June 5, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to introduce you to the second of three Irishmen we have on faculty here at the University, Prof Alan Ford. Alan is now a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, but before he became such a big-wig in the upper echelons of academia, he taught Church history. Alan did his University training at Trinity College Dublin and St John’s College Cambridge, where he received his PhD. Alan came to the department here at Nottingham in 1999. Alan’s work… Read more

June 4, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to introduce you to another of our Biblical Studies faculty, Prof Roland Deines. Roland, born and raised in Germany, did his university work in Switzerland, Germany, and Jerusalem. Roland did his PhD on the Pharisees under Dr Martin Hengel. Roland is also an ordained minister in the German Lutheran Church. Roland’s work focuses on the Pharisees and the gospel of Matthew, however, he is also interested in the history leading up to the… Read more

June 3, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I thought I would introduce you to one of our Biblical Studies faculty members, Richard Bell. Richard’s interests are varied are far reaching, as has been his life and education, see more here. He has done PhDs in physics and  theology. The latter was received from Tübingen, under Peter Stuhlmacher, whose academic pedigree goes back to Rudolph Bultmann. Richard now teaches a variety of courses from courses on Romans or Paul in general, to courses on… Read more

May 31, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, In addition to my post on Tom O’Loughlin, here is an absolutely brilliant and erudite piece by David Bentley Hart from First Things (June/July 2013). Hart outlines why disbelief or belief in gods and fairies (which he defines as things of this world/nature, i.e. created, if they exist) and disbelief in God. Also, make sure you look through Father Aidan’s posts, particularly on the Church Fathers. Yours, David Read more

May 31, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,Today I want to tell you about my original supervisor here at the University of Nottingham, Tom O’Loughlin. Tom is a bit of Renaissance Man in the field of theology. He has a BA in Philosophy and Medieval History from University College Dublin; a BD in Theology from St Patrick’s College; an MPhil and a PhD. Tom has done work in paleography, liturgy, ancient Irish and Welsh Christianity, Christian Origins, Patristics, Medieval Theology/Philosophy, and even works in… Read more

May 29, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to highlight Dr Alison Milbank. Alison and I share many affinities, particularly a love for combining (or showing the existing relationship between) literature and theology. Alison studied Theology and English Literature at Cambridge, doing her PhD at Lancaster. Alison’s work tends to focus in one sense on religion and culture and in another literature and theology. Her desire is to show how theology is and can be worked out through cultural poetic (that… Read more

May 29, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to tell you a bit about my other supervisor, Dr Mary Cunningham. Mary is a lecturer in Church History here at the University of Nottingham, teaching classes on general church history, asceticism, Mary the Mother of God, and more. Her primary foci are Byzantine History (she is a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church) and Mary the Mother of God. (It should also be noted that Mary is not related to one of… Read more

May 28, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, I’ve been at the University of Nottingham for nearly two years now and have gotten to know many members of our faculty fairly well. That being the case, I thought I would take some time to do posts on some of our faculty. These first posts I intend to do will be on faculty I think to be stellar, but relatively unknown (or at least not widely known). The first member of our faculty I wish… Read more

May 26, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today, for Western Christians, is Trinity Sunday. Today we set aside some time to contemplate a God that is both 1 and 3. This is terribly difficult understand. Since God is completely other than us, we can never come to full knowledge of him in his essence. Nevertheless, God has revealed himself to us and he has done so in three persons who are one. There are many heresies surrounding the notion of the Trinity. There… Read more

May 21, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Ordinary Time is now upon us. It is time to remember that God is not only present in the feasts and solemnities, but in the everyday as well. I may try and do a post later this week on the importance of Ordinary Time, and I’ll definitely do a post for Trinity Sunday. Today, however, I simply wanted to post something fun. Over the Easter Holiday, the Theology Department here at the University of Nottingham held… Read more

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