Professor George Pattison
- 1640 Chair of Divinity (Theology and Religious Studies)
- The concept of God
- Phenomenology and religious life/spirituality
- Existentialism and religious life, especially Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Heidegger
- Russian Religious Philosophy
- Religion and Visual Arts
After 14 years as a parish priest in the Church of England, I was Dean of King’s College, Cambridge from 1991-2001, then taught Practical Theology for two years at the University of Aarhus (Denmark), before becoming Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford (2004-2013). I have been in post at Glasgow from October 2013.
For five years I edited the journal Modern Believing and am currently a member of the Editorial board of Medieval Mystical Theology. In addition to my own publications I have participated in the ongoing translation of Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks and have published a selection of Kierkegaard’s Spiritual Writings.
I am currently preparing a monograph provisionally entitled Eternal God/Saving Time.
Longer term, I am hoping to develop a collaborative project on phenomenology and religious life.
From April-September 2013 I have held an AHRC Research Fellowship
I supervise widely in the areas of philosophy of religion and systematic theology. Former supervisees whose theses have subsequenty been published include Steven Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, language and the Reality of God, Clare Carlisle, Kierkegaard’s Philosophy of Becoming, Jolita Pons, Stealing a Gift: Kierkegaard’s Pseudonyms and the Bible, Jonathan Brant, Paul Tillich and the Possibility of Revelation through Film, and Daniel Whistler, Schelling’s Theory of Symbolic Language.
In the 2013 session I am teaching ‘The Doctrine of God’ and contributing to ‘Mysticism and Spirituality’, ‘The God Question’, and ‘Christian Traditions and Transformations’.