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King's Theology Seminar

The King's Theology Seminar specialises in Christian theology and philosophical theology. As well as treating traditional systematic theology, the Seminar hosts researchers who consider theological themes from various disciplinary perspectives, and seeks to facilitate collaborative explorations of theology's relations to culture, philosophy, and religious life.

Unless otherwise stated below, the seminars are held on Tuesday mornings at 11:00am in Room 3.01, Virginia Woolf Building , followed by a drinks reception in the TRS department lounge.  The themes explored range over the whole of Christian theology, as well its relations with other disciplines and other faiths.

Speakers are invited from universities and other institutions in the UK, and occasionally from abroad.

Academic staff and graduate students at King’s and other London-based colleges are invited to attend.

For further information, please contact Dr Susannah Ticciati. 

King's Theology Seminars 2019-20

Semester 1

Tuesday 1 October
Dr Chris Wojtulewicz

Free Research Associate, The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

“Over-recognising Christ? A Metaphysical and Psychoanalytic Encounter with Risen Flesh”

Tuesday 15 October
Professor Andrew Steane

Professor of Physics, Exeter College, University of Oxford

"Science and humanity: a fresh look at the nature of scientific explanation"

Tuesday 5 November
Dr Emily Kempson

Lecturer and Tutor of Theology, St Mellitus College

“A God called ‘Truth’: An Exercise in Constructive Theological Recovery, with reference to Augustine and the Old Testament"

Tuesday 3 December
Professor Christopher Insole

Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics, Durham University

“Negative Natural Theology: Divinity and the Limits of Reason”

RIST Seminars 2018-19

Summer term

Tuesday 8 May

Gunton Day
RIST seminar at 11am: James Hawkey, Title TBC
Gunton Lecturer: Karen Kilby
Lecture to be held at 6pm in K3.11
“The theological location of paradox: an ecumenical exploration of nature, grace and sin”
Student presentations from 2pm

Tuesday 21 May
Wai Luen Kwok
Associate Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University
Title TBC

Semester 2

Tuesday 22 January
Dr Jason Fout
Associate Professor of Anglican Theology
Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation
"Through the Darkest Valley: Walking with, eating with - and loving enemies"

Tuesday 5 February
Dr Clare Carlisle
Reader in Philosophy and Theology, and AKC Programme Director, King's College London
"The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard: Theology and Biography"

Tuesday 12 February

Professor George Pattison
1640 Chair of Divinity, University of Glasgow
“Being called: the rhetoric of vocation in an age of technology”

Note: This seminar will be held 2:30-4:00pm, WATERLOO JCMB G.14, and will be followed by a book launch seminar and drinks reception for 'The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought' by George Pattison and Kate Kirkpatrick, with responses from Clare Carlisle, Fiona Ellis, and Chris Hamilton, 4:30-6:30pm, STRAND, River Room.

Tuesday 26 Feb           

Rt Revd Peter Selby
Visiting Professor, King’s College London
Memento pati: theological implications of changed public approaches to mortality”

Tuesday 19 March

Dr Simon Podmore
Assocate Professor, Liverpool Hope University
"Dark Night of the Holy: Trauma and the Negative Numinous"

Semester 1

Tuesday 2 October 2018
Dr Kate Kirkpatrick
Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Culture, King's College London
"Sin Without God: Sartre’s Realized Eschatology of Damnation"

Tuesday 16 October 2018
Dr Darren Sarisky
Lecturer in Modern Theology, University of Oxford
"Religious Commitment in Scriptural Reasoning"

Tuesday 6 November 2018
Dr Robin Orton
Visiting Research Fellow, King's College London
"Gregory of Nyssa on the Creation: Religion and Science in In Haexemeron"

Tuesday 27 November
Professor Fiona Ellis
Professor of Philosophy, Heythrop College
"Between Orthodox Theism and Materialist Atheism"

RIST Seminars 2017-18

Summer term

2 May 2018
Gunton Day (with student presentations from 2pm followed by Guest Lecture at 6pm)
Gunton Lecturer: Professor Mark D. Jordan, Mellon Professor of Christian Thought, Harvard Divinity School, and Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, Sexuality, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University

Title: "Sexual Identities and Sexual Vocations"

8 May 2018
Dr Janet Sidaway      
Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London
Title: TBA

Semester 2

23 January 2018
Dr Vittorio Montemaggi
Lecturer in Religion and the Arts, King’s College London

“Darkness and Goodness: Reading Dante’s Inferno (as Theology)”

