Staff Profile


Dr Ralph Norman

Principal Lecturer

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922910

Profile summary

 BA (Birmingham), MA (Birmingham), PhD (Birmingham)

I came to Canterbury Christ Church in 2001, having previously held the Stephenson Fellowship at the University of Sheffield.

Most of my teaching is in the areas of Philosopy of Religion and Historical Theology.

Research and knowledge exchange

I currently lead the supervision of 4 Postgraduate Research Students: 3 in the area of Systematic Theology (Theological Language, Sophiology, and Deification), and 1 in the area of Anglican history (Lambeth Conferences).

Teaching and subject expertise

My doctoral dissertation was on the doctrine of Christ's ascension to heaven (central to understanding eucharistic theology),
and I have subsequently maintained a strong interest in Christology. I also have 
particular interests in theological method, philosophy and theology, and in the
Church of England.

Publications and research outputs

Amongst others, recent publications include:

  • '"Ascetic co-operation": Henry Scott Holland and Gerard Manley Hopkins' in Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, 2017, pp. 67-96.
  • 'On Academic Allegiance' in John Lea (ed), Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Open University Press, 2015), pp. 77-79.
  • 'The Christologies of Kant and the British Idealists: Ethical and Ontological Theories of Kenosis' in Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 2013, pp.113-37.
  • 'Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Religions and Prayer' in Diemling and Herbst (eds), Interpreting the "Spirit of Assisi": Challenges to Interfaith Dialogue in a Pluralistic World (Canterbury: FISC Publications, 2013), pp. 267-94.
  • 'Theological Foundations of Action Research for Learning and Teaching' in Discourse, vol. 8, no. 1, Autumn 2008, pp. 113-140.
  • 'Jouissance, Generation and the Coming of God' in Theology and Sexuality, Vol. 14, no. 2, January 2008, pp. 153-80.
  • 'Sexual Symbolism, Religious Language, and the Ambiguity of the Spirit: Associative Themes in Anglican Poetry and Philosophy' in Theology and Sexuality, Vol. 13, no. 3, May 2007, pp. 233-56.
  • 'Abelard's Legacy: Why Theology is not Faith Seeking Understanding' in Australian EJournal of Theology, Pentecost 2007, Issue 10.
  • Book Review of 'Christ and Culture - By Graham Ward' in International Journal of Systematic Theology, Vol. 9, no. 2, April 2007, pp. 242–245.
  • 'Methodius and Methodologies: Ways of Reading Third-century Christian Sexual Symbolism' in Theology and Sexuality, Vol. 13, no. 1, September 2006, pp. 79-100.
  • 'The Rediscovery of Mysticism' in G. Jones (ed), The Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), pp. 449-65.


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