Author Bio

Hello, thanks for reading. This page tells you a little bit about me.

I teach Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at St Mellitus College - an Anglican theological college in the UK, and I'm Vicar of a parish in Chester Diocese, UK. I am also a member of The Grove Ethics Group. Reading books and thinking is part of my vocation as a priest-theologian but I also enjoy conversation over a drink. Probably most of my personal and spiritual formation happens through books and conversation. I do love teaching, especially helping to inform and shape leaders for the Church.

My area of academic interest is broadly speaking dogmatic theology, in particular the interface of doctrinal theology and ethics. I wrote a PhD on human responsibility in Karl Barth's moral theology, through which I was able to think with a master-dogmatician about human action, its theological rationale, and what it means to be an agent. The thesis was examined by Prof.s John Webster and Elaine Graham.

I use this space sporadically to try out some thoughts and dialogue with books I'm reading, and to think through this peculiar vocation as theological educator and parish priest. The blog-name comes from the German for 'theological reflection' but it has other nuances. Taken more literally nachdenken means 'thinking after', in this case 'thinking after God'. I like it because it characterizes my understanding of Christian discipleship.

If you really want to, you can find out more about me, including information about publications and conference papers, here

Thanks for reading. Michael