Graham Ward (theologian)

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Graham Ward
Born (1955-10-25) 25 October 1955 (age 61)
Nationality British
Occupation Theologian, priest
Theological work
Tradition or movement Postmodern theology

Graham Ward (born 25 October 1955) has been Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford since 2012. He is a priest of the Church of England and was formerly the Samuel Ferguson Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics and the Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester. Previous to that he was the Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics (1998–2009) and Senior Fellow in Religion and Gender (1997–1998) at the university. Prior to this he was, successively, a chaplain and fellow at Exeter College, Oxford, a part-time lecturer at the University of Birmingham and the Dean and Director of Studies for Theology at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was ordained deacon in 1990 and priest in 1991,[1] having originally studied English and French at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and then studied theology at Selwyn College while training for ordination at Westcott House.[2]

Ward has engaged in different fields of theology (especially postmodern theology and other disciplines such as philosophy, psychoanalysis, gender studies and Queer Theory.[3] He has written on the theology of language, postmodernism, cultural analysis and christology. His contemporary research focuses on Christian social ethics, political theory and cultural hermeneutics. He is editor of three book series: Radical Orthodoxy (Routledge), Christian Theology in Context[4] (OUP) and Illuminations: Religion & Theory (Blackwell).

Books and edited volumes[edit]

  • Unbelievable: Why We Believe and Why We Don't (I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, 2014)
  • The Politics of Discipleship: Becoming Postmaterial Citizens (Baker Academic, 2009)
  • Christ and Culture (Blackwell, 2005)
  • Cultural Transformation and Religious Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • True Religion (Blackwell, 2002)
  • Cities of God (Routledge, 2000)
  • Theology and Contemporary Critical Theory (Macmillan, 1996, 2nd edition 2000)
  • Barth, Derrida and the language of theology (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
  • (Edited, with Michael Hoelzl) Religion and Political Thought (Continuum, 2006)
  • (Edited) The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology (Blackwell, 2004)
  • (Edited) The Certeau Reader (2000)
  • (Edited) Theology and Masculinity (The Journal of Men's Studies, Vol. 7, 1999)
  • (Edited, with John Milbank and Catherine Pickstock) Radical Orthodoxy: a New Theology (Routledge, 1998)
  • (Edited) The Postmodern God: a Theological Reader (Blackwell, 1997)


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