M.A. (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Cantab.), D. Litt., P.G.C.E. (Dist.), F.R.S.E., F.H.E.A.
The Marischal Chair
Office: KCF10 (King's College) Postal Address: School of Divinity, History and Philosophy,University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 3UB, United Kingdom.
Tom Greggs holds the Marischal Chair of Divinity (the oldest separated Divinity chair, established in 1616), and is a founding co-director of the Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology. He was Head of Divinity from 2018-22. In 2019, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Tom's principal publications include: Barth and Bonhoeffer as Contributors to a Postliberal Ecclesiology (T&T Clark, 2021); The Church in a world of Religions (T&T Clark, 2021); The Breadth of Salvation (Baker, 2020); Dogmatic Ecclesiology: Vol. 1 -- The Priestly Catholicity of the Church (Baker, 2019); Theology against Religion (T&T Clark, 2011); Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation (OUP, 2009). With Maria Dekake and Steven Kepnes, he has recently completed A Handbook for Scriptural Reasoning, and is in the final stages of writing a book provisionally entitled Saving Systematic Theology in Church and Academy. Tom is also working on a new introduction to Systematic Theology for SPCK and Zondervan to be completed by January 2024. He continues work on his ecclesiology volume 2. He serves as a member of the editorial boards of International Journal of Systematic Theology and Holiness.
Tom served on the last Research Excellence Framework panel for Theology and Religious Studies. He is currently Patron of the Independent Schools Religious Studies Association. Tom is a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and was involved in 2017 in a review of the Crown Nominations Commission. He is a Preacher in the British Methodist Connexion, and has given sermons around the world. He regularly leads Continuing Professional Development for clergy, speaks at large church conferences, and appears on the radio.
Tom's own theological training took place at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He was awarded an open scholarship and graduated with the highest first class honours in his year at Oxford, and studied for his PhD at Cambridge under David Ford.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
- REF steering committee
- External Memberships
- Member of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Panel
- Member of the Faith and Order Commission of the Methodist Church
- Steering Committee Member, Duke University Theology, Modernity and the Arts
- Member of Methodist Church's Faith and Order Committee
- External Examiner: Durham University (PGT) and Cliff College
- Former External Examiner: University of Aberdeen (undergrad and PGT), University of Cambridge (tripos, MPhil and diploma), University of Edinburgh (PGT), Heythrop College (PGT), and University of St Andrews (undergrad and PGT)
- PhD External Examiner: Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, London (King's College), St Andrews, Edinburgh, Belfast (Queen's), Wales, Chester
Prizes and Awards
Principal's Prize for Outstanding Impact from Research
Principal's Prize for Best Post-graduate Supervisor
There are five main areas of my research, and I would be interested in receiving applicants from post-graduates in each of these areas:
1. My major focus currently is a three volume Protestant ecclesiology: volume 1 - participating in the priestly catholicity of the church; volume 2 - encountering the prophetic apostolicity of the church; and volume 3 - being transformed into the kingly holiness of the church. The three volumes are entitled A Dogmatic Ecclesiology, and are under contract to be published by Baker Academic over the next ten years. The first volume was publsihed in 2019. I would welcome applicants from students on any area relating to ecclesiology, or to homiletics.
2. I am interested in major doctrinal loci, especially in relation to patristic theology, protestant theology (Reformation, nineteenth century and modern), and modern theology. Within this broad area, I am particularly interested in the figures of Origen, Barth and Bonhoeffer; and in the doctrines of God, the Trinity, salvation, the last things and the Holy Spirit; however, I am happy to supervise more broadly. I am interested in historical approaches to doctrines and theologians for the sake of constructive theological reflection, and systematic theological method.
3. As a Methodist Theologian who sits on Faith and Order of the Methodist Church and serves as a Methodist on the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission, I am interested in the history and theology of the Methodist Churches and traditions. I have a particular interest in the theology and preaching of John Wesley and in methodological questions of appropriating Wesley for contrustive theology, in Methodism as a form of Protestantism (and its relation to Reformation figures), Methodism and Evangelical Theology, and Methodist use of the Patrisitc traditions. I am also interested in radical Methodist traditions and in significant Methodist preachers, as well as the relationship between Methodist and Pentecostal / charismatic theology and Methodist ecumenism.
4. A large part of my work concerns how to articulate theology outwith the conditions of Christendom. This involves both theological reflection on the conditions of post-Christendom, and on issues that the conditions of post-Christendom raise. This aspect of my research has included reflection on such issues as how to think theologically about church-state relations, theo-politics, pluralism, secularism/secularity, political liberalism, contemporary evangelicalism, and salvation and the non-Christian. I am particularly interested in the ways in which classical doctrine and public theology relate.
5. Alongside these areas, I am also working, with Steven Kepnes of Colgate University and Maria Dekake of George Mason University on A Handbook to Scriptural Reasoning (the inter-faith practice of Muslims, Jews and Christians reading scripture together), and have led a project with Mike Higton (University of Cambridge) on the nature of impact for theology in a post-Christendom Society. I would be interested receiving applications from students who wish to study theologies of the religions and inter-faith work, as well as the nature and impact of doctrine.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Divinity.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
I have three principal writing commitments:
- Dogmatic Ecclesiology Volume 2: The Prophetic Apostolicity of the Church (Baker)
- An Introduction to Systematic Theology (SPCK/Zondervan)
- Saving Systematic Theology in Church and Academy (provisionally entitled)
Plus I am working on essays on illumination, the class system and theology, and teaching theology.
