responsible for Onto-Theology, Immanence and Nihilism? (Vancouver, BC: Regent College Academic Symposium Journal, March 2017).

  • 3rd Corinthians (Vancouver, BC:Et Cetera, Winter Issue 9, March 14th, 2017).

  • The Mirrored Hall (Burnaby, BC: ShatterBooks Pub., April 2017). A collection of short stories about paradox and cognitive dissonance in modernity. Available on Amazon (


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