Dr Jonathan Birch

  • Tutor in Christian Theology (Theology & Religious Studies)
  • Tutor - Affiliate (External Relations)

Research interests

  • The New Testament and its reception
  • Religion and the Enlightenment
  • Philosophy of religion  
  • Religion and science   
  • Christian theology   
  • Religion and film

 

Biography
 
Jonathan Birch is an intellectual historian who works on the reception of the Bible in Western thought. With a background in philosophy (BA Hons, MA) and the New Testament and its modern reception (PhD), his primary research interest is the relationship between biblical hermeneutics and modern philosophy during the intellectual ferment of the European Enlightenment.
 
Jonathan has enjoyed an eight year relationship with Theology and Religious Studies at Glasgow: initially as a doctoral student, and now as an early career academic. His current research remit is to raise the profile of the university's special collections of religious books, especially those concerning the New Testament and its modern reception.
 
By vocational training Jonathan is a teacher (PGCE, QTS), and this remains his first love as a professional academic. With thirteen years experience, from high school to post-graduate, Jonathan has taught thousands of students in the UK.  In addition to university teaching in Glasgow, Jonathan worked in widening participation for six years with the Recruitment and International Office, delivering programmes in schools throughout the West of Scotland to facilitate successful progression to higher education.
 
As an assessment professional, Jonathan has served as a senior GCSE Religious Studies examiner, principal A Level philosophy examiner and lead examination writer. As of 2015, he will join a new A Level philosophy specification, leading the assessment process as principal examiner in the philosophy of religion and epistemology. 


Supervision

I would be interested in supervising research in any of the following areas:

  • History of New Testament studies (especially modern)
  • Historical Jesus studies
  • Religion and the Enlightenment
  • History of Christian thought
  • Philosophy of religion

Teaching

I currently convene the following course:

  • The God Question: Exploring Christianity. I co-ordinate this Level 1 course and personally teach the section on Christian thought.

 I currently teach on the following courses:

  • Creation to Apocalypse: Introduction to the Bible. This is a Level 1 course on which I teach sections on critical issues in modern New Testament studies and biblical reception history.
  • Texts and Cultures of the Bible. This is a Level 2 course on which I teach a section on the Gospel and Epistles of John.
  • Religion and Violence. This is a Taught Master's course on which I contribute a class on the uses of the New Testament in the history of arguments concerning religious coercion and religious tolerance.

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2009
Number of items: 9.

2019

Birch, J. C.P. (2019) Jesus in an Age of Enlightenment: Radical Gospels from Thomas Hobbes to Thomas Jefferson. Series: Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781137512758 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-51276-5) (In Press)

Birch, J. (2019) Narrating The Quest: The Historical Jesus in Modern Scholarship and Culture. Augsburg Fortress Press: Minneapolis, MN. ISBN 9781451490213 (In Press)

2018

Birch, J. C.P. (2018) Reimarus and the religious Enlightenment: his apologetic project. Expository Times, 129(6), pp. 245-253. (doi:10.1177/0014524617744991)

2015

Birch, J. (2015) Gospel narratives, miracles, and the ‘critical’ reader: the eclipse of the supernatural. Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, 5(1), pp. 61-93.

2014

Birch, J. (2014) Cracking the canon: John Toland, "lost" gospels and the challenge to religious hegemony. In: Adam, A.K.M. and Tongue, S. (eds.) Looking Through a Glass Bible: Post Disciplinary Interpretations from the Glasgow School. Series: Biblical interpretation series, 125. Brill: Leiden, pp. 85-112. ISBN 9789004259072 (doi:10.1163/9789004259096_006)

2013

Birch, J. C.P. (2013) Review of: Filip Ivanović (ed.), Dionysius the Areopagite Between Orthodoxy and Heresy (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011). International Journal of the Platonic Tradition, 7(2), pp. 237-240. (doi:10.1163/18725473-12341266) [Book Review]

2011

Birch, J. (2011) The road to Reimarus: origins of the quest for the historical Jesus. In: Whitelam, K. W. (ed.) Holy Land as Homeland? Models for Constructing the Historic Landscapes of Jesus. Series: Social world of biblical antiquity (7). Phoenix Press: Sheffield, pp. 19-47. ISBN 9781907534324

Birch, J. C.P. (2011) Review of: Jonathan Edwards's Philosophy of Nature: The Re-Enchantment of the World in the Age of Scientific Reasoning, by Avihu Zakai. Reformation and Renaissance Review, 13(1), pp. 133-136. (doi:10.1558/rrr.v13i1.133) [Book Review]

2009

Birch, J. C.P. (2009) Review of: God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science, by James Hannam. Reformation and Renaissance Review, 11(2), pp. 235-237. (doi:10.1558/rrr.v11i2.235) [Book Review]

This list was generated on Thu May 23 12:42:30 2019 BST.
Number of items: 9.

Articles

Birch, J. C.P. (2018) Reimarus and the religious Enlightenment: his apologetic project. Expository Times, 129(6), pp. 245-253. (doi:10.1177/0014524617744991)

Birch, J. (2015) Gospel narratives, miracles, and the ‘critical’ reader: the eclipse of the supernatural. Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, 5(1), pp. 61-93.

Books

Birch, J. C.P. (2019) Jesus in an Age of Enlightenment: Radical Gospels from Thomas Hobbes to Thomas Jefferson. Series: Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781137512758 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-51276-5) (In Press)

Birch, J. (2019) Narrating The Quest: The Historical Jesus in Modern Scholarship and Culture. Augsburg Fortress Press: Minneapolis, MN. ISBN 9781451490213 (In Press)

Book Sections

Birch, J. (2014) Cracking the canon: John Toland, "lost" gospels and the challenge to religious hegemony. In: Adam, A.K.M. and Tongue, S. (eds.) Looking Through a Glass Bible: Post Disciplinary Interpretations from the Glasgow School. Series: Biblical interpretation series, 125. Brill: Leiden, pp. 85-112. ISBN 9789004259072 (doi:10.1163/9789004259096_006)

Birch, J. (2011) The road to Reimarus: origins of the quest for the historical Jesus. In: Whitelam, K. W. (ed.) Holy Land as Homeland? Models for Constructing the Historic Landscapes of Jesus. Series: Social world of biblical antiquity (7). Phoenix Press: Sheffield, pp. 19-47. ISBN 9781907534324

Book Reviews

Birch, J. C.P. (2013) Review of: Filip Ivanović (ed.), Dionysius the Areopagite Between Orthodoxy and Heresy (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011). International Journal of the Platonic Tradition, 7(2), pp. 237-240. (doi:10.1163/18725473-12341266) [Book Review]

Birch, J. C.P. (2011) Review of: Jonathan Edwards's Philosophy of Nature: The Re-Enchantment of the World in the Age of Scientific Reasoning, by Avihu Zakai. Reformation and Renaissance Review, 13(1), pp. 133-136. (doi:10.1558/rrr.v13i1.133) [Book Review]

Birch, J. C.P. (2009) Review of: God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science, by James Hannam. Reformation and Renaissance Review, 11(2), pp. 235-237. (doi:10.1558/rrr.v11i2.235) [Book Review]

This list was generated on Thu May 23 12:42:30 2019 BST.