Original Sin, Evolution, and Gender
Professor Graham Ward
My doctoral research is focused on the Christian doctrine of original sin and, in particular, the relevance of the doctrine in a post-Darwinian world. The central task of my project is to explore the influence of the doctrine of original sin on conceptions of sexual difference and gender, and to reconstruct the doctrine in light of the emergence of sexual dimorphism. I am interested in questions related to theology and science, especially evolutionary biology and anthropology, and the intersection of these fields with Christian theology.
'A Theologian Standing with God in the World: Schillebeeckx's Epistemology as a Resource for Feminist Theology', forthcoming in the Bloomsbury Schillebeeckx Series
'Created Sick, Commanded to be Sound:' Augustine on Original Sin after Darwin' in Tijdschrift voor Theologie, Vol 55, 2015
'Taking Her Stand Beyond All Earthly Hierarchies: Teresa of Avila, Gender Performance, and Contemplative Prayer,' in The Sword: A Journal of Historical, Spiritual, and Contemporary Carmelite Issues 75 (2015)
'Dis-membering and Re-membering: The Eucharist and the Suffering of Women', Lumen et Vita: Graduate Academic Journal of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry 4 (2014)
See Academia.edu for my CV.
Other research interests:
Besides theology and science, my theological interests include contemplative spirituality, feminist theology, gender studies, Teresa of Avila, and the theology of Edward Schillebeeckx.
President of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society (2016-2017), Secretary of the Oxford Graduate Christian Forum (2016-2017), Graduate Joint Consultative Committee member (2016-2017)
I studied education, Scripture, and English literature, and was a member of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University during my undergraduate degree, and I obtained a teaching credential in California. After graduating from Biola, I taught high school English and Theology for five years in Southern California. I partially completed a Masters in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Talbot Seminary before moving to the east coast in order to complete a Masters of Divinity at Boston College.