Professor Graham Ward


Educated at Fitzwilliam and Selwyn College, Cambridge. Tutor for English, Fitzwilliam and Girton College (1979-81); Ordained (1990); Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor at Exeter College (1992-5); Oxford; Dean of Peterhouse, Cambridge (1995-2000); Samuel Fergusson Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Manchester (2000-12); Director of the Centre for Religion and Political Culture (2003 –11); Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, the University of Manchester (2006-2012).

Research Interests

Theology, Philosophy and Cultural Studies. Wider interests in the nature of religion and its relationship to anthropology, sociology, politics, gender theory and contemporary science. Current projects: a three volume work developing a culturally engaged systematic theology.

Research Centres & Projects

Working with a project on "Spiritual Understanding in a Secular Age: Engaging Art as Religious Ritual" (Templeton funded) with the Australian Catholic University.

Professor Extraordinarius, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


Oxford Monographs in Theology and Religion Series

Christian Theology in Context Series (OUP)


Publications & Research Output

Unbelievable (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015)

Shall All Be Well? (Oxford: SGL Press, 2015)

How The Light Gets In: Ethical Life I (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Unimaginable (London: I.B. Tauris, 2018).

Theology and Religion: Why It Matters (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019).

Another Kind of Normal: Ethical Life II (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).

Recent Articles:

 ‘Aesthetics, Music, and Meaning-Making’, Religions (March, 2019).

 ‘Schleiermacher and the Theology of Friendship’ in Beyond Tolerance: Schleiermacher on Friendship, Sociability, and Lived Religion, eds. Matthew Ryan Robinson and Kevin Vander Schel (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019), pp.11-23.

 ‘Christology and Creation: Another Kind of Natural in Dennis Ngien (ed.), The Interface of Science, Theology, and Religion: Essays in Honor of Alister McGrath (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2019), pp.154-73. 

 ‘Secularism: The Golden Lie’ in Aristotle Papanikolaou and George E. Demacopoulos (eds.) Fundamentalism or Tradition: Christianity After Secularism (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019), pp.21-35.

 ‘The Sense of Belonging: Towards a lived theology’. Malan, K., Rossouw, J. & Boshoff, C. (eds.), Knooppunte: Opstelle vir en oor Danie Goosen (Centurion: Akademia Uitgewery, 2020), pp.185-210.

 ‘Karl Barth and Liberation Theology’ in Kait Dugan (ed.), Karl Barth and Liberation (London: Bloomsbury, 2021).

 ‘Where Words End: Revelation and Silence’ in Francesca Murphy and Ken Oakes eds., The Oxford Handbook of Divine Revelation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), pp.587-603.

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