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20 Most Influential (Living) UK Biblical Scholars

12 Most Influential (Living) UK Theologians

In dissertations, essays, articles and books, it will be these names I suggest that will most crop up. The list obviously reflects length of career and number of books and where they teach.

1. Rowan Williams - key texts: On Christian Theology, Tokens of Trust, Resurrection, Arius: Heresy and Tradition

2. Tom Wright - key texts: Surprised By Hope Lewis Ayres - key texts: Nicaea and its Legacy, Augustine and the Trinity

3. John Milbank - key texts: Theology and Social Theory, The Word Made Strange, Radical Orthodoxy: An Introduction

4. Alister McGrath - key texts: Christian Theology: An Introduction

5. Sarah Coakley - key texts: God, Sexuality and the Self, Powers and Submission

6. David Ford - key texts: Theology: A Very Short Introduction or The Future of Christian Theology 

7. John Webster - key texts: Word and Church and Confessing God

8. Paul Fiddes - key text: The Creative Suffering of God,  Participating in God

9. Oliver O'Donovan - key texts: Desire of the Nations, Ways of Judgment

10. Nicholas Lash - key texts: Theology on the Way to Emmaus, Easter In Ordinary, Believing Three Ways in One God

11. Frances Young - key texts: The Making of the Creeds, God's Presence, From Nicaea to Chalcedon

12. Graham Ward - key texts: Christ and Culture, Cities of God




No George Pattison? He has published over 20 books, not to mention countless articles, translations, etc. I don't see how he fails to make your top-10. While I by no means disagree with many on this list, it is nevertheless tendentiously constructed...

Andy Goodliff

Of course that's why I preface it with 'I suggest'. No expectation that anyone must agree.


Okay. But, in that case, I think it would make sense to explain *why* you've constructed the list in the way that you've constructed it. To be fair, you do hint at something like a methodology ("number of books and where they teach."). But it's hardly a clear one. After all, Pattison has published more books than many of the persons on your list. So, then, is publishing output ranked behind, say, where they teach? But didn't Pattison hold the Lady Margaret Chair at Oxford? Shouldn't that carry some weight?
In any case, my response really isn't about Pattison. There are several other excellent British theologians absent from your list, e.g., Denys Turner, Oliver Davies, Lewis Ayres, Andrew Louth, John Saward, Aidan Nichols, Francesca Aran Murphy, etc. I just think that, if you're going to issue such a list, it can't be done carelessly. It's not as if you said, "These are my favorite British theologians." Then I would have nothing to add. However, you've written that these authors will "crop up" the most in "dissertations, essays, articles and books." Even with the disclaimer "I suggest," your statement comes off as authoritative, when, in fact, it's limited, subjective, and therefore misleading.

Andy Goodliff

Mike - Lewis Ayres should be in the list, I thought he was American for some reason. Of course there are lots of excellent other British theologians, I chose 12.

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