Dr Peter Groves


I studied Theology in Oxford as an undergraduate and graduate student, completing a DPhil under the supervision of Brian Davies OP. I have been at Worcester College since 2009, teaching historical and systematic theology.  As well as publishing on doctrinal issues I have a research interest in the Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, and his interactions with Tractarianism in particular.

Research Area:

Historical and Systematic Theology, History of Christianity

Resarch Interests: 


Theological Language

Theology and Literature

Gerard Manley Hopkins

The Oxford Movement and 19thC. Anglicanism

Theology and Film


I am a member of the Editorial Board of New Blackfriars.

Publications & Research Outputs: 


2019     Love Makes No Sense: an invitation to Christian Theology (London: SCM Press 2019) eds. Jennifer Strawbridge, Jarred Mercer and Peter Groves 


2015     The New Testament and the Church eds. John Barton and Peter Groves (Library of New Testament Studies, London: Bloomsbury, 2015.) pp.xii + 190, ISBN 978-0-56766-037-4


2012     Grace: The Cruciform Love of God (London: SCM Canterbury Press, 2012) pp.viii + 160, ISBN 978-1-84825-054-3 


Articles and chapters in edited volumes

2021     “Natural Theology? Gerard Manley Hopkins and Psalm 19” in Psalms and the use of the Critical Imagination: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Susan Gillingham ed. Katherine Southwood and Holly Morse (Edinburgh: T & T Clark). Forthcoming. 


2020    “Doing Doctrine: the lived experience of Christian teaching” in Catechesis: an invitation to living faith ed. Jarred Mercer (London: SCM Press, 2020)   


2015     “Playing football at Mansfield Park: doctrine and the local church” in And With All Of Your Mind: Academic Vocation in the Church Today, eds. Shaun Henson and Michael Lakey (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), pp.49-61 


2015     “Before this they had been enemies: Studying the Bible and preaching the Scriptures” in The New Testament and the Church eds. John Barton and Peter Groves (Library of New Testament Studies, London: Bloomsbury, 2015), pp.93-104


2014     (With Beatrice Groves) “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Binsey Poplars” in Binsey: Oxford’s Holy Place eds Martin Henig (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2014), pp.123-134