6 February 2018
The Revd Dr Malcolm Guite
Bye-Fellow and Chaplain, Girton College, Cambridge

“‘Tell it Slant’: some reflections on poetry and incarnation, drawing on Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Seamus Heaney”

27 February 2018
Dr Judith Wolfe
Professor of Philosophical Theology and Associate Director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, University of St Andrews

“Directions in 20th-Century Eschatology”

20 March 2018
Dr Sarah Apetrei
Fellow in Ecclesiastical History, Keble College, Oxford
"The Reformation of the Heart: mystical theology, enthusiasm and the seventeenth-century Church of England"

Semester 1

3 October 2017
Professor Ben Quash
Professor of Christianity and the Arts, King’s College London
“The Imago Pietatis: Brought into the fold”
17 October 2017
Dr Lydia Schumacher
Senior Research Fellow in Medieval Theology and Philosophy
“The Early Franciscan Doctrine of Atonement: Redeeming Penal Substitution Theory”
7 November 2017
The Revd Dr James Walters
Chaplain to the London School of Economics and Political Science
 “Redeeming Money: The Quest for an Economy of Generosity”
28 November 2017
Dr Edward Epsen
Teaching Fellow in Systematic and Philosophical Theology, King’s College London
“Banners of the Double Kingdom: How to Identify the Product of Creation and Its Order”

RIST Seminars 2016-17

Summer term


2 May 2017

Dr Nicholas Sagovsky

Visiting Professor, King’s College London, and Whitelands Professorial Fellow, Roehampton University

“'What Makes a Saint? A Lincoln Case-Study”


9 May 2017

Professor Karen Kilby

Bede Professor of Catholic Theology, Durham University

“The darkness of suffering and the darkness of God”


16 May 2017

Lord Harries of Pentregarth
Honorary Professor of Theology, King’s College London, and former Bishop of Oxford

“The beauty and the horror: searching for God in a suffering world”


16 May 2017

Colin Gunton Lecture (6pm, K2.31)
Professor Oliver O’Donovan

Professor Emeritus, Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, University of Edinburgh

“Hugo Grotius, Theologian?”

To be held at 6pm in K2.31 (King’s Building, Strand Campus)

The Lecture will be preceded by student presentations from 2.30pm, and a wine reception at 5.15pm (all in K2.31).


23 May 2017 

Professor Markus Mühling

Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

“On the Way to a Post-Systematic Theology: Considerations on a Narrative Ontological Approach”


Semester 2

24 January 2017         
Dr Elizabeth Powell
Teaching Associate, University of Cambridge
“‘A Living Lettering’: The Art of th Incarnate Word and David Jones’s Painted Inscriptions”
7 February 2017
Dr Ben Fulford
Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, University of Chester
“Providence and Progressive Politics: Hans Frei and American Social Ethics”
28 February 2017
Dr Simone Kotva
Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
“Grace: A Stylistics”
14 March 2017
Dr Justin Stratis
Tutor in Christian Doctrine, Trinity College, Bristol
“Modern English Trinitarianism and the Turn to the Social: Exploring the Welch Thesis”
28 March 2017
Dr Brett Gray
Chaplain and Director of Studies, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge“Towards a Positively Skeptical Theology of Institution: Ecclesiology in a Post-Establishment Age”

Semester 1

4 October 2016              
The Revd Professor Sam Wells
Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London
 “A Peace the World Cannot Give: Christianity and Violence”
18 October 2016         
The Revd Canon Professor Vernon White
Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey, and Visiting Professor of Theology at King’s College London
“An impossible but necessary doctrine: Providence revisited”
8 November 2016              
Dr Simeon Zahl
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Nottingham
“What Does Salvation Feel Like? The Holy Spirit, Affectivity, and the Experience of Grace”
30 November 2016            
Dr Casey Strine (with response from Dr Susannah Ticciati)
Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Sheffield
“Migration, Image, and Exegetical Imagination: A Case Study from Gen 25-33”
[Joint seminar with Biblical Studies Research Seminar to be held at 5pm, room VWB 3.01]
6 December 2016              
Dr Ruth Jackson
Research Associate, CRASSH, University of Cambridge
“In Dialogue and Through Time: Friedrich Schleiermacher's Theology of Finitude”
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