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Dr Ruth Jackson


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. 

Research Interests

Ruth Jackson hails from Bury in Greater Manchester. She studied Theology and Religious Studies as an undergraduate here at Sidney Sussex, before moving to Corpus Christi College Cambridge for her doctoral research. In 2015, she took up a postdoctoral research fellowship at CRASSH, on the ERC-funded project ‘Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture’. In the 2016-2017 academic year, she was Director of Studies for Theology at Corpus Christi College. 

Ruth’s research sits at the intersection of theology, philosophy, literature, and intellectual history, and has focussed on late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century thought in particular. Her PhD thesis reappraised the early work of the German theologian and philosopher, Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834). Her research interests include hermeneutics, religious language, gender and epistemology. 

She is also involved in two collaborative research projects. 

With Dr Hanna Weibye, 'Theology and Politics in the German Imagination 1789-1848', a project which began with a conference in summer 2017, and will culminate in a workshop in 2018 and a special issue of the journal History of European Ideas. This project has been hosted by CRASSH and funded by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies, with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO). 

With Dr Simone Kotva and Dr Laura Kilbride, Theologies of Reading, a CRASSH Research Group running fortnightly seminars in the academic year 2017-2018. 


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

— The Veiled God : Friedrich Schleiermacher's Theology of Finitude (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming May 2019) 

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

— ‘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, 2017).

— ‘Photography, Finitude, and the Human Self through Time’, Telos 179 (Summer 2017). 

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

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

Other Publications

Popular Writing 

— 'Race, Difference, and Religion: Is There a Universal Humanity?', A review of Theodore Vial's Modern Religion, Modern Race, Marginalia Review of Books (March 2018) 

— with Hanna Weibye, 'Can Reason Make Room for Religion in Public Life?', Aeon Magazine, (September 2017)

— 'Disturbing Faith', in John Hughes, Alison Milbank, and Arabella Milbank, eds. Preaching a Radical Orthodoxy: Sermons for the Christian Year SCM Press, 2017. 

— with Brittany Pheiffer Noble, C.S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man: A Macat Analysis (London: Routledge, 2017).

— with Gareth Atkins, Brian Murray and Kate Nichols, Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture, an online exhibition in partnership with the Fitzwilliam Museum. (April 2017)


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. 


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