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. The Maker’s Mind: A Theological History of Divine Ideas (in progress)
2. Being and Eternity: Phenomenology and Thomism in Edith Stein (under review)
3. Divine Mind and Natural Order: Laws and Powers in Christian Metaphysics (Leuven: Peeters, forthcoming)



1. ‘Berlinian Pluralism and Abrahamic Monotheism,’ Political Theology 18(5) (2017), 441–57
2. ‘Teleology as a Theological Problem in Kant’s Pre-Critical Thought’ Modern Theology 32(4) (2016), 522-43
3. ‘The Fullness of Life: Death, Finitude, and Life-Philosophy in Edith Stein’s Critique of the Early Heidegger,’ Heythrop Journal 55 (2014), 565-75
4. ‘Being and Timelessness: Edith Stein’s Theological Critique of Heideggerian Temporality,’ Modern Theology 30/1 (2014), 114-31
5. ‘Heidegger’s Critique of Aquinas on Truth: A Critical Assessment,’ New Blackfriars 95 (2014), 43-56
6. ‘Edith Stein’s Critique of Sociality in the Early Heidegger,’ Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 55/3 (2013), 379-96


1. David Marno, Death Be Not Proud (Chicago, IL.: University of Chicago Press, 2016), Times Literary Supplement (forthcoming, May 2018) (invited)
2. Oliver O’Donovan, Entering into Rest: Ethics as Theology III (Grand Rapids, MI.: Eerdmans, 2017), Times Literary Supplement (forthcoming, March 2018) (invited)
3. Rupert Shortt, God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), Religious Studies 53(2) (2017), 285–7 (invited)
4. John Hughes, ed., The Unknown God: Responses to the New Atheists (London: SCM Press, 2013), Science and Christian Belief 27/2 (2015), 212-4
5. Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Religious Studies 51/4 (2015), 583-6
6. James Mumford, Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Modern Theology 31/2 (2015), 370-2
7. Russell Re Manning, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Expository Times 125 (2014), 333-35 (invited) 
8. 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)
9. 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

Policy Papers

1.    Created Equal: Theological Ethics and the Challenge of Distributive Equality (in progress)
2.    Beyond Belief? Defending Religious Liberty through a British Bill of Rights, ResPublica


1.    A Macat Analysis of Plato’s “Republic” (London: Routledge, 2017) (book and audiobook)
2.    A Macat Analysis of Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations” (London: Routledge, 2017) (book and audiobook)