About this Fellow
Born Louth, Lincolnshire. After schooling at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, and Waterloo Grammar School, Liverpool, studied at the universities of Cambridge (mathematics; theology) and Edinburgh (MTh thesis on Karl Barth). Taught at the universities of Oxford (1970-1985), Goldsmiths, University of London (1985-1995), Durham (1996-2010), and the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, as Visiting Professor of Eastern Orthodox Theology (2010-2014); presently, Professor Emeritus, Durham University, and Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Also priest of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) from 2003 (archpriest from 2014), serving the parish in Durham. Author of ten books, and many articles, in theology and the history of the Christian Church, especially in patristics, and modern Orthodox theology.
- Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham
- Visiting Professor of Eastern Orthodox Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2010 - 2014
- Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2015
British Academy Appointments
- Member of Council, 2011 - 2014
The Old Testament; theory and practice of biblical interpretation, biblical ethics, history of the Old and New Testament canons, and prophecy in ancient Israel.
Islamic history 1050-1250, especially Iran and Syria; Muslim perspectives of the crusades, the scholar al-Ghazali and the caliphate.
Sanskritic Hindu thought, including classical Vedanta, and 19th-century Bengal; comparative study, with special reference to Hinduism and Indian Christianity
Social history of Christianity in western Europe and the USA in the 19th and 20th century, including urban and working class history, secularisation and international comparison