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Barnabas Aspray


Originally from Hampshire, England, Barnabas lived in Ecuador, France, and Canada before moving to Cambridge for his doctorate. Prior to studying theology, he had a career as a software engineer working for the BBC website. 

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

Barnabas has researched and taught in the following areas of Christian theology:

  • Philosophical/Theological Hermeneutics
  • Doctrine of God
  • Doctrine of Creation
  • Development of Doctrine
  • Theology of Conversion
Philosophy of Religion specialists:

Barnabas' doctoral thesis is titled:

  • 'Finitude and Transcendence: A Study in Paul Ricœur’s Early Philosophy’

Research Interests

Barnabas is interested in the following fields of study:

  • Twentieth-century French Philosophy
  • The relationship between faith and reason, philosophy and theology
  • The possibility of natural theology
  • The distinction between finitude and evil/guilt

Research Supervision

Since 2016, Barnabas has supervised undergraduates for the following courses:

  • Great Christian Theologians (B8)
  • God, Freedom, and the Soul (B10)
  • God, Metaphysics, and the Modern challenge (C11)


Since 2013, Barnabas has taught regular courses (ca. 15 hours/year) at various institutions on the following topics: 


Key Publications

Journal Articles

Barnabas Aspray, ‘“Scripture Grows with its Readers”: Doctrinal Development from a Ricœurian Perspective’, Modern Theology (published online March 2019, forthcoming in print)


Emmanuel Falque, ‘The All-Seeing: Fraternity and Vision of God in Nicholas of Cusa’, Modern Theology (published online July 2019, forthcoming in print)

Paul Ricœur, ‘From One Testament to the Other’, Modern Theology 33, no. 2 (2017): 235–42.

Book Chapters

Barnabas Aspray, ‘Transforming Heideggerian Finitude? Following Pathways Opened by Falque’, in Can We Cross the Rubicon?, ed. Martin Kočí (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming)

Dictionary Entries

Barnabas Aspray, ‘Biblical Hermeneutics’ in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, ed. Andrew Louth, 4th ed., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Barnabas Aspray, ‘Transcendence’ in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, ed. Andrew Louth, 4th ed., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)


Review: Emmanuel Falque, The Guide to Gethsemane: Anxiety, Suffering, Death (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019), trans. George Hughes, Modern Theology (forthcoming).

Review: Stewart Goetz, A Philosophical Walking Tour with C. S. Lewis: Why It Did Not Include Rome (Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2014), Reviews in Religion and Theology 26, no. 1 (2019): 76–79.

Review: Joshua Broggi, Sacred Language, Sacred World: The Unity of Scriptural and Philosophical Hermeneutics (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015), Reviews in Religion and Theology 24, no. 3 (2017): 444–47.

Review: George Ille, Between Vision and Obedience – Rethinking Theological Epistemology: Theological Reflections on Rationality and Agency with Special Reference to Paul Ricœur and G.W.F. Hegel (Cambridge: James Clarke & Co, 2014), Reviews in Religion and Theology 23, no. 3 (2016): 326–29.

Review: Iain Provan, Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters (Baylor University Press, 2014), Syndicate: A New Forum for Theology 2 no. 5 (2015).


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Upcoming events

GCSE Study Day: Art and the Nature of the Divine

Mar 24, 2020

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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