skip to content

Faculty of Divinity



Formerly McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow 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 (Classics) from Balliol College, Oxford. He was recently interviewed about his research for Richard Marshall's "End Times" series. He welcomes applications from any prospective students with research interests in analytic philosophy of religion, continental phenomenology, moral philosophy, and political theology. 


Key publications: 


  1. The Discarded Mind: The Decline and Fall of Divine Ideas (in progress)
  2. Being and Eternity: Phenomenology and Thomism in Edith Stein (Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2022)
  3. Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Theology of Nature (Routledge, forthcoming, 2021) (co-editor with Robert C. Koons and William M.R. Simpson)
  4. The Mind of God and the Works of Nature: Laws and Powers in Naturalism, Platonism, and Classical Theism (Leuven: Peeters, 2019)


  1. 'Minding the Gap: Distributive Egalitarianism and Theological Ethics' (under review)
  2. ‘Classical Theism and the Problem of Intrinsic Value’ (under review)
  3. 'The Discarded Mind: Divine Ideas and Secular Concepts,' Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 62(2) (2020), 167–89
  4. 'No God, No Powers: Classical Theism and Pandispositionalist Laws,’ International Philosophical Quarterly 59(4) (2019), 411-26
  5. 'Berlinian Pluralism and Abrahamic Monotheism,' Political Theology 18(5) (2017), 441-57
  6. 'Teleology as a Theological Problem in Kant’s Pre-Critical Thought,’ Modern Theology 32(4) (2016), 522–43
  7. ‘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
  8. ‘Being and Timelessness: Edith Stein’s Theological Critique of Heideggerian Temporality,’ Modern Theology 30(1) (2014), 114-31
  9. ‘Heidegger’s Critique of Aquinas on Truth: A Critical Assessment,’ New Blackfriars 95 (2014), 43-56
  10. ‘Edith Stein’s Critique of Sociality in the Early Heidegger,’ Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 55(3) (2013), 379-96

Recent Reviews

  1. Philip Gonzales, Reimagining the Analogia Entis: The Future of Erich Przywara’s Christian Vision (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019), Scottish Journal of Theology (forthcoming, 2020)
  2. Tom Holland, Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind (London: Little, Brown, 2019), The Critic (December 2019) [link]
  3. Paul Draper and J.L. Schellenberg, eds., Renewing Philosophy of Religion: Exploratory Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), Times Literary Supplement (6 September 2019) [link]
  4. Fiona Ellis, ed., New Models of Religious Understanding (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), Times Literary Supplement (6 September 2019) [link]
  5. Oliver O'Donovan, Entering Into Rest: Ethics as Theology III (Grand Rapids, MI.: Eerdmans, 2017), Times Literary Supplement (April 2018) [link]
  6. Rupert Shortt, God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (London: Hurst Publishing, 2016), Religious Studies 53(2) (2017), 285-7 
  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 
  8. John Hughes, ed., The Unknown God: Responses to the New Atheists (London: SCM Press, 2013), Science and Christian Belief 27(2) (2015), 212-4 
  9. Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Religious Studies (2015)
  10. James Mumford, Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Modern Theology 31/2 (2015)
  11. Russell Re Manning, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Expository Times 125 (2014), 333-35 

Teaching and Supervisions

  • PhD Supervision
  • MPhil (Philosophy of Religion)
  • Tripos Part IIB, C11 ("Truth, God, and Metaphysics")
  • Tripos Part IIA, B11 ("Ethics and Faith") [Paper Coordinator]
  • Tripos Part IIA, B10 ("God, Freedom, and the Soul")
  • Tripos Part I, A9 ("Ethics") [Paper Coordinator]
  • Tripos Part I, A8 ("Philosophy of Religion")
University Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion
Dr James  Orr

Contact Details

Email address: 
Not available for consultancy



Current students and supervisors can access the Faculty’s Moodle page by clicking on the image below.