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Dr Rik Van Nieuwenhove

Associate Professor of Medieval Thought in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43604
Room number: Dun Cow Cottage 002

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Research Interests

Medieval Theology (especially Thomas Aquinas)


Theology of the Trinity

Fourteenth Century spirituality of the Low Countries (especially Ruusbroec)

Selected Publications

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  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik & Crozier, William (2020). 'The Trinity'. In The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology. Howells, E. & McIntosh, M. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 465-483.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2020). 'Trinitarian Indwelling'. In The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology. Howells, E. & McIntosh, M. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 388-403.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2019). Protest Theism, Aquinas, and Suffering. In Suffering and the Christian Life. Kilby, Karen & Davies, Rachel London: Bloomsbury. 71-86.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2018). 'Art, Contemplation and intellectus. Aquinas and Gadamer in conversation'. In Art and Mysticism: Interfaces in the Medieval and Modern Periods. Nelstrop, Louise & Appleton, Helen Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 70-86.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2018). Catholic Piety from Ruusbroec and the Devotio Moderna to the Legacy of Pierre de Bérulle. In The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology. Ayres, L. & Volpe, M. Oxford University Press.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2016). Commitments to Medieval Mystical Texts within Contemporary Contexts: Some Reflections on Medieval Mystical Texts as ‘Classic’ Texts in the Gadamerian Sense. In Commitments to Medieval Mystical Texts within Contemporary Contexts. Kikuchi, Satoshi & Cooper, Patrick Peeters. 239-253.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2016). Ruusbroec’s notion of the contemplative life and his understanding of the human person. In Mystical Anthropology - Authors from the Low Countries. Faesen, Rob & Arblaster, John Routledge. 73-88.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2015). Late Medieval Atonement Theologies. In The Oxford Handbook of Christology. Murphy, Francesca Aran & Troy, Stefano Oxford: Oxford University Press. 250-264.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2014). Ruusbroec, Jordaens, and Herp on the Common Life: the Transformation of a Spiritual Ideal. In A Companion to Ruusbroec. Faesen, Rob Leiden Boston: Brill. 51: 204-236.
  • Van Nieuwenhove,Rik (2013). Retrieving a Sacramental Worldview in a Mechanistic World. In To Discern Creation in a Scattering World. Depoortere, F. & Haers, J. Peeters. 262: 539-558.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2013). The Sacrament of Marriage. In Priesthood Today. Conway, Eamonn Veritas. 369-380.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2013). The Tradition of Medieval Theology as a Source for Doing Theology in Post-modern Times: Gratuity and Transcendence in Medieval Theology. In The Shaping of Tradition. Context and Normativity. Dickinson, Colby, Boeve, Lieven & Merrigan, Terrence Peeters. 173-184.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2012). The Saving Work of Christ. In The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas. Davies, Brian & Stump, Eleonore Oxford University Press. 436-447.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2009). Trinity, Faith and Mysticism: The Need for a Medieval Ressourcement. In Trinity and Salvation. Theological, Spiritual and Aesthetic Perspectives. Marmion, D. & Thiessen, G. Peter Lang. 65-80.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2005). Experience and Mystical Theology in the Fourteenth Century. An Examination of Ruusbroec. In Encountering Transcendence. Contributions to a Theology of Christian Experience. Boeve, Lieven, Geybels, Hans & Van den Bossche, Stijn Peeters. 411-424.

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