Dr Amy Orr-Ewing

Dr Amy Orr-Ewing
Dr Amy Orr-Ewing
Dr Amy Orr-Ewing

Honorary Lecturer



Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing is an international author, speaker and theologian. Amy is the author of multiple books including ‘Where is God in All the Suffering?’ and bestsellers, ‘Why Trust The Bible?’ and 'Mary's Voice: Advent Reflections to Contemplate the Coming of Christ.'

Over the last twenty years, Amy has given lectures and answered questions on university campuses around the world in 35 countries. She has also addressed Parliamentarians in the Speakers Rooms and Chapel at the UK Parliament and staffers on Capitol Hill, and at the West Wing of the White House. She regularly responds to invitations to speak in banks, businesses, and consultancy firms as well as churches and conferences.

Amy is interested in the intersection of questions of meaning and faith with the marketplace, education, leadership and policymaking. Amy holds a doctorate (DPhil) in Theology from the University of Oxford. Her thesis was entitled The Apologetic Value of Theological Truth Through Story and Pattern in the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers. She gives lectures and seminars on Sayers and C.S. Lewis and regularly interacts with postgraduate students who are working on projects involving Sayers. Her theological interests included Christianity and Women, Truth and Meaning, Christian Belief, and Contemporary Christian Apologetics.

Amy specialises in the public communication of theology, engaging people outside of the academy with theological ideas and discussions. This includes broadcasting on the BBC and writing in national newspapers such as The Times. Her website www.amyorr-ewing.com is a good source for her work.


External Memberships

Member of the Archbishop of Canterbury College of Evangelists. 2020-23

Senior Fellow, OCCA, The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. 2021-22

Prizes and Awards

Runner up in the Michael Ramsey Prize 2023 awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the MacDonald Agape Foundation. For 'Where is God in All the Suffering?'


Awarded the Alphege Award for Evangelism and Witness by The Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace in June 2023 "For exceptional dedication, skill and insight in advocating for the good news of Jesus Christ and unflinching commitment that the church embodies the truth and grace of which it speaks."


Research Overview

Theological contribution of Dorothy L. Sayers.

Women and theology.

Research Areas

Religious Studies

Research Specialisms

  • Theology
  • Theology and Religious Studies

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Past Research

Amy Orr-Ewing, Dorothy L. Sayers Pursuing Truth Through Stories and Patterns in Alister McGrath ed. History of Apologetics (Zondervan, 2020).


Knowledge Exchange

Public Lectures

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, April 2018 “Christianity and Women”

Anglican History, Pusey House, Oxford March 2017, “Dorothy L. Sayers: Writer, Christian Apologist and Anglican”

Richard Johnson Lecture, New South Wales Parliament House, Sydney Australia, March 2017 “Is Christianity Bad News for Women?”

The Pamela Nutt Address, Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney Australia, March 2017 “God and Women.”

Swansea University Public Theology Lecture, January 2015, “Is Faith in God Irrational?”

United States Congress, Faith and Law, Address to Staffers, October 2011, “Is Christianity a Failed Hope?”


BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship , BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief.

The Times 



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  • Review of Christine M. Fletcher, The Artist and the Trinity Dorothy L. Sayers’ Theology of Work ( Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013 (paperback).

    Orr-Ewing, A.
    An AngloAmerican Literary Review , vol. 31, pp. 117-118
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles