Barnabas Palfrey

BarnPLecturer, Centre for Contemporary Spirituality and Programme Leader for Theology Quest and Questions (TQQ)

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Barnabas’ doctorate, awarded in 2014 from Oxford University, was entitled ‘Theology as Dialogue and Fragment: Saying God with David Tracy’ (University of Oxford, 2014).

Since 2012, he has worked mainly part-time at Sarum College: teaching widely on, and briefly leading, the MA in Christian Spirituality within the Sarum Centre for Contemporary Spirituality and on Christian ethics for the Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry. He also teaches and lectures at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.

His research interests include fundamental theology and continental-philosophical inquiries into Christian spirituality, including hermeneutical philosophy and the psychoanalytic philosophy of Jacques Lacan. In relation to these, he also has a growing interest in pre-modern understandings of embodiment and participatory intuition and their relevance to Christian spirituality and theology today.

He intends to write soon on the interrelation of Christian spirituality and theology and also on Augustine and Christian doctrines of politics.

He is open to supervising MPhil and PhD research at Sarum College, in association with the University of Winchester.

Since November 2014, Barnabas has given the following scholarly presentations:

  • Nov 2014: ‘Theology and fragments: thinking with David Tracy’, at the Theology and Religious Studies Seminar, University of Winchester
  • May 2015: ‘Christianity and Experience in the Religious Thought and Spirituality of Hans-Georg Gadamer’, Heythrop, St Mary’s & Sarum Spirituality postgraduate study-day
  • March 2016: ‘“Two sides of the same fragment”: Christian theology and spirituality’ at ‘The impossibility of God’ conference, the Centre for Advanced Research in Catholic Thought, King’s University London Ontario, Canada
  • May 2016: ‘Roger Grainger (1934-2015): The Theatre of Implicitness’ at 39th Implicit Religion Conference, Sarum College
  • May 2017 (upcoming): ‘The knowing of Angels’ at ‘Interrelations: Spirituality and Theology’ conference, Sarum College.

His current publications are:

  • ‘“Being in love without restriction”: Emotion and embodiment in Bernard Lonergan’ in Douglas J. Davies with Nathaniel A. Warne, eds., Emotions and Religious Dynamics (Oxford: Ashgate, 2013)