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Dr Elizabeth Phillips

Dr Elizabeth Phillips

Visiting Scholar, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Honorary Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University


Biography:

Elizabeth Phillips completed her PhD in the Divinity Faculty in 2008, writing a theological ethnography exploring eschatology and politics in American Christian Zionism. After a one-year Research Assistantship in the History Faculty, she worked for nine years at Westcott House, one of the Anglican theological colleges affiliated with the University of Cambridge. She is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Criminology, where she co-convenes introductory courses in theological and philosophical ethics for Cambridge students and students resident in a high security prison.

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

Research Interests

  • Christian Virtue Ethics
  • Conflict, Violence, Pacifism, War, and Peacemaking
  • Political Theology
  • Eschatology and Politics
  • Christian Zionism
  • Theological Ethnography

Other Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board member, Political Theology
  • Secretary, Society for the Study of Christian Ethics
  • Steering Committee member, Political Theology Seminar, American Academy of Religion

Key Publications

  • co-editor with Anna Rowlands and Amy Daughton, T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology (forthcoming from T&T Clark, 2018).
  • ‘Anabaptist Theologies’, in The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, second edition, edited by Peter Scott and William Cavanaugh (forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell, 2018).
  • ‘Narrating Catastrophe, Cultivating Hope: Apocalyptic Practices and Theological Virtue.’ Studies in Christian Ethics 31:1 (1 February 2018): 17-33.
  • ‘The Church and the Elusive “Public”’, in Grace, Governance and Globalization: Theology and Public Life, edited by Lieven Boeve, Stephan van Erp, and Martin Poulsom (forthcoming from Bloomsbury, 2016).
  • co-editor with Craig Hovey, The Cambridge Companion to Christian Political Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • ‘Virtue Ethics and Social Justice’, in Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views, edited by Victor McCracken (Bloomsbury, 2014).
  • ‘Saying “Peace” When There is No Peace: An American Christian Zionist Congregation on Peace, Militarism and Settlements’, in Comprehending Christian Zionism: Perspectives in Comparison, edited by Göran Gunner and Robert Smith (Fortress Press, 2014).
  • Political Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2012).
  • "Charting the 'Ethnographic Turn': Theologians and the Study of Christian Congregations". In Church and Culture: Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography, volume 1, edited by Pete Ward (Eerdmans, 2011).

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