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Professor Tim Gorringe

MA, MPhil, DD (Oxon)

Emeritus Professor of Theological Studies


01392 724242

Tim Gorringe worked in parishes for six years before going to South India to teach theology at the Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary, where he worked for seven years. On return to Britain he was for nine years Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor in Theology at St John's College, Oxford. In 1995 he became Reader in Contextual Theology at St Andrew's and in 1998 took up his present post as St Luke's Professor of Theological Studies.

His academic interests focus on the interrelation between theology, social science, art and politics. His most recent books are The Common Good and the Global Emergency(CUP 2011) and Earthly Visions: Theology and the Challenges of Art(Yale 2011).

He is at present working on a two year AHRC funded research project on the values which underpin constructive social change, focussing on the Transition Town Movement.

Research interests

  • Karl Barth
  • Theology and the Built Environment
  • Theology and Economics
  • Theology and Politics
  • Theology and Culture
  • Theology and Art

Research collaborations

  • Two year AHRC funded research project on the values which underpin constructive social change, focussing on the Transition Town Movement, working with Steward Barr (Geography).

Research students

A Theological Reading of Shostakovitch (Anna Davis) Completed Dec 2011

Caribbean Liberation Theology (Garnett Roper) Completed 2011

A Theology of Money (Peter Dominy) Completed 2010

Mysticism in Architecture (Rodney Furze) Completed 2010

Palestinian Liberation Theology (Sam Kuruvila) Completed 2009

The Anglican-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Process (Mary Tout) Completed 2009

The Theology of Lawrence Sterne (Geoff Newton) Completed 2009

A Chinese Perspective on Karl Barth ( Clement Chia) Completed 2009

External impact and engagement

Public lectures

  • Annual lecture for Operation Noah in 2011, on understanding climate change in light of the common good.
  • Lecture on ethics and aesthetics in planning and public policy as part of the Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability conference held at the Trinity Institute, New York, 2009.
  • Keynote speaker at the Christian Ecology Link annual conference, 2009. The theme of the conference was the Transition Network.
  • Tim has also given talks to groups including the Royal Agricultural College, Christian Aid, Farmers in the North-West of England, on issues of food and farming.

Contribution to discipline

Grants awarded

  • "The Role of Values in Responding to Major Social Change: Christian churches and the Transition Town Movement", with Stewart Barr (Geography). £226,582, AHRC, 2010-2012.

Workhops/Symposia/Conferences organised

  • "Values in Transition" conference, University of Exeter, May 2012.
  • "Theology, Philosophy and Architectural Aesthetics", with Mark Wynn. Funded by the Benedictine Order, 2012.
  • Workshops on Transition Towns and the future of food as part of the 2010 conference of the National Justice and Peace Network.

Editorial positions

  • Theology in Context series (OUP)



Modules taught


Apart from research and writing Tim Gorringe is married, and has three children and five grandchildren. He is part of a small rural team ministry and takes services every Sunday. Together with his wife Gill he runs a 15 acre smallholding with a flock of 60 Jacobs sheep, bees, chickens, fruit and vegetables, cider and wine making and occasionally, inadvertently, rather good wine vinegar. He is part of the Transition Town movement and a member of the Iona Community.

Since photographs always lie anyone who is curious to know what Tim Gorringe really looks like should consult Judith Kerr's 'Mog The Forgetful Cat' for a preternaturally accurate picture.