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Faculty of Divinity

Trinitarian Theology
Philosophy of Religion
Early Modern Philosophy and Physics
Philosophy of Space and Time
Cambridge Platonism
Phenomenology of Religion
Religion and Film


Jonathan Lyonhart is a philosopher, theologian, author, and ordained 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 (Viva passed October 2020). He and his wife Madison live in Cambridge together with their twin boys, Søren and Augustine.


Key publications: 


  • MonoThreeism (Cascade Books, Wipf & Stock, 2021, Accepted and In press). A dialogical monograph on metaphysics and Trinitarian theology.  


  • ‘Rethinking Truth: Assessing Heidegger’s Critique of Aquinas in light of Vallicella’s critique of Heidegger, New Blackfriars vol. 101 (May 2020). 
  • ‘Being and Time-less Faith: Juxtaposing Heideggerian Anxiety and Religious Experience’, Open Theology 6, no. 1 (January 2020): 15-26.
  • ‘The Monstrous Other and the Biblical Narrative of Ruth’, Journal of Religion and Film 24, no.2 (Accepted, forthcoming October 2020). With Jennifer Matheny.
  • ‘Heidegger for the Perplexed’, Crux: A Quarterly Journal of Christian Thought and Opinion, vol. 56 (Accepted, forthcoming Fall 2020). 


  • “Alternative History and Eschatological Justice,” in Ethics and Religion in Contemporary Speculative Fiction. Ed. Sarah Gallant and Jennifer Matheny. (Fortress Press Academic/Lexington Books, 2021, Accepted; In press). 
  • “The Defeat of Death: The Philosophy of Death in Mainstream Cinema.” in The Infinity Saga and Philosophy. Ed. Heather Rivera. (OpenCourt Pub., 2020)
  • “Thanos is no Abraham: A Kierkegaardian Analysis of Ethics” in The Infinity Saga and Philosophy. Ed. Heather Rivera. (OpenCourt Pub., 2020)
  • “The Modern Manichaeans: Binaries of Light and Dark in Contemporary Culture” In Theology and the Star Wars Universe. Ed. Ben Espinoza. (Fortress Press Academic/Lexington Books, 2020, Accepted: In press)


  • New Trinitarian Ontologies (Forthcoming, 2021). 
  • Noesis: Journal of Theology, Philosophy, and Poetics Vol 7 (Graduate Society for the Study of Philosophical Theology and Systematics, Cambridge, UK: Forthcoming 2020). 
  • The Mirrored Hall (Burnaby, BC: ShatterBooks Pub., April 2017). 


  • Sean Carroll, Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime (Boston, MA: Dutton, 2019). Review in Public Understanding of Science Vol 29 (Forthcoming 2020).
  • Ron Cowen, Gravity's Century: From Einstein's Eclipse to Images of Black Holes (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019). Review in Physics in Perspective Vol 22 (Forthcoming 2020). 
  • Brian Greene, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe (New York, Knopf, 2020). Review in Theology and Science Vol 18 (Forthcoming 2020).
  • Jim Al-Khalili, The World According to Physics (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020). Review in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith Vol 69 (Forthcoming 2020).
  • Alister McGrathA Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God (Illinois: Tyndale, 2019). Review in Science and Christian Belief Vol 32 (2) (Forthcoming October 2020). 


  • ‘Wittgenstein on Divine Hiddenness’, Noesis Review Vol 7 (Graduate Society for the Study of Philosophical Theology and Systematics, Cambridge, UK: Forthcoming September 2020).
  • ‘3rd Corinthians’, Noesis Review Vol 5 (Graduate Society for the Study of Philosophical Theology and Systematics, Cambridge, UK: November 2018).
  • ‘3rd Corinthians’, Et Cetera Issue 9 (Regent College Student Association, BC: March 2017)
  • Interview by Regent Web (June 2019regarding the New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference I co-founded at Cambridge. Available here

Teaching and Supervisions


Links to Sample Lectures:

University of Cambridge, Regular Guest Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion (2017-2020)

  • Sample Feedback: 
    • “Many were quite simply stunned at the quality… [he left us] in stunned silence.”
    • “Absolutely brilliant speaker - knowledgeable (which one would expect) but also excellent delivery and very engaged with the audience - very impressed.”
    • “Jonathan was simply marvellous… I cannot speak highly enough of him. It was an utter privilege to have heard him speak.”