RECENT EXTERNALLY FUNDED PROJECTS:
British Academy Mid-Career Research Project: Ecclesiology after Christendom
AHRC Networking Project: The Impact of Doctrine after Christendom
ECLAS Templeton Project: Science in Seminaries
RECENTLY COMPLETED PHDs
Dr Yacob Godebo (now Dean of Addis Abbaba Lutheran Theological Seminary, Ethiopia): The Charismatic Movement and Lutheran Theology
Dr Chris Burkett (now Diocesan Director of Ministry): Homiletics and Collective Memory
Dr James Holt (now Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies Education): A Latter-Day Saint Theology of the Religions
Dr Joan Evans (retired): The Mystical Immanence of Matthew Fox
Dr John Tyers (retired): A history of the Anglican Retreat Movement
Dr Nathan Paylor (University of Chester): Reformed Theological Hermeneutics
Dr John McCabe (University of Chester): Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Theology of Work
Dr Aaron Edwards (Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Cliff College): Dialectic and Preaching
Dr Rory MacLoed (DMin): The contemporary church and pneumatology
Dr Roderick Grahame (DMin): Does the Round ower Topple?
Dr Petre Maican: Theology of the Image
Dr Chris Dodson: Bonhoeffer's Religionless Christianity and the Sacraments
Dr Matthew Burdette: Jenson and Cone's Revolutionary Theology
Dr DJ Konz: Father, child and missio dei (with reference to Barth)
Dr David Emerton: Ecclesiology in Bonhoeffer
Dr Ross Hallbach: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's contribution to Race and Gentrification Discourse
Dr Kenneth Laing: The Rule of Faith in Irenaeus
Dr Sean McGever: A theology of conversion in Wesley and Whitfield
Dr Jonathan Lynch: Bonhoeffer on a Weakness of Faith
Dr TJ Tims:Berger's Plausibility Structures as applie to St John's Gospel
Dr Cole Jodon: Bonhoeffer's Ecumenical Theology
Dr Keir Shreeves: Bonhoeffer's Homiletics
Dr HuynJoo Kim: Bonhoeffer's Doctrine of Sin in dialogue with Augustine
Dr Troy Onsager: Karl Barth on the Confessions of the Church
Dr Emmanuel Gergis: Coptic Theology and T F Torrance
Dr Brent Johnstone: Tillich and Bonhoeffer's religionless method
Dr Ben Kim: Bonhoeffer and Missiology
Dr Tim Dunn: Reformed Ecclesiology and the Minus Triplex
Dr Porter Taylor: Liturgical Theology and Theological Method
Dr Daniel Cameron: T. F. Torrance's Ecclesiology
Dr Andy Nelson: Hyper-Grace
Dr Marty Phillips: John Wesley's Doctrines of Sin and Sanctification
Dr Jack Driver-Szekely: Barth and Post-modernism
- MR MATTHEW CRUTCHMER
- REVEREND PHIL FELLOWS
- MRS SOPHIE BALLARD-SWEENEY
- REVEREND JACK DRIVER-SZEKELY
- MRS SARA MANNEN
- REVEREND JACK LINDSAY
- MR SOON KWON
- MR STEVEN KIM
- MR JARED STACY
- MR IAN GEARY
- MR MATTHEW JONES
- MR DANIEL CAMERON
- MR CAMERON MERRILL
- MRS ALLISON QUIENT
- MR CHRISTOPHER BUTTON
- REVEREND SAMUEL MURILLO TORRES
- MRS SUSAN BUTLER
- MR EUGENE BRANDT
- MR RICHARD ROBERTSON
- MS IONA CURTIUS
- MR KEVIN CHOW GUOMIN
Funding and Grants
Recent Grants include:
AHRC Network Grant (with Professor Mike Higton): Doctrine after Christendom (complete): £35,000
British Academy Mid-Career Research Grant (2017): £122,000
My usual teaching areas include:
- Global Issues / Global Religion (Level 1, Sixth Century Course): course co-ordinator
- An Introduction to Christian Theology (Level 1)
- From Jesus to Calvin: The History of Christian Thought (Level 2): course co-ordinator
- Philosophy of Religion (Level 2)
- Dissertations (undergraduate and postgraduate)
- The Doctrine of God (postgraduate)
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Response to Reviews of Dogmatic Ecclesiology Volume 1: The Priestly Catholicity of the ChurchInternational Journal of Systematic Theology, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 315-323Contributions to Journals: Articles
Barth and Bonhoeffer as Contributors to a Post-Liberal Ecclesiology: Essays of Hope for a Fallen and Complex WorldBloomsbury T&T Clark, London. 240 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
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The Breadth of Salvation: Rediscovering the Fullness of God's Saving WorkBaker Academic. 144 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Dogmatic Ecclesiology: The Priestly Catholicity of the ChurchVol. One, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, MI. 560 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Five Views on the Extent of the AtonementZondervan Academic. 256 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
The Call to Focus on God: A Review of Webster's God without MeasureModern Theology, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 657-663Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
On the Nature, Task and Method of Theology: A Very Methodist AccountInternational Journal of Systematic Theology, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 309-334Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Catholic Spirit of Protestantism: A Very Methodist Take on the Third Article, Visible Unity, and EcumenismPro Ecclesia, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 353-372Contributions to Journals: Articles
In gratitude for grace: praise, worship and the sanctified lifeScottish Journal of Theology, vol. 70, no. 2, pp. 147-165Contributions to Journals: Articles
Glorifying in God’s Glory: A Contemporary Account of Divine Glorification from a Methodist TheologianRevista Teologica, no. 2, pp. 47-63Contributions to Journals: Articles