Dr James Orr

Theology and Religion
McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology, Ethics, and Public Life


MA (Oxon); MPhil (Cantab); PhD (Cantab)

Academic Background

PhD (Philosophy of Religion), St. John’s College, University of Cambridge
MPhil (Philosophy of Religion), St. John’s College, University of Cambridge
Diploma (Theology & Religious Studies), St. John’s College, University of Cambridge
BA (Classics), Balliol College, University of Oxford


1. ‘No God, No Powers: On Cartwright’s Escape’ (under review)
2. ‘Teleology as a Theological Problem in Kant’s Pre-Critical Thought’ (under review)
3. ‘Value Pluralism and Monotheistic Commitment’ (under review) 
4. ‘Kant’s Protestant Suspicion: From Participation to Correlation,’ Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics (forthcoming, 2016)
5. ‘The Fullness of Life: Death, Finitude, and Life-Philosophy in Edith Stein’s Critique of the Early Heidegger,’ Heythrop Journal 55 (2014), 565-75
6. ‘Being and Timelessness: Edith Stein’s Theological Critique of Heideggerian Temporality,’ Modern Theology 30/1 (2014), 114-31
7. ‘Heidegger’s Critique of Aquinas on Truth: A Critical Assessment,’ New Blackfriars 95 (2014), 43-56
8. ‘Edith Stein’s Critique of Sociality in the Early Heidegger,’ Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 55/3 (2013), 379-96


1. John Hughes, ed., The Unknown God: Responses to the New Atheists (London: SCM Press, 2013), Science and Christian Belief 27/2 (2015), 212-4
2. Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Religious Studies 51/4 (2015), 583-6
3. James Mumford, Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Modern Theology 31/2 (2015), 370-2
4. Russell Re Manning, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Expository Times 125 (2014), 333-35 (invited) 
5. Michael Welker, ed., The Spirit in Creation and New Creation: Science and Theology in Western and Orthodox Realms (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012), Science and Christian Belief 25/2 (2013), 179-80 (invited)
6. Oswald Bayer, ‘A Contemporary in Dissent’: Johann Georg Hamann as a Radical Enlightener (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012), Modern Theology 29/1 (2013), 187-89