MA (Cambridge); PhD (Cambridge)

Academic background

I was educated at Fitzwilliam and Selwyn Colleges, Cambridge. Between 1979 and 1981 I was Tutor for English and Fitzwilliam and Girton Colleges. I was ordained in 1990 and then served as Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor at Exeter College, Oxford from 1992 to 1995, Dean of Peterhouse, Cambridge from 1995 to 2000, and Samuel Fergusson Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Manchester from 2000 to 2012. I was then Director of the Centre for Religion and Political Culture between 2003 and 2011 and Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester between 2006 and 2012.

Undergraduate teaching

God, Christ and Salvation; the Study of Religion.

Research interests

My research concerns theology, philosophy and cultural studies. I have wider interests in the nature of religion and its relationship to anthropology, sociology, politics, gender theory and contemporary science. I am currently completing a three-volume work developing a culturally engaged systematic theology.

Featured publications

Karl Barth, Jacques Derrida and the Language of Theology (CUP, 1995). Translated into Chinese

Balthasar at the End of Modernity (T & T Clark, 1999)

Theology and Contemporary Critical Theory (Macmillan, 1996) Extended paperback version (2000). Translated into Greek in 2001

Cities of God (Routledge, 2000)

True Religion (Blackwell, 2002). Translated into German

God and Beauty (Trinity Press International, 2003)

Cultural Transformation and Religious Practice (CUP, 2004)

Christ and Culture (Blackwell, 2005)

Translation and critical edition of Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology II, with Michael Hoelzl (Polity Press, 2008)

The Politics of Discipleship (Baker Academic, 2009; SCM, 2010). Translated into Chinese

Translation and critical edition of Carl Schmitt’s Dictatorship, with Michael Hoelzl (Polity Press, 2013)

Unbelievable (I.B.Taurus, 2013)

Other interests and activities

I enjoy film, long walks and cooking.