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Alexander D. Garton


Alexander D. Garton is a doctoral candidate in systematic theology, examining the significance of the doctrine of eternity in attempts to balance the reliability of christological revelation with the concern to protect divine freedom exemplified in the possibility of counterfactuals.  His research builds particularly from the work of Karl Barth and his reception history in the McCormack-Hunsinger debate, and finally the post-Barthian narrative theology of Robert Jenson. These Barthian and post-Barthian models are then contrasted with the classical explication of the doctrine of eternity as absolute timelessness, focussing particularly on the work of Thomas Aquinas and Hans Urs von Balthasar.

Alexander took a first in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge (Theological Studies Prize; College Scholarship) in 2014, subsequently conducting research at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, as an exchange student for the academic year 2014-15.  He obtained a distinction in his MPhil in 2016 at the University of Cambridge, the thesis for which was entitled 'The Concept of Time in John’s Gospel Vis-À-Vis the Figure of Jesus, and its Implications for the Theological Understanding of God’s Relationship to History'.  After completing the first year of his Ph.D., Alexander won a Karl-Schlecht Stipend and an Evangelisches Stift Stipendium to study at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany as a visiting doctoral student and research assistant to Prof. Christoph Schwöbel.

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

Divine Freedom and Revelation in Christ: The Doctrine of Eternity with Special Reference to the Theology of Karl Barth

Research Interests

  • Time and Eternity
  • The Doctrine of the Trinity
  • Christology
  • St. John's Gospel, particularly its temporal metaphysics.



Paper A5 - The Question of God

Paper B8 - Great Christian Theologians

Other Professional Activities

  • 2018-2019 Editor of University of Cambridge graduate journal for philosophical and systematic theology, The Noesis Review
  • 2017-2018 Research Assistant to Prof. Christoph Schwöbel
  • 2018 University lecturing experience at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, on the subject ‘Introduction to Christian Theology’ 
  • 2018 Translator for Prof. Christoph Schwöbel’s forthcoming English edition of Gott in Beziehung
  • 2017 Editor for habiliation thesis, ‘Being Towards Death’.  Heidegger and the Orthodox Theology of the East, by Dr. Sylvie Avakian
  • 2015 Translator for interdisciplinary ‘Vulnerabilität’ conference conducted by Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Key Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

‘“Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am”: A Theological Treatise on the Concept of Time in John’s Gospel’. Modern Theology (available online)

'Reliable Knowledge, True Freedom: The Remnant of the Analogia Temporalis in the Theology of Robert W. Jenson and its Implications for the Epistemology-Freedom Debate'. Scottish Journal of Theology (forthcoming)

Other Publications

Book Reviews

Swinton, John. Becoming Friends of Time. SCM Press, 2016. In Modern Believing 61 (forthcoming, 2020)

Thiselton, A. C. Systematic Theology. SPCK, 2015. In Modern Believing 59, no. 4 (October 2018)

Latta, J. C. When the Eternal Can Be Met: The Bergsonian Theology of Time in the Works of C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, and W. H. Auden. Lutterworth, 2014. In Modern Believing 58, no. 4 (October 2017)

Allen, P. L. Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed. T&T Clark, 2012. In Modern Believing 56, no. 3 (July 2015)


'Stare and fluere: Karl Barth's Incarnational Doctrine of Eternity'. Noesis Review 6 (2019)

‘Election and Pre-existence: The Remnant of Platonic Analogy in the Theology of Robert W. Jenson’. Noesis Review 4 (2017)


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