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Dr Ruth Jackson

Dr Ruth Jackson

Research Fellow at CRASSH (Project on the Bible and Antiquity in 19th-Century Culture)

Acting Director of Studies, Corpus Christi College


PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (2016)

MPhil in Theology and Religious Studies, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, (2010). Distinction.

MA (Cantab) Theology and Religious Studies, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (2006-2009). 1st Class.

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

The themes of temporality and dependence in Friedrich Schleiermacher's theological and philosophical writings

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

The themes of temporality and dependence in Friedrich Schleiermacher's theological and philosophical writings. 


Corpus Christi College:
Director of Studies

Research Interests

Dr Ruth Jackson is a research associate at CRASSH, on the ERC-funded project ‘The Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture’.

Her PhD research focused on the work of Friedrich Schleiermacher, who was a nineteenth-century German theologian, philosopher, and hermeneutist. Ruth’s dissertation challenged the all too often received view of Schleiermacher, that he is a theologian of ‘feeling’ and personal experience, who detrimentally prioritizes the inward and the emotional in religion. The dissertation, which Ruth is now preparing as a book manuscript, was written under the supervision of Professor Janet Soskice.

Studying the polymath Schleiermacher has enabled Ruth to access 18th and 19th-century Germany from a cross-disciplinary angle. Her writing and research sits at the intersection of theology, philosophy, literature, and intellectual history. She is especially interested in Schleiermacher’s distinctive understanding of Plato, his ground-breaking work in hermeneutical theory, and how these two things relate in turn to the way that Schleiermacher read and understood the Bible.

Ruth has undertaken all of her academic training at the University of Cambridge, where she has been based in the Faculty of Divinity. Alongside her research post at CRASSH, she is the Director of Studies in Theology & Religious Studies at Corpus Christi College, supervises undergraduates in theology & Philosophy of Religion, and offers lectures on Schleiermacher for a second-year paper in Christian Theology. For the academic year 2014-15 she was the MPhil Co-ordinator in Modern Theology. Since 2013, she also has co-run a Reading Group in twentieth-century continental philosophy and political thought. 



Ruth is currently the Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies at Corpus Christi College. She holds this position while Dr Andrew Davison is away on research leave in Princeton. 

Undergraduate Supervision: Ruth teaches the following Tripos papers:

A8 (Philosophy and Ethics) – a paper designed to give first year undergraduates an introduction to the major themes and questions about language, knowledge, and being, which arise at the intersection between philosophy and theology. 

B8 (Theology I) – a core course in Christian Theology for second-year undergraduates, which includes texts from Aquinas, Augustine, Luther, Barth and Schleiermacher.

B11 (Ethics and Faith) – a course which follows on from paper A8, and through which students learn about the main trajectory of the moral philosophy tradition, by studying of texts from Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Montaigne, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Bradley and Wittgenstein.  

D1d (The Doctrine of God: Love and Desire) A paper for third-year students, which is examined through two 5000-word coursework essays, and taught through supervision and seminar sessions. We look at a number of texts, including pieces from: Dante; Bernard of Clairvaux; Aquinas; Augustine; Catherine of Siena. 


Undergraduate Lecturing: Ruth gives a course of 4 lectures in the faculty, on the life and work of Friedrich Schleiermacher. The series is part of the taught course for paper B8, which is aimed at second-year undergraduate students.  


MPhil: In 2014-15 she was the MPhil Co-ordinator in Modern Theology.


Key Publications

— ‘On Gender and Theology in the Mode of Retrieval’. In Theologies of Retrieval, edited by Darren Sarisky (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017). [Invited]

— ‘The Doctrine of Creation and the Problem of the Miraculous in the Modern Theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher’. In Creation from Nothing and Modern Theology, edited by Gary Anderson (Notre Dame, IN :University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming 2017). [Invited]

— ‘Photography, Finitude, and the Human Self through Time’, Telos 179 (forthcoming, Summer 2017). [Peer-reviewed]

— ‘Creation, Temporality and the Lord’s Supper in Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Dogmatic Theology’, Theology 116 (September/October 2013) : 332–340. [Peer-reviewed]

— ‘The Gospel According to Johannes de Silentio, Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics 3 (June 2016) . [Invited] 

Other Publications

Recent Book Reviews & Review Essays

— Review of ‘Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue’, by David Decosimo. Anglican Theological Review (forthcoming, 2017).

— Review of ‘The Suspended Middle: Henri de Lubac and the Renewed Split in Modern Catholic Theology’, by John Milbank (2nd Ed.). Anglican Theological Review 98, no 2. (2016).

— ‘Of Life & Work’, Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics 2 (June 2015).

— Review of ‘Theology and Philosophy; Faith and Reason’, edited by Crisp et al., Colloquium, The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 46, no. 2 (Nov. 2014): 255-257.

— ‘Review of Embedded Grace: Christ, History, and the Reign of God in Schleiermacher’s Dogmatics’, by Kevin M. Vander Schel. Reviews in Religion and Theology 21, Issue 3, (July 2014): 410–412. — Review of ‘Merleau-Ponty and Theology’, by Christopher Ben Simpson, Reviews in Religion and Theology 21, Issue 3, (July 2014): 391–393.

— 'Imaging in media res (a review of 'Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray Jones and Martin Parr), Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics 1 (June 2014).

— Review of ‘Spaces in Modern Theology: Geography & Power in Schleiermacher’s World’, by Steven Jungkeit, Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics 2, Issue 2, (Spring), June 2014. — Review of ‘The Problem With Pleasure, Modernism and its Discontents’, by Laura Frost, Review31 (, a peer-reviewed journal for critical and literary writing, December 2013.

— Review of ‘Schleiermacher and Religious Feeling’, by Geoffrey Dumbreck, Colloquium, The Aus- tralian and New Zealand Theological Review 45, no. 2 (Nov. 2013): 235-7.