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Dr Elizabeth Phillips

Dr Elizabeth Phillips

Tutor in Theology and Ethics, Westcott House

Office Phone: 01223 272970


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 began her current post at Westcott House, one of the Anglican theological colleges affiliated with the University of Cambridge.

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

  • Book reviews editor for Political Theology
  • Book reviews editor for Crucible
  • Committee member, Society for the Study of Christian Ethics
  • Co-chair, Sacred Texts and Ethics Group, American Academy of Religion

Key Publications

  • ‘Anabaptist Theologies’, in The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, second edition, edited by Peter Scott and William Cavanaugh (forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).
  • ‘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).
  • "Eschatology." In Contemporary Thinking about the Saving Presence of God in Human History (Dublin: The Priory Institute, 2009).
  • “‘We’ve Read the End of the Book’: An Engagement with Contemporary Christian Zionism through the Eschatology of John Howard Yoder.”  Studies in Christian Ethics 21.3 (2008): 342-361.


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