Department of Theology and Religion
Welcome to the Department of Theology and Religion
The Department of Theology and Religion submitted forty members of staff, comprising 37.2 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE), to the REF Theology and Religious Studies UoA. The submission included seven Early Career Researchers.
Influencing church debates on same-sex relationships
Prominent theologians from our Department of Theology and Religion are driving the discussion forward on same-sex relationships and equal marriage.
Key impact developments
Since the REF submission, Dr Anna Rowlands has informed debates about refugee migration brought about by the war in Ukraine.
See for example Government response to Ukrainian refugees 'completely inadequate' (thetablet.co.uk) and St Paul’s Cathedral lecture: Illuminating Dark Times Catholic Social Teaching for all - February 2022 - YouTube.
In 2021, Professor Chris Cook was awarded Oskar Pfister Award by the American Psychiatric Association, for outstanding contributions in the field of psychiatry and religion.
Read about Chris Cook’s research on Hearing Voices, Demonic and Divine: Scientific and Theological Perspectives and the WPA position statement on spirituality and religion in psychiatry.
Read more on our impact case studies.
Projects and Publications
The Department of Theology and Religion aims to to understand, challenge, and enrich traditions of thought and practice via an improved comprehension of their history, and by attending to neglected voices and resources. It trains researchers in an environment which is being continually developed through interdisciplinary interaction. The Department aims to shape academic and public discourse, on the understanding that many pressing social and political problems require a critical yet respectful engagement with religious commitments and practices.
Theology and Religion REF Impact Case Studies
Our research themes - Biblical Studies (including Hebrew Bible, New Testament, early Christianity, early Judaism), Christian Theology (including historical and contemporary theology, philosophy, ethics), Study of Religion (including the study of contemporary religion and its contexts of practice).
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Embracing Transformative Humanities, we respond to global change through the world-leading research being conducted in our Research Centres, including:
- Dr Anna Rowlands’ work on migration in the context of the Ukraine Conflict (Centre for Catholic Studies)
- Our development in the research area of Religion and Conflict (Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies)
- Professor Chris Cook's work co-investigating on the ‘Hearing the Voice’ Project, the recipient of the 2020 AHRC prize for Best Research in Medical Humanities (Centre for Spirituality, Theology and Health)
- Our growing engagement with local hospices and funeral directors – including within the Covid-19 context (Centre for Death and Life Studies).
Professor Karen Kilby, Bede Professor of Catholic Theology, recorded a short video about her latest book for the 2021 Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Celebration.