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge

  • History of Early Modern Science (2020. Online)
  • Religion, Science, and Contemporary Culture (2020. Online
  • Mind and Matter (2020)
  • Sample Feedback: 
    • “Really enjoyed being taught by him… a testament to that is the fact that I still remember most of it.” 
    • “Very engaging.”
    • “Great use of analogies. Succeeded in breaking complicated ideas down into their easily-digestible constituent parts. Loved the use of diagrams and visual tools as well.”
    • “Dr Lyonhart was very kind and created a friendly learning environment where I was not afraid to voice my opinion.”

University of Cambridge, Department of Philosophy, Teaching Supervisor

  • Course: Metaphysics (2020-2021. Online)
  • Course: Early Modern Philosophy (2020-2021. Online)
  • Course: Philosophy of Science II (2020-2021. Online)

Public Programs (3-9 Month courses I taught for the public), BC Mennonite Brethren

  • Course: Religion and Film (2016-2017)
  • Course: Theology of the Old Testament (2016-2017)
  • Course: History of Western Thought (2015-2016)
  • Course: Apologetics (2016)
  • Course: The Book of James (2016) 
  • Course: World Religions (2015)
  • Course: Psalms (2015) 
  • Course: Theology of Gender and Sexuality (2014)
  • Course: The Gospel of Luke (2013-2014)
  • Course: Philippians (2012-2013) 
  • Sample Feedback: 
    • “He’s the best teacher I’ve ever had.”
    • “The moment I heard him speak I knew I’d need to hear him speak again.”
    • “Jonathan put a lot more effort into his job than the teachers I’ve had in the past and teachers I currently have. He went above and beyond what was required of him to make sure that his students grow as people.”
    • “I would say that he is by far the best teacher I've had so far. He is engaging, friendly, and very helpful.”
    • “I have never met a teacher that is as passionate and dedicated as Jonathan.”
    • “He’s extremely creative, integrating visual aids (props, etc.), multimedia, and so on… It makes it hard to ever get bored!”
    • “He made history really fun.”
    • “He is intellectual without showing up as obnoxious or unapproachable.”
    • “…has the professionality of a university professor, with the passion of an elementary school teacher.”
    • “Jonathan was always really encouraging of different opinions. He was extremely patient and caring, which made everyone feel safe to express their beliefs or their concerns.” 

Regent College

  • Course: Augustine (2013). Teaching Assistant. 

Regent College

  • Helped teach and oversee the graduate writing program, tutoring masters students (2011-2012)

Ozark Christian College

  • Course: Religion and Science (2009-2010). Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer.
  • Sample Feedback:
    • “I was most impressed with his preparation and content. Mr. Lyonhart was a tremendous benefit [to us].” 

Teaching Courses and Seminars Attended

  • Supervisor Training – University of Cambridge – Department of Philosophy – 2019
  • Leadership and Sexual Ethics – Mennonite Brethren of British Columbia – 2016
  • Annual Leadership Seminar – Mennonite Brethren Chinese Churches Assoc. – 2013-2016
  • Curriculum Planning – Ozark Christian College – 2011
  • Leadership, Team Building, & People Development – Ozark Christian College – 2011
  • Graduate Tutor Training – Regent College – 2011
  • Advanced Biblical Communication – Ozark Christian College – 2011
  • Strategies for Teaching – Ozark Christian College – 2010
  • Expository Preaching – Ozark Christian College – 2009
  • Self-Disclosure in Teaching and Preaching – Ozark Christian College – 2009
  • Pastoral Counselling – Ozark Christian College – 2009
  • Homiletics – Ozark Christian College – 2008
  • Speech II – Ozark Christian College – 2007
  • Leaders in Training – Artaban Society – 2007
 Jonathan  Lyonhart

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