Tim Middleton

Supervisor/s:

Dr Celia Deane-Drummond and Dr Michael Oliver

College:

Lincoln College

Research Overview:

My current research focusses on intersections between ecotheology, trauma studies, and contemporary philosophy. I am especially interested in how the category of trauma, and our theological responses to it, might help us to register the severity of contemporary ecological devastation.

Research Area/s: 

Modern Theology; Science and Religion.

About:

I first trained as a scientist, completing a DPhil (2016) in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. My scientific work examined earthquakes at the margins of the Ordos Plateau in northern China, and I was previously a stipendiary lecturer in Earth Sciences at St Anne’s College, Oxford. I transitioned into Theology via the faculty’s PGDip programme, before going on to gain a distinction in my MPhil (2019) in Modern Theology.

Links:

Academia: https://oxford.academia.edu/TimMiddleton

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Timothy_Middleton

Twitter: https://twitter.com/timmiddleton1

Select Publications:

Middleton, T. A., Giving birth to the impossible: theology and deconstruction in Johannes Climacus’s Philosophical Fragments. International Journal of Philosophy and Theology (in prep.).

Middleton, T. A., ‘Selling our souls: science, sin and lament’ in Malcolm, Hannah (ed.) Words for a Dying World (SCM Press, 2020) (in press).

Middleton, T. A., Objecting to theodicy and the legitimacy of protesting against evil. Science and Christian Belief 29/1 (2017), 3-19.

Book Reviews

Review: Aurica Jax & Saskia Wendel, eds., Envisioning the Cosmic Body of Christ: Embodiment, Plurality and Incarnation (Routledge, 2019), Theology (in press).

Review: Christopher Southgate, Theology in a Suffering World: Glory and Longing (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Modern Believing 61/2 (2020), 173-174.

Review: Bethany N. Sollereder, God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering: Theodicy without a Fall (Routledge, 2019), Science and Christian Belief 32/1 (2020), 96-97.

Review: Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Pantheologies: Gods, Worlds, Monsters (Columbia University Press, 2018), Reviews in Science and Religion No. 73 (2019), 30-36.

Review: Catherine Keller & Mary-Jane Rubenstein, eds., Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science, and New Materialisms (Fordham University Press, 2017), Science and Christian Belief 31/1 (2019), 93-6.

Review: Bruno Latour, Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime (Polity, 2017), Reviews in Science and Religion No. 72 (2018), 55-61.

 

Conference Presentations

Middleton, T. A., 2019, Bearing witness to ecological trauma as ecotheological practice, presented at ‘Thinking as/through practice: Scripture, Liturgy, Spirituality’, Society for the Study of Theology Postgraduate Conference, The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, UK, July 2019.

Middleton, T. A., 2019, Bearing witness to ecological trauma: a theology from below, presented at ‘Theology from Below’ Conference, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, March 2019.

Academic Interests: 

Ecotheology; Trauma Theology; Science and Religion; Theodicy and Anti-theodicy; Kierkegaard.

Academic Related Activities: 

Within Oxford, I am a member of both the Laudato Si’ Research Institute at Campion Hall and an interdisciplinary TORCH network that is investigating Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences. I also sit on the editorial board of the Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society. Since 2018, I have been the Communications Officer at the William Temple Foundation—a think tank working on the role of religion and belief in public life. I am also an Associate of the Faraday Institute of Science and Religion and regularly lead workshops in schools as part of the God and the Big Bang project.

Funding:

Clarendon Scholarship (combined with a Sloane Robinson Foundation Graduate Scholarship at Lincoln College).

Areas of Teaching Competence and Experience:

Ecotheology; Modern Systematic Theology; Science and Religion

  • Guest Lecturer at Ripon College Cuddesdon as part of a course on ‘Creation and Creativity’ (2019-2020).
  • Tutor on the UNIQ summer school in Theology (2018).
  • Tutor for Oxford Summer Courses in Theology, Earth Sciences and Geography (2016-2018).
  • Stipendiary Lecturer in Earth Sciences, St. Anne’s College, Oxford (2015-2016).