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Faculty of Divinity


Christian Theology Research Seminar

The graduate seminar in Christian Theology meets fortnightly each term.  It’s a lively and friendly forum for graduate students and senior members. A wide range of topics are discussed relating to Christian theology, often with a philosophical, historical, or exegetical dimension, as well as themes of from ethics and Christian practice.  

The seminars are open to all graduates and senior members, and others on request to Dr Simeon Zahl,   the seminar convenor.


Christian Theology Seminar 2021/22


The seminar meets in the Lightfoot Room in the Faculty of Divinity from 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm, unless otherwise stated.


Michaelmas Term


13 October                  ‘Normativity in the public square: Augustine as truth-seeker.’

                                    Dr Susannah Ticciati (King’s College, London)


27 October                  ‘De Lubac, Suárez and nouvelle théologie.’

Dr David Grumett (Edinburgh)


10 November              ‘The Father as agapē and the Son as agapē ek tou theou: Rethinking Origen’s subordinationism in light of his Trinitarian interpretation of Love.’

Dr Pui Im Ip (Cambridge)


24 November              ‘Redeeming the fall.’

                                    Professor Graham Ward (Oxford)



Lent Term


26 January                  ‘Better theology! Conceptual design and the affordances of doctrine.’ 

                                    Professor Hanna Reichel (Princeton).

This session will take place on Zoom.


9 February:                  ‘Justification and Self-Acceptance’

                                    Professor Christiane Tietz (Zürich)

During her visit, Professor Tietz will also participate in a symposium on her recent biography of Karl Barth – details to be announced later.


23 February:                ‘T. F. Torrance on the church as witness.’

Dr Darren Sarisky (Australian Catholic University)

This session will take place on Zoom and will be held at 11.30 am to accommodate both time zones.


9 March:                      ‘The Holiness of the Church and the Journey of Sanctification’

                              Professor Paul Nimmo (Aberdeen)



Easter Term


4 May:                         Symposium on Simeon Zahl, The Holy Spirit and

Christian Experience, (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Dr Simeon Zahl (Cambridge)


18 May                        ‘Decolonising The Curriculum of Theological Education’

                                    Professor Anthony Reddie (Oxford)


1 June                         Grey-Zone Aggression and the Competition Continuum: Prospects for Jus in Silico?’ 

                                    Professor Esther Reed (Exeter)