Philip G. Ziegler

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  • Most broadly, my research concerns topics in Christian dogmatics with particular interest the developments and trajectories of modern Protestant theology. In this regard I investigate the legacies of key thinkers such as Søren Kierkegaard,  Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Interest in the latter two figures is something I share with a number of my colleagues at Aberdeen. Together with Mike Mawson, I am editing the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Related to my wider interests, I am currently editing the volume of the Edinburgh Critical History of Christian Theology that covers the 20th century.
  • In recent years I have been investigating the significance of recent biblical scholarship on ‘Pauline apocalyptic’ for Christian theology and ethics. Collaboration on this work has been facilitated by a working group, ‘Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic which regularly organised sessions during the annual meeting of the AAR/SBL each November.  A collection of my work in this area is to be published with Baker Academic in early 2018 under the working title A Militant Grace.
  • Beginning in the Autumn of 2017 colleagues and I will be collaborating in new ways on research projects under the auspices of the newly founded Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology.
  • In the Epiphany Term of 2017 I held the Alan Richardson Fellowship at Durham University  to work on a project exploring modern philosophical critiques of Christian faith and theology.
  • I am Editor-in-Chief of Brill Research Perspectives in Theological Traditions.
  • Together with Ian MacFarland and Ivor Davidson, I edit the T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology series.
  • I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Reformed Theology.


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