Professor John Webster Appointed to Chair in St Mary's College
Monday 29 April 2013
Professor John Webster Appointed to Chair in St Mary’s College
The School is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor John Webster, DD, FRSE, to a Chair in Divinity.
Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen since 2003, Professor Webster was Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1996-2003, and previously Ramsay Armitage Professor of Systematic Theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, where he had lectured since 1986. A graduate of the University of Cambridge (MA, PhD), his earlier career was spent at the Universities of Sheffield and Durham. An Anglican priest, he is a Canon Emeritus of Christ Church, Oxford, and has served on numerous church commissions and advisory groups.
One of the world’s leading systematic theologians, Professor Webster is the author or editor of more than 20 acclaimed books, and a vast number of articles, essays, and papers on a very wide array of themes in modern theology, constructive Christian dogmatics, moral theology, and the nature and interpretation of Christian Scripture. His major publications include: Eberhard Jüngel: An Introduction to his Theology; Eberhard Jüngel: Theological Essays I-II; The Possibilities of Theology; Barth’s Ethics of Reconciliation; Barth’s Moral Theology; The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth; Theology after Liberalism: A Reader; Word and Church; Holiness; Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch; Barth; Barth’s Earlier Theology; Confessing God; The Oxford Handbook to Systematic Theology; The Domain of the Word: Scripture and Theological Reason. He has several further books in press and in preparation, including God without Measure, On Creation and Providence, Ephesians (a theological commentary), and Perfection and Presence: God with Us. His major exercise in constructive theology, a five-volume Systematic Theology, is scheduled for completion over the next few years.
Professor Webster is a founding editor of the International Journal of Systematic Theology, and an editorial board member of numerous other journals, including Scottish Journal of Theology, Journal of Reformed Theology, and Ecclesiology. He is a series editor for several monograph series, including T & T Clark’s Studies in Systematic Theology, Scottish Journal of Theology Monographs, and Ashgate’s The Great Theologians and Barth Studies. He has held numerous prestigious lectureships and visiting appointments internationally, in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and India. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2005.
Professor Webster will take up his position at St Mary’s College in the summer of 2013.
The Head of School, Professor Ivor Davidson, says: “John Webster is widely recognized as one of the very best theologians in the world. He has a stellar reputation as a scholar, author, and communicator, and is an outstanding servant of both the academy and the church. His major current projects promise to be of immense significance for the shape of English-language theology in the years ahead. John has long had collaborative links with several colleagues in the School, and I am absolutely delighted that he will now be joining us at St Mary’s College, where his research, teaching, and supervision of graduate students will add considerably to our established strengths in several areas. Professor Webster’s appointment further reinforces the reputation of St Andrews as one of the world’s most dynamic centres for theological and biblical scholarship.”