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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


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 & Bonaventure)


Theology of the Trinity

Fourteenth Century spirituality of the Low Countries (especially Ruusbroec)


Authored book

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • 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.

Journal Article

  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2019). Assent to Faith, Theology and Scientia in Aquinas. New Blackfriars 100(1088): 410-424.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2019). Searching for a Connection: Prayer and contemplation 'broadly conceived' in Thomas Aquinas. Ephemerides Theologicae Lovaniensis 95(2): 283-298.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2017). "Recipientes per contemplationem, tradentes per actionem": The Relation between the Active and Contemplative Lives according to Thomas Aquinas. The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review 81(1): 1-30.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2017). Contemplation, Intellectus, and Simplex Intuitus in Aquinas: Recovering a Neoplatonic Theme. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 91(2): 199-225.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2016). Aquinas on Contemplation: a Neglected Topic. 9-33.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2016). Contemplation, Attention, and the Distinctive Nature of Catholic Education. Journal of Catholic Higher Education 35: 193-209.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2014). Contemplation and Sacraments: How to Make Sense of Sacraments in an Allegedly De-Ontologised World: an Encounter between Gadamer and Thomas Aquinas. Louvain Studies 38: 111-125.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2013). Charity, Intellect, and Contemplation in St Thomas Aquinas: Contemporary Relevance. Year Book of the Irish Philosophical Society 129-150.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2010). Catholic Theology in the Thirteenth Century and the Origins of Secularisation. Irish Theological Quarterly 75: 339-354.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2009). The Religious Disposition as a Resource to Resist Instrumentalisation. The Heythrop Journal 50: 689-696.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2005). Albert Camus, Simone Weil and the Absurd. Irish Theological Quarterly 70: 343-354.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2005). The Christian Response to Suffering and the Significance of the Model of the Church as Body of Christ. Angelicum 82: 595-609.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2004). Karl Rahner, Theologian of the Experience of God? Louvain Studies 29: 92-106.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, R. (2004). The Religious and the Aesthetic Attitude. Literature and Theology 18(2): 174-186.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2003). St Anselm and St Thomas Aquinas on 'Satisfaction': Or how Catholic and Protestant understandings of the Cross differ. Angelicum 80: 159-176.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2001). In the Image of God: the Trinitarian Anthropology of St Bonaventure, St Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Jan van Ruusbroec - Part I. Irish Theological Quarterly 66: 109-123.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2001). In the Image of God: the Trinitarian Anthropology of St Bonaventure, St Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Jan van Ruusbroec - Part II. Irish Theological Quarterly 66: 227-237.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2001). The Franciscan Inspiration of Ruusbroec's Mystical Theology - Ruusbroec in Dialogue with Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas. Ons Geestelijk Erf 75: 102-115.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2000). Neoplatonism, Regiratio and Trinitarian Theology. A Look at Ruusbroec. Hermathena 169: 169-188.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2000). Ruusbroec: Apophatic Theologian or Phenomenologist of the Mystical Experience?. Journal of Religion (80): 83-105.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (1998). Meister Eckhart and Jan van Ruusbroec: A Comparison. Medieval Philosophy and Theology 7: 157-193.