Prof Lewis Ayres - Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)
Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor
I am currently a Professorial Fellow of the Institute for Religion and Critical inquiry in Melbourne, and also Professor of Catholic and Historical Theology at Durham University in the UK. I hold an MA (Hons) from St Andrews University in Scotland (1988) in Classics and a DPhil from Oxford (2004) in Theology. I am currently co-PI on the "Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity" ACURF project.
The core of my research has been accounts of God and divine existence in Augustine of Hippo and in the Greek writers of the fourth century. On this theme I have published a number of articles and Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth Century Trinitarian Theology (Oxford University Press, 2004/6). In 2010 I also published Augustine and the Trinity (Cambridge University Press).
My current research concerns the development of early Christian cultures of interpretation between 100 and 250. I am currently working on a book entitled As It Is Written: Ancient Literary Criticism and the Rise of Scripture AD 100-250 (for Princeton University Press). The same project will result in a book on modern Catholic debates about the relationship between the reading of Scripture, Tradition and the nature of theology.
I have also edited or co-edited a number of books, including (with Andrew Louth and Frances Young) the Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature (2004). With two colleagues I recently published an English translation of and introduction to Didymus the Blind's On the Holy Spirit and Athanasius's Letters to Serapion (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2012).
I also have a number of interests in modern Catholic fundamental and dogmatic theology. I am interested in the modern reception of Patristic Trinitarian theology and in the modern use of post-idealist themes in the supposed "revivals" of Trinitarian theology that we have seen over the last two centuries. I also have a strong interest in the place of Scripture (and Tradition) in modern Catholic theology and the fundamental structure of Catholic theology. I am convinced that the ideological and professional divisions that have arisen between Scripture scholars, "systematic" and "historical" theologians have served Catholic theology ill. Ressourcement theologians have offered us many resources that can move us beyond these divisions, but much further work is necessary for their agenda to be taken forward. I have published a number of articles on this theme in recent years and intend to produce a book eventually.
With Medi Ann Volpe I am also co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology (essays from which have now begun to appear in OUP's Handbooks Online service). I am involved in co-editing a number of book series, including the Blackwells series Challenges in Contemporary Theology. I also serve on the editorial boards of the Irish Theological Quarterly, the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Augustinian Studies and Modern Theology.
Between 2009-2012 I was the inaugural holder of the Bede Chair in Catholic Theology. During 2014-15 academic year I seved as Distinguished Fellow of Notre Dame's Institute for Advanced Study.
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Augustine's Trinitarian Theology, in Augustines Trinitarian Theology
Nicaea and Its Legacy, in Nicaea and Its Legacy