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).
God, Christ and Salvation; The Study of Religion.
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.