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Joanna Tarassenko


I am currently training for ordained ministry in the Church of England at Ridley Hall. I have a BA in Theology from Oxford University and an MA in Systematic Theology from King’s College in London, where I took the optional module on ‘Christianity and the arts’. My research supervisor is Professor Jeremy Begbie.

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

‘Musico-Pneumatology for Christian Formation: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Polyphony of Life in the Spirit’ (PhD Title)

In this Christian Theology PhD I examine how Dietrich Bonhoeffer uses ‘polyphony’ and related musical casts of mind to conceptualise Christian formation. In particular, I explore how these metaphors articulate a pneumatology which supports and strengthens Bonhoeffer’s Christology as it is applied to Christian formation.

Research Interests

Spirit Christology
Theology and the arts
Christian formation


Theology and the Arts in ‘Theological Method’ (L6), Ridley Hall (BA programme)
Theological Aesthetics, St Mellitus (MA programme)
The Early Church, 24/7 Prayer Vision Course
Mission; Paul’s Letters; the Holy Spirit, Spurgeon’s College online teaching

Other Professional Activities

Papers Presented:

'Polyphony and love in the musical imagination of Dietrich Bonhoeffer' (Noesis Seminar, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge)

‘Bonhoeffer and the Polyphony of Life in the Spirit’ (XIII. International Bonhoeffer Congress, Stellenbosch, South Africa)

‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Polyphony and the Order of Love’ (Theology and the Arts Study Day, Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge)


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