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Jonathan Lyonhart

Jonathan Lyonhart

Philosophy of Religion

Early Modern Thought

Philosophy of Space and Time

Cambridge Platonism

Phenomenology of Religion

Film Studies


Jonathan Lyonhart is an author, 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, 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:

My PhD is in Early Modern Philosophy, particularly questions of theological space and time in More, Descartes and Newton.

Other Professional Activities


  • “Hemsterhuis on Space: A response to Adrian Mihai.” (The D Society, November 15, 2019, University of Cambridge)
  • “God is Dead? An introduction to Philosophy of Religion.” (Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Oct 17, 2019)
  • Heidegger and Aquinas on the location of Truth. (AHRC ‘Trust and Truth’ International Interdisciplinary Conference, Peterhouse College, Cambridge, September18-20, 2019)
  • “The On-going Necessity of Trinitarian Ontology,” at the New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference, Cambridge. 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, September 13-15, 2019)
  • Panel Chair for “Evolution and Pan(en)theism” discussion, feat. Celia Deane-Drummond and Johannes Hoff. New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference, University of Cambridge, September 13-15, 2019.
  • “Nietzsche, Cosmos and Morality.” (Sutton Trust, University of Cambridge, August 23, 2018)
  • “John Locke and Ralph Cudworth on the source of Reason and Morality.” (Lehrstuhl für Religionsphilosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, May 11, 2019)
  • “Wrangling about Innate Ideas? Reflections upon Locke and Cudworth.” (British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference, King’s College London, April 24, 2019)
  • 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, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, March 11, 2019)
  • “Arguments for and against the Existence of God.” (University of Cambridge, Outreach at Mill Hill, November 9, 2018)
  • “Cudworth on Atoms, Motion and Nothingness.” (Beierwaltes Seminar, Claire College, Cambridge, October 20, 2018)
  • “What is Philosophy of Religion?” (Sutton Trust, University of Cambridge, August 15, 2018) 
  • “Re-evaluating the Cosmological Argument.” (July 26, 2018, University of Cambridge, UK) 
  • “God is dead? Surveying the Status of God in Recent Philosophy.” (Hewett Academy, Norwich, March 29th 2018) 
  • Response to Gavin Hyman’s “Between Hegel and Wittgenstein: Reflections in the Wake of Gillian Rose and Rowan Williams,” (The D Society, University of Cambridge, February 2, 2018)
  • “Is Duns Scotus responsible for Onto-Theology, Immanence and Nihilism?” (Academic Symposium, Regent College, Canada, March 2017)
  • “Modern Identity and the Resurrection.” (The Annual Gathering of Mennonite Brethren, Vancouver, Canada, April 17, 2014)
  • “Environmentalism and Theology.” (Upper Room, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, USA, April 2011)
  • “The Assumptions of Reason.” (Upper Room, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, USA, March 2011)
  • υἱοθεσίαν in Ephesians 1.” (Ozark Christian College, Joplin, USA, March 24, 2011)
  • “Can the Cosmological Argument survive Quantum Mechanics?” (Ozark Christian College, Joplin, USA, January 2010)


Key Publications


  • MonoThreeism (Cascade Books, Wipf & Stock, 2020). A dialogical monograph on the Trinity, cosmology and gender.  
  • Ed. Alex Abecina, Ryan Haecker, Jonathan Lyonhart, John Milbank, and Austin Stevenson. New Trinitarian Ontologies (Expected 2021). An upcoming, multiple-volume collection of edited articles from the New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference. 
  • Ed. Alexander Graves, Jonathan Lyonhart, Ian Morgenheim, and Brian Woodruff, The Mirrored Hall (Burnaby, BC: ShatterBooks Pub., April 2017). A collection of short stories about cognitive dissonance and the modern condition.  


  • ‘Being and Time-less Faith: Juxtaposing Heideggerian Anxiety and Religious Experience’, Open Theology 6, no. 1 (January 2020).
  • 3rd Corinthians, (Cambridge, UK: Noesis Review, November 2018).


  • “The Biblical Narrative of Ruth and the Monstrous Other,” In Cinema Liberation Theology. Ed. Anthony Ballas. (Routledge, 2021). 
  • “Alternative History and Eschatological Justice in Tarantino,” in Ethics and Religion in Contemporary Speculative Fiction. Ed. Sarah Gallant and Jennifer Matheny. (Fortress Press Academic/Lexington Books, 2021). 
  • “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)



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