(1) I am director of the Aquinas Institute at Blackfriars Hall (http://www.bfriars.ox.ac.uk/hall/aquinas-ins/ ) and besides organising and overseeing its annual programme of special lectures, seminars, reading classes, colloquia and a summer school, I am developing a research project into relating the Aristotelian and Thomist hylomorphic theory to the authentic modern scientific understanding of matter, and the metaphysical implications of this.
(2) The central Christian doctrines: the Most Holy Trinity and how we are made in the image of the Trinity; Christology, including the historical Jesus and His consciousness; the Redemption; Grace. For all of these, I am interested in the Scriptural basis of the doctrines, and the authenticity of their development.
(3) Aquinas, particularly his accounts of the Holy Trinity, the Incarnation, the Redemption, the Eucharist, grace and freedom, the infused virtues and the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Other Interests and Activities:
As a Dominican friar I have been involved in pastoral work and formation, especially when I was in Edinburgh and Leicester. I was also occupied for quite some time in academic administration, including running a distance-learning master’s programme in Catholic Theology for Maryvale Institute, Birmingham. I wrote 9 course books and similar works for this and other distance-learning degrees, and for three-and-a-half years wrote a weekly column for The Scottish Catholic Observer.
Besides the research interests listed above, I have taught Original Sin, Eschatology, and on occasion Greek and Hebrew. I regularly teach Sacramental theology, and am interested in the relationships between Scripture and Liturgy, and Liturgy and Doctrine.
I am interested in the use of Christian Art in teaching Christian doctrines; in Augustine on the Holy Trinity; and in Aquinas’ “psychology” and the implications of its difference from alternative views.
Having a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cambridge, I used to make wine for a hobby, and still find time for some cooking, including the occasional wedding cake.