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Faculty of Divinity


I work on Christian theology and the Church Fathers. My doctoral research is concerned with Isaac of Nineveh's soteriology and eschatology, with specific focuses on how it might inform genealogies of Christian universalism and what it might contribute constructively to current debates about universal salvation.

I have previously researched resurrection and salvation in the thought of Maximus the Confessor, and written about theological method in Dumitru Staniloae, Rowan Williams, and Friedrich Schleiermacher. I am also interested in theology's relationships with poetry and music.


  • 2022 - present: PhD Theology, Robinson College, University of Cambridge

  • 2021 - 2022: MPhil Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion, Robinson College, University of Cambridge


               Theological Studies Prize

               Dissertation: 'The Risen Jesus in the Soteriology of Maximus the Confessor'

  • 2017 - 2020: BA (Hons) Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion, Robinson College, University of Cambridge

               First with Distinction

               Theological Studies Prize

               Dissertation: 'The Judgement of Theology – Two Modern Perspectives'


  • Patristics
    • Maximus the Confessor
    • Isaac of Nineveh
  • Christian doctrine
    • Soteriology and apokatastasis
    • Christology
    • Theological methodology
  • Theology and the arts
    • R. S. Thomas
    • Theology and jazz


Other publications: 

Papers delivered / *forthcoming

*Sep 2024:    ‘Christology and Universal Salvation in Isaac of Nineveh’
League of European Research Universities Conference
Heidelberg University

*Aug 2024:    ‘The Gnomic Will and Universal Salvation in Maximus the Confessor’
Oxford Patristics Conference
University of Oxford

*22nd Mar 2024:    ‘Isaac of Nineveh and Modern Theology’
Syriac Studies in the UK: Past, Present, Future
Durham University

*15th Feb 2024:    ‘Divine Silence as a Creative Act in the Poetry of R. S. Thomas’
Cambridge-Toulouse Journée d'Étude: Metaphysics and Poetics
Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

5th Sep 2023:    ‘Universal Salvation: Aspiration or Inspiration? Isaac of Nineveh and Theological Priorities’
Society for the Study of Theology Graduate Conference
New College, University of Edinburgh

6th Mar 2023:        ‘Competition, Chalcedon, and the Church of the East’
Noesis Seminar
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Teaching and Supervisions


A5: The Question of God

B8: Christ, Salvation, and the Trinity

Other Professional Activities

2023 - present: Convenor, Patristic Theology Reading Group, Faculty of Divinity

2023: Guest Lecturer, Cambridge Muslim College

PhD candidate in Patristics
Matthew Fairhurst

Contact Details

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