Denys Turner

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Denys Alan Turner (born 5 August 1942) is a British academic in the fields of philosophy and theology. He is Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology emeritus at Yale University having been appointed in 2005, previously having been Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University. He earned his D.Phil in Philosophy from Oxford University. He has written widely on political theory and social theory in relation to Christian theology, as well as on Medieval thought, in particular, mystical theology and Christian Mysticism.

Prior to his position at Cambridge, he was Professor of Theology and Head of Department at Birmingham and has also held Head of Department at the University of Bristol. Turner also worked at University College, Dublin and Manhattanville College, New York.

Turner has three children: Ruth, John and Brendan.


  • On the Philosophy of Karl Marx, Dublin: Sceptre (1968), pp. 93.
  • Marxism and Christianity, Oxford: Blackwell (1983), pp. 256. Paperback edn. 1984.
  • Eros and Allegory, Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications (1995), pp. vi + 471.
  • The Darkness of God, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1995), pp. xi + 278. Paperback edition published September, 1998. Fourth impression, November, 1999. Electronic edition, 2002.
  • Faith Seeking, London: SCM (2002), pp.xiii + 146.
  • Faith, Reason, and the Existence of God, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2004), pp. xix + 271.
  • Julian of Norwich, Theologian, New Haven: Yale University Press (2011), pp. 304. ISBN 978-0-300-16391-9. ISBN 0-300-16391-6.
  • Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait, New Haven: Yale University Press (2013)

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