Nathan Coundon


Professor William Wood, Dr Brendan Harris

DPhil Thesis Title:

‘Can the Cappadocian theory of Divine Simplicity address the modern problems in understanding this doctrine?’


DPhil in Theology and Religion

Educational Background: 

  • MPhil in Philosophical Theology, University of Oxford 

  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy, University of Leeds

  • 2022 – (Present) Bampton - Christie Millar Scholar

  • 2020 – 2022 Clarendon Scholar               

  • Middle Reader at The Canterbury Institute: an independent research centre in Oxford                                    

Research Interests:

My subjects of academic specialism are Philosophical Theology and Philosophy of Religion. My primary research centres around the metaphysics and epistemology of the Christian understanding of God. My major research topic is the understanding of Divine Simplicity that emerges in the theology of the Cappadocian Fathers, and this has led to further scholarly engagements with the framework of Trinitarian orthodoxy. My work and thought has a strong emphasis on matters of theological epistemology and religious rationality. In addition, my prior training in Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind in particular, sustains my fascination with questions about the nature of the human mind and how our minds are involved in our knowledge of reality.