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Biography and Research
I am originally from the United States where I completed my undergraduate degree in biblical studies and theology (2005). For the next several years, I lived in Italy before coming to Durham to complete an MA thesis.
My MA thesis (Durham 2010) attempted to bring discussions from the philosophy of film into conversation with the field of religion and film.
My current research is on the reception of Søren Kierkegaard in 20th. century Catholic theology.
Although he is not always recognised as such, Søren Kierkegaard has been an important ally for Catholic theologians since the early twentieth century. Properly understanding this relationship and its origins offers valuable resources and insights to contemporary Catholic theology. However there are many obstacles to overcome: Kierkegaard has been viewed as an irrational Protestant irreconcilably at odds with Catholic thought. Nonetheless, the favourable mention of Kierkegaard in John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio is an indication that his work is not so easily dismissed. My research will provide a more sophisticated account of Kierkegaard’s reception among theologians associated with la nouvelle théologie. This will fill a gap in recent literature on la nouvelle théologie, which is noticeably silent on the influence of Kierkegaard's writings.
Feel free to contact me, if you are interested in joining the Italian Reading Workgroup in the department.
Other Research Interests
- 20th Century Catholic Theology
- Religion and Film
- Muslim-Christian Dialogue
Journal Papers: Academic
- 'On the Hermeneutics of Religious Film Criticism', Literature and Theology 26:1 March 2012. http://litthe.oxfordjournals.org/content/26/1/77.abstract
- 'A Theology of the Table', New Blackfriars 92 (1040) July 2011. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1741-2005.2010.01377.x/abstract
For Peer Reviewed Journals
Antonio Russo, ‘Franz Brentano and Cornelio Fabro: A Forgotten Chapter of the Brentanian Reception,’ in Axiomathes 23:1 (March 2013) pp. 1-9. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10516-013-9208-5
For IVP Academic
Nuovo dizionario patristico e di antichità cristiane, edited by Angelo Di Berardino (forthcoming).
- The Institutional Role of Muhammad and the non-Muslim Minority by Fr. Paolo Nicelli, for Encounter n. 378 October 2012.
- The Islamic Reformation and the Ideas of the Early Reformers (parts 1 & 2) by Paolo Nicelli, for Encounter n. 368 September 2011 and n. 369 October 2011.
- The Mu'tazila and the Neo-Mu'tazilism of Muhammad 'Abduh: The Debate between Faith and Reason by Paolo Nicelli, for Encounter n. 358 October 2010 .
- Historical Aspects of the Caliph and Its Theological and Juridical Dimensions by Paolo Nicelli, for Encounter n.349 November 2009.
- Repudiation in Islamic Marriage and the Reaction of the Italian Legal System by Fiore Costantino,for Encounter n.345 May-June 2009.
- Reading Marracci and the Kaššâf Critically by Massimo Rizzi,for Encounter n. 344 April 2009.
- John L. Esposito, The Future of Islam, for Heythrop Journal (forthcoming).
- Jan-Erik Lane & Hamadi Redissi, Religion and Politics: Islam and Muslim Civilisation, for Heythrop Journal (forthcoming).
- Clinton Bennett, Understanding Christian-Muslim Relations, for Heythrop Journal (forthcoming).
- Jason Mahn, Fortunate Fallibility: Kierkegaard and the Power of Sin, for Reviews in Religion and Theology 19:4 September 2012. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9418.2012.01125.x/abstract
- Rick Anthony Furtak, Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript: A Critical Guide, for Reviews in Religion and Theology 19:4 September 2012. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9418.2012.01110.x/abstract
- Colby Dickinson, Agamben and Theology, for Literature and Theology 26:2 June 2012; pp. 239-241. http://litthe.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/01/03/litthe.frr062.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=23jwN7zKjgitARG
- Stephen Backhouse, Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism, for Theology 115:2 2012; pp. 136-137. http://tjx.sagepub.com./content/115/2/109.full.pdf+html
- David Grumett & Rachel Muers, Theology on the Menu: Asceticism, meat and Christian diet, for Reviews in Religion and Theology 19:1 January 2012. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9418.2011.00965.x/abstract
- George Pattison, Crucifixions and Resurrections of the Image: Christian Reflections on Art and Modernity, for Reviews in Religion & Theology 18:2 March 2011. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9418.2011.00798.x/abstract
- Steve Nolan, Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Religious Film, for Reviews in Religion & Theology 18:1 January 2011. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9418.2010.00754.x/abstract