George Pattison

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George Pattison (born 1950) is a leading British systematic theologian and Anglican priest.

Pattison is currently Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow succeeding Professor Werner Jeanrond who then became Master of St Benet's Hall at the University of Oxford in 2012. Pattison began his professorship at Glasgow in September 2013.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Glasgow, Pattison was Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and a canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford from 2004-2013.

In 2004, Pattison succeeded John Webster[1] who took up the professorship in systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen. Before moving to Oxford, Pattison was an associate professor at the University of Århus (2002–03) and previously the Dean of the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge (1991–2001). He holds a Bachelor of Divinity and M.A. from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of Durham.


Pattison's works range from historical, theological and philosophical engagement with the works of Hans Lassen Martensen, Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger and Fyodor Dostoyevsky to theological studies of the aesthetics of film and the visual arts. His latest work has engaged with philosophical notions of ontology, entering into the discussion about whether it is meaningful or helpful to speak of God in terms of "being".[2]

Major works[edit]

  • Art, Modernity and Faith (1991)
  • Kierkegaard: the Aesthetic and the Religious (1992)
  • Agnosis: Theology in the Void (1996)
  • Kierkegaard and the Crisis of Faith (1997)
  • The End of Theology and the Task of Thinking about God (1998)
  • Anxious Angels (1999)
  • The Later Heidegger (2000)
  • A Short Course in the Philosophy of Religion (2001)
  • Dostoevsky and the Christian Tradition (ed. with D.Thompson, 1991)
  • A Short Course in Christian Doctrine (2005)
  • The Philosophy of Kierkegaard (2005)
  • Thinking about God in an Age of Technology (2006)
  • Crucifixions and Resurrections of the Image: Reflections on Art and Modernity (SCM, 2009)
  • God and Being (OUP, 2011)

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