Skip to main content

Mr Isaac Frisby

PhD Student & Teaching Assistant

PhD Student & Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theology and Religion
PhD student in the Department of Theology and Religion


Having completed my initial training in Medieval Studies, which included history, theology, philosophy, palaeography and literature, I undertook a PGDip in Biblical Studies at King's College London, where I specialised in languages and literature, and received a distinction for my dissertation, which offered a re-reading of Matthew 17:24-27.

After four years working in the charity sector I undertook my masters training at Durham University, where I received a distinction overall and in my dissertation, in which I explored perception in relation to the beatific vision (or theoria) through the work of the patristic theologian Basil of Caesarea (On the Holy Spirit) and the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty ('Eye and Mind').

I commenced doctoral research in 2022 under the supervision of Canon Proferssor Simon Oliver. My thesis takes its departure from the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (381) which calls the Holy Spirit 'the giver of life.' My interest is in what way the Spirit is the giver, not only of 'spiritual' or 'resurrection' life, but of 'biological' life. To explore how this might be understood in a way other than metaphorical I consult the philosophical theology of the Russian Orthodox theologian Sergius Bulgakov and the philosophy of biology and the phenomenological ontology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

From October 2023 to March 2024 I have been a seminar tutor for two undergraduate modules: (THEO1191) Introduction to Christian Theology and (THEO1921) God and the Good: Philosophy of Religion of Ethics. I have also held a number of student representative roles during both MA and PhD study.

Research interests

  • Philosophical Theology
  • Phenomenology
  • Pneumatology
  • Modern Orthodox Theology
  • Patristics
  • Philosophy of Biology