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Dr Edward Epsen

Teaching Fellow in Systematic and Philosophical Theology

Tel: 020 7848 2459
Address: Department of Theology & Religious Studies,
Room 3.14 Virginia Woolf Building, 
King's College London
22 Kingsway


Edward Epsen studied mathematics and philosophy at Arizona State University and went on to do PhD in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a lecturer for the University of Pennsylvania and Champlain College, and as an adjunct professor for Colby-Sawyer College.

From 2010-2014 Edward Epsen worked as a social entrepreneur, founding and managing Henwyn Farm. Before joining King’s in 2017, he completed his doctorate in systematic theology at Durham University with a thesis on the Christian doctrine of creation. 

Research interests
  • Constructive Christian philosophical theology, especially on creation and Christology
  • The theology-science dialogue and its history
  • Christian Platonism and its history, especially Bishop Berkeley and the early modern period
  • Religious epistemology, especially of the Christian spiritual life
Edward Epsen’s research is in the area of historically-informed constructive philosophical theology. He is interested in the way in which philosophical resources, both traditional and contemporary, can be of aid in the exposition and understanding of Christian doctrine. He tends to focus on doctrinal loci that naturally overlap with metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. To date, his research has focused on questions regarding creation, Providence, the Incarnation, and God’s relation to time. Going forward, his research is concerned with questions about the internal ontological organization of the created order, especially the relation between the phenomenal and the physical.   
Selected publications
  • “Why God Had to Have an Immaculate Mother”, New Blackfriars (2016) 97:560-574
  • “The Beauty of the Incarnation and the Sublimity of Death” in Natalya Ermolaevna (ed.) Beauty and the Beautiful in Eastern Christianity (New York: Theotokos Press, 2012)
  • “Charity and the Two Economies” in Matthew Pereira (ed.) Philanthropy and Social Compassion in Eastern Orthodox Tradition (New York: Theotokos Press, 2010)
  • “Eternity is a Present, Time is Its Unwrapping”, Heythrop Journal (2010) 51: 417-429
Dr Epsen teaches modules in Systematic  and Philosophical Theology at all levels (undergraduate and postgraduate) and supervises research projects in the same area. 
Expertise and public engagement

In November 2015, along with the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, Dr Epsen helped to organize “The Tablet 175th Anniversary: The Spirit of Catholic Renewal”, at which he also presented a public lecture on “Lay Vocation and Church Renewal”. 

He has given talks at several international conferences, including those of the American Academy of Religion, the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, and the Sophia Institute: International Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture.

Recently he gave a video presentation on the thought of Bishop Berkeley for The Video Timeline Project of St Johns Nottingham.

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