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Dr James Orr

Dr James Orr

(to 31 August 2019)

Teaching Associate in Philosophy of Religion

(from 1 September 2019)

University Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion


Formerly McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at Christ Church, Oxford, Dr Orr holds a PhD and MPhil in Philosophy of Religion from St. John’s College, Cambridge, and a Double First in Literae Humaniores from Balliol College, Oxford.  He is a Trustee of St. Paul’s Theological Centre, London, and a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s advisory group, the Lambeth Partnership.  Dr Orr was recently interviewed about his research for Richard Marshall's "End Times".


  • MPhil Supervision (Philosophy of Religion)
  • C11 (Truth, God, and Metaphysics)
  • B11 (Ethics and Faith) (Paper Coordinator)
  • B10 (God, Freedom, and the Soul)
  • A9 (Ethics) (Paper Coordinator)
  • A8 (Philosophy of Religion)

Key Publications


  • The Discarded Mind: The Decline and Fall of Divine Ideas (in progress)
  • Being and Eternity: Phenomenology and Thomism in Edith Stein (Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2020)
  • The Mind of God and the Works of Nature: Laws and Powers in Naturalism, Platonism, and Classical Theism (Leuven: Peeters, 2019)


  • 'Minding the Gap: Distributive Egalitarianism and Theological Ethics (under review)
  • ‘Classical Theism and the Problem of Intrinsic Value’ (under review)
  • 'The Discarded Mind: Divine Ideas and Secular Concepts' (under review)
  • 'No God, No Powers: Classical Theism and Pandispositionalist Laws,’ International Philosophical Quarterly 59(4) (forthcoming, 2019)
  • 'Berlinian Pluralism and Abrahamic Monotheism,' Political Theology 18(5) (2017), 441-57
  • 'Teleology as a Theological Problem in Kant’s Pre-Critical Thought,’ Modern Theology 32(4) (2016), 522–43
  • ‘The Fullness of Life: Death, Finitude, and Life-Philosophy in Edith Stein’s Critique of the Early Heidegger,’ Heythrop Journal 55(4) (2014), 565-75
  • ‘Being and Timelessness: Edith Stein’s Theological Critique of Heideggerian Temporality,’ Modern Theology 30(1) (2014), 114-31
  • ‘Heidegger’s Critique of Aquinas on Truth: A Critical Assessment,’ New Blackfriars 95 (2014), 43-56
  • ‘Edith Stein’s Critique of Sociality in the Early Heidegger,’ Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 55(3) (2013), 379-96

Recent Reviews

  • Paul Draper and J.L. Schellenberg, Renewing Philosophy of Religion: Exploratory Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), Times Literary Supplement (forthcoming, April 2019)
  • Fiona Ellis, ed., New Models of Religious Understanding (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), Times Literary Supplement (forthcoming, April 2019)
  • David Marno, Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention (Chicago, IL.: University of Chicago Press, 2016), Times Literary Supplement (forthcoming, March 2019)
  • Oliver O'Donovan, Entering Into Rest: Ethics as Theology III (Grand Rapids, MI.: Eerdmans, 2017), Times Literary Supplement (April 2018) [link]
  • Rupert Shortt, God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (London: Hurst Publishing, 2016), Religious Studies 53(2) (2017), 285-7 
  • Anthony Meredith, S.J., Christian Philosophy in the Early Church (London and New York: T&T Clark, 2012), Heythrop Journal 57/1 (2016), 236-7 
  • John Hughes, ed., The Unknown God: Responses to the New Atheists (London: SCM Press, 2013), Science and Christian Belief 27/2 (2015), 212-4 
  • Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Religious Studies (2015)
  • James Mumford, Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Modern Theology 31/2 (2015)
  • Russell Re Manning, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Expository Times 125 (2014), 333-35 


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