James Alison

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The Reverend
James Alison
Born 1959 (age 58–59)
London, England[1]
Residence Madrid, Spain
Alma mater Jesuit School of Philosophy and Theology
  • Theologian
  • clergyperson
Religion Christianity (Roman Catholic)
Church Latin Church
Ordained 1988 (priest)
Website jamesalison.co.uk

James Alison (born 1959) is an English Roman Catholic theologian and priest. He is noted for his application of René Girard's anthropological theory to Christian systematic theology and for his work on LGBT issues. He identifies as gay.[2][3]


James Alison was born in 1959, the son of Michael Alison and Sylvia Alison (née Haigh). He has a brother and a sister. In Faith Beyond Resentment he describes his family background as "conservative middle-class English evangelical Protestant".[4] His father was Michael Alison (died 2004), who, after leaving the University of Oxford, had spent some time studying theology at Ridley Hall and had gone on to become a prominent Conservative Member of Parliament (1964–1997) and Second Church Estates Commissioner (1987–1997).[5] Alison left the Church of England at the age of eighteen, to join the Roman Catholic Church.[6] He studied at Blackfriars College at the University of Oxford, and earned his bachelor's degree and doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Theology Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Alison was a member of the Dominican order – his master's degree is a Dominican lectorate – from 1981 to 1995. He has lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and the United States. Currently he works as a travelling preacher, lecturer and retreat giver, based in Madrid, Spain.[7]

Alison says that his disagreement with the official Roman Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality is based on official Catholic teaching concerning nature, grace and original sin (see homosexuality and Roman Catholicism).[8]



  1. ^ "Oral History: James Alison". LGBT Religious Archives Network. Retrieved 24 July 2018. 
  2. ^ "James Alison: Sexuality, Certainty and Salvation". RadioNational: Encounter. ABC.net.au. 8 January 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.jamesalison.co.uk/texts/eng67.html
  4. ^ http://jamesalison.co.uk/texts/eng22.html
  5. ^ "Michael Alison - Obituaries - News". The Independent. 2004-05-31. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Introduction to Faith Beyond Resentment, by James Alison". Jamesalison.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  7. ^ "About James Alison". forgivingvictim.com. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Good-faith learning and the fear of God, by James Alison". Jamesalison.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  9. ^ http://www.erealizacoes.com.br
  10. ^ http://www.erealizacoes.com.br

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