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Professor David Fergusson

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David Fergusson MA BD DPhil DD FBA FRSE

Professor of Divinity


Principal of New College

New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 8912/8952

Research Links


More information about publications by Professor Fergusson are available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.

Research Projects
More information about research projects by  Dr Fergusson are available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.



David Fergusson studied philosophy and theology in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford.  He worked for several years as a parish minister in the Church of Scotland. Having held the Chair of Systematic Theology in the University of Aberdeen, he returned to Edinburgh as Professor of Divinity in 2000. He was appointed Principal of New College in 2008.

He has delivered the Bampton Lectures in Oxford (2001), the Gifford Lectures in Glasgow (2008), the Warfield Lectures in Princeton (2009), the Birks Lectures in Montreal (2013) and has lectured widely in the USA, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, South Africa and Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen.

External appointments

  • Director of the Scottish Journal of Theology
  • Member of Academic Advisory Panel, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton
  • Deputy Chair of REF Sub-Panel for Theology & Religious Studies 2014

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