Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

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Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge
Faculty of Divinity building
Established 1959 (1959)
Location Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
52°12′07″N 0°06′29″E / 52.2019°N 0.1080°E / 52.2019; 0.1080Coordinates: 52°12′07″N 0°06′29″E / 52.2019°N 0.1080°E / 52.2019; 0.1080
Campus Sidgwick Site
Website www.divinity.cam.ac.uk

Divinity has been taught in the University of Cambridge since its foundation in the early 13th century,[1] around the time that the University itself was founded.[2] The Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity is the oldest professorial chair in the University, being established in 1502.[1] Divinity (in some form or other) is one of only two subjects to have been taught continuously throughout the history of the University.[3]

The Faculty Today[edit]

The Faculty is now situated on the University's Sidgwick Site,[4] in the west of the city, with the current Faculty building being officially opened in 2001.[5] It is part of the Cambridge Theological Federation, offering academic training to ordinands as well as to the University's own undergraduates.[6]

The current undergraduate degree is called "Theological and Religious Studies" rather than Divinity, reflecting the range of topics and diversification in the field covered by the teaching.[7]

Subject Areas[edit]

Thematic and disciplinary areas of teaching and research in the Faculty of Divinity:[8]

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Christian Theology
  • History of Christianity
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religious Studies
  • Late antiquity
  • Hebrew, Jewish, Early Christian
  • World Christianities
  • Scriptural languages

Notable Senior Members[edit]

The following are notable past and present senior members of the Faculty of Divinity.[9]




  1. ^ a b A brief history of theology at Cambridge, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge,
  2. ^ 800 Years of History: Cambridge through the Centuries, University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Introductory lecture, Divinity faculty, October 2008
  4. ^ Official Map:Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ plaque, Faculty of Divinity building
  6. ^ The Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh), Cambridge Theological Foundation, University of Cambridge.
  7. ^ The undergraduate Tripos.
  8. ^ Subject areas, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.
  9. ^ Staff, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.


David M. Thompson, Cambridge Theology in the Nineteenth Century: Enquiry, Controversy and Truth (London: Ashgate, 2008).