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Soskice – Prof Janet M


University Post: Professor of Philosophical Theology Faculty/Department: Divinity College Offices Currently Held: Fellow; President Degrees Obtained: B.A. (Cornell), M.A. (Sheffield), […]

University Post: Professor of Philosophical Theology

Faculty/Department: Divinity

College Offices Currently Held: Fellow; President

Degrees Obtained:
B.A. (Cornell), M.A. (Sheffield), D.Phil. (Oxford)

Academic Specialism:
Philosophy of religion, especially religious language and philosophical theology and Naming God.

Other and Specific Interests:
The Names of God, God and Creation (current research projects). Jewish, Christian, Muslim relations. Science and religion. Gender and religion. Ethics. Biblical interpretation. Aesthetics and theological writing. Ecumenism. Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Gibson, biblical scholars and travelers of the 19th century.

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Janet Soskice is Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College. She was born in western Canada and studied at Cornelland Sheffield, prior to doing a doctorate in the philosophy of religion at Oxford University. While the Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow and subsequently as a lecturer at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, she taught philosophy or religion, ethics and doctrine at Oxford University and philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. She is the first Roman Catholic woman to be a Professor of Theology at one of Britain’s ancient universities.

Professor Soskice is a past-President of both the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and the Society for the Study of Theology. She has been a visiting professor in Canada, Sweden and the United States and in 1997 was a McCarthy Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome. She takes an active role in Jewish-Christian relations, Anglican-Roman Catholic ecumenical discussions and the Christian- Muslim dialogue.

Professor Soskice has been a member of the Building Bridges Seminar, an initiative ofthe Archbishop of Canterbury for Christian/Muslim relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (2010) and in Doha (2011). She is currently a Director of the‘Bible and Classical Antiquity in 19th century Culture’ project through CRASSH (the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities).

Professor Soskice is the author of Metaphor and Religious Language (O.U.P. 1984); The Kindness of God (O.U.P. 2007) and has edited (with Grant Gillett and K.W. Fulford), of Medicine and Moral Reasoning (C.U.P , 1994);with Diana Lipton, Feminism and Theology, Oxford Readings in Feminism (OUP, 2003) and with Carlo Cogliati, David Burrell, and W. Stoeger, Creation and the God of Abraham (Cambridge 2010), a collection which examines the doctrine of creation from nothing in Jewish, Christianand Muslim thought.

Her recent Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Lost Gospels (London: Chatto and New York: Knopf, 2009) was Book of the Week on Radio 4, in the Best Books of the Year lists of the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and the Library Journal. She takes an animated interest in questions of genre and form intheological writing and was a member of the Writers’ Workshop for Theologians, leadby Marilynne Robinson, at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton in 2010, and in 2011 was a judge of the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing. Professor Soskice is a Patron of the Westminster College Appeal, a Trustee of the Tablet and and Honorary Fellow of Blackfriars, Oxford.