Revd Dr Gabrielle Thomas
Biography and Research
As an undergraduate I thoroughly enjoyed reading Classics; this developed into a passion for theology. I completed my doctoral work in historical theology at the University of Nottingham in July 2017.
My current research forms two primary strands:
Firstly, during the course of the next two years, I will be working closely with NBCW-sponsored regional ecumenical discussion groups, together with interviewing key individuals, in order to explore, using the methodology of receptive ecumenism, the diverse experiences women have of participating and ministering within the UK churches, the difficulties and challenges which arise, and what fruitful learning might occur across the traditions.
Secondly, I am developing my PhD thesis (completed in 2017) into a monograph for publication. This aspect of my research centres around the theological anthropology of Gregory Nazianzen. I am particularly interested in the retrieval of early church fathers and mothers with a view to how they might contribute to contemporary theology.
I teach on and convene the first year module 'Introduction to Christian Theology'
In addition to these I serve as a Minor Canon at Durham Cathedral and am keen to dialogue between the academy and the church. To this end, I have recently gathered a team of theologians and together we shall be launching a Grove Books doctrine series. I am interested to hear from anyone who would like to know more about this.
- Thomas, Gabrielle (2019). The Image of God in the Theology of Gregory of Nazianzus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Chapter in book
- Thomas, Gabrielle (2018). Vulnerable, Yet Divine: Retrieving Gregory Nazianzen's Account of the Imago Dei. In The Christian Doctrine of Humanity: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics. Crisp, Oliver & Sanders, Fred Zondervan.
- Thomas, Gabrielle (2019). The Human Icon: Gregory of Nazianzus on Being an Imago Dei. Scottish Journal of Theology 72(2): 166-181.
- Thomas, Gabrielle (2018). A Call for Hospitality: Learning from a Particular Example of Women’s Grass Roots Practice of Receptive Ecumenism in the U.K. Exchange 47(4): 335-349
- Thomas, Gabrielle (2017). P. A. Riches, Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xxii, 279. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7231-9. Modern Believing 58(3): 272-274.
- Thomas, Gabrielle (2016), Gregory Nazianzen on the Devil and the Image of God: “Worship me!”, in Vincent, Marcus & Brent, Allan eds, Studia Patristica, Vol. LXXIV Fifth British Patristics Conference. London, 3-5 September 2014., Peeters, Leuven, 181-190.