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Jonathan Lyonhart

Jonathan Lyonhart

Philosophy of Religion

Early Modern Philosophy and Physics

Philosophy of Space and Time

Cambridge Platonism

Phenomenology of Religion

Trinitarian Theology

Religion and Film


Biography:

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.

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.

Teaching

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge

  • Course: The Rise of Early Modern Science (2020. Online)
  • Course: Science and Contemporary Culture (2020. Online
  • Course: Consciousness (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, 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.”

MBCCA Public Courses (3-9 Month Open Programs I designed and taught)

  • Course: History of Ancient Israel (2016-2017)
  • Course: Religion and Film (2016-2017)
  • Course: History of Western Thought (2015-2016)
  • Course: Philosophy of Religion (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… In fact, I still remember most of his teachings.” 
    • “I have never met a teacher that is as passionate and dedicated as Jonathan. He ensures he has a firm grasp on the material he delivers, and even adapts his lecture styles according to the content. Furthermore, the method of which he delivers the content is so creative that you cannot help but look forward to his next lecture.”
    • “He’s extremely creative, integrating visual aids (props, etc.), multimedia, and so on… It makes it hard to ever get bored!”
    • “…has the gift of communicating complex ideas in a simple and artistic way – a genius.”
    • “…he has a great control and understanding of his audience's attention span, and is able to recapture one's attention as he wishes.”
    • “He made history really fun.”
    • “He is intellectual without showing up as obnoxious or unapproachable.”
    • “…he 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.”
    • “He makes all other teachers seem so bad that it’s hard to go back to more orthodox teaching methods and be okay with it.”
    • “11/10.”

Regent College

  • Course: Augustine (2013). Supervisor. 

Regent College

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

Ozark Christian College

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

Other Professional Activities

CONFERENCES AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • “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)

Collaborators

Key Publications

BOOKS

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

ARTICLES

  • ‘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). 

 CHAPTERS

  • “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)

 EDITED WORKS

  • 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). 

 BOOK REVIEWS

  • 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). 

 OTHER PUBLICATIONS

  • ‘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 herehttps://www.regent-college.edu/about-us/news/2019/regent-alumni-start-new-trinitarian-ontologies-conference-at-cambridge

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