School of Divinity news articles from 2019.
Magnetic attraction in science and religion
Dr Mark Harris, our Senior Lecturer in Science and Religion, has collaborated in empirical research which has just been published in Nature Physics.
Theology of the Quantum World
Dr Mark Harris has been awarded a grant from the Issachar Fund for a project on the 'Theology of the Quantum World.'
Professeurs interviewés sur Saint Pierre
French discovery channel RMC Découverte is interviewing Professors Helen Bond and Larry Hurtado for a documentary about St Peter.
Films from Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces
A research project led by Dr Hannah Holtschneider has produced a series of short films, ‘Points of arrival,’ each telling the story of a 19th/20th century Jewish immigrant.
Divinity achieves Athena SWAN Silver Award
The School is the first Theology and Religious Studies department in the UK to achieve Silver, after securing the first Bronze in 2014.
Nico receives funding for his PhD research in Tanzania
PhD candidate Nico Brice-Bennett has been awarded funding from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) for fieldwork in Tanzania.
Understanding Apolo Kivebulaya: “African Saint” and “apostle to the pygmies”
Research led by Dr Emma Wild-Wood has uncovered fresh insights into the life of influential Ugandan evangelist, Apolo Kivebulaya (1870-1933).
Help us shape our exciting new programmes!
We would like to hear your views on our potential new on-campus Masters programmes: MSc Ancient Mediterranean Religions and MSc/MTh Literature and Religions.
New! Scottish Network for Religion and Literature
The School of Divinity is launching a Scottish Network for Religion and Literature with a symposium, 22 January 2020.
Religion and relationships in ragged schools
Dr Laura Mair’s research on evangelical Christian schools for poor Victorian children is being published in a book.
Lambeth Palace award for Professor Siddiqui
The Archbishop of Canterbury has conferred the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation on Professor Mona Siddiqui.
Popular picks on Edinburgh Research Explorer
Which are the most popular research publications produced by Divinity staff?
New media talent
Dr Linden Bicket has won a coveted place on the University's MediaTalent scheme.
American Academy welcomes Mona Siddiqui
Professor Mona Siddiqui has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science.
Alumni Rev Susan Brown becomes Church of Scotland Moderator
On the 50th anniversary of the historic decision by the Church of Scotland to ordain women as ministers, our alumna Rev Susan Brown becomes Moderator. In this interview, we talk about her experiences at New College and her hopes for the year ahead.
Very Reverend Professor Iain R Torrance recognised in New Year’s Honours
Reverend Torrance, Honorary Professor in Early Christian Doctrine, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Calida Chu wins EASSSR essay prize
The East Asian Society of Scientific Study of Religion (EASSSR) has awarded its 2019 essay prize to PhD candidate Calida Chu.
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2019
Radical new reports by Professor David Fergusson and Dr Sandy Forsyth, commissioned by the Church of Scotland, will be considered by the General Assembly when it meets at New College, 18-24 May 2019.
Postgraduates publish updated translation of Bavinck
Cameron Clausing and Gregory Parker’s version of Herman Bavinck’s The Sacrifice of Praise will be available in print 1 June 2019.
Nuam Hatzaw awarded prestigious studentship
PhD candidate Nuam Hatzaw has won an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral training award through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).
Media coverage as Church agrees to Professor Fergusson’s reforms
As chair of the Church of Scotland’s Special Commission on Structural Reform, Professor Fergusson has been in the news.
New! Theology and Religious Studies PhD by Distance
Our Distance option allows international students to study part-time for a PhD from their home country, as long as they visit Edinburgh at key stages.
Educating 'fallen women' in 19th century Scotland
In contrast to their infamous Irish counterparts, early Scottish Magdalene Asylums aimed to reform rather than punish, says PhD candidate Jowita Thor in a paper published by Studies in Church History.
Aiming to unlock the power of Gaidinliu
A collaborative project led by Dr Arkotong Longkumer could be the first step on the road to greater understanding of the ‘magical’ notebooks of teenage Indian activist and prophetess, Gaidinliu.
Baseball ace Sam Davidson
MTheol student Sam Davidson was awarded the title of Best Pitcher in a ‘Battle for Britain’ tournament in Kent, 25-27 May 2019.
Jewish Orthodoxy in early 20th century Scotland
Dr Hannah Holtschneider’s new biography of Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches explores a period of dynamic change for the ‘tartanised’ and incoming Jews escaping from war.
£2.4 million grant to explore theologies of nature
Dr Mark Harris and Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie have won funding from the John Templeton Foundation for a major international research project, God and the Book of Nature.
Royal appointments for Professor David Fergusson
Rev Professor Fergusson has been appointed Dean of the Chapel Royal and Dean of the Order of the Thistle.
Undergraduate prize winners 2019
Congratulations to all our students who graduated today and to all those undergraduates who have been awarded prizes by the School of Divinity.
Prophecy and indigenous knowledge in a digital age
Dr Arkotong Longkumer has been awarded funding from the Edinburgh Futures Institute to digitise an important archive about the Naga conflict in North East India.
Social Bite Café to open at New College
The School of Divinity’s historic refectory, the Rainy Hall, is opening its kitchen doors to a dynamic enterprise that’s as well known for its social conscience as its soup and sandwiches.
Art, Conflict and Remembering
In a lively panel session chaired by Professor Jolyon Mitchell, Bogside mural artists Tom Kelly and Kevin Hasson, exhibition curator Dr Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin, former Director of Mediation Northern Ireland Brendan McAllister and Law Professor Christine Bell explored the question: can art help people to process a painful and violent past?
Re-opening of the Rainy Hall
The first lecture of the School’s academic year will be followed by a reception to mark the re-opening of the Rainy Hall following eight months of restoration.
Responding to the challenges of Big Data
In his recent paper, Big data and the Facebook scandal, Dr Michael Fuller suggests that theologians, churches and other religious institutions can help to address some of the ethical challenges arising from the mass harvesting, analysis and selling of online data.
Teaching Fellow success 2019
Dr Ulrich Schmiedel has become a Fellow (FHEA), and Dr Naomi Appleton and Dr Anja Klein have become Senior Fellows (SFHEA) of the Higher Education Academy, demonstrating their commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience.
Launch of Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network
An interdisciplinary group of Edinburgh academics has launched a research network which focuses on Buddhism in different contexts within culture and society.
Student volunteers wanted: Holyrood Harvest and Soul Food
New College students already play a lead role in the community gardening project - now the Church of Scotland seeks volunteers to support homeless people, too.
W T Stead: Nonconformist and Newspaper Prophet
Professor Stewart J Brown has written a religious biography of pioneering 19th century journalist William Thomas Stead, whose editor's desk was his pulpit.
Awards for faith-based groups in Bradford and Leeds
Our ‘Gratitude: Christian and Muslim Perspectives’ project is offering £500 to each of the two grassroots charities in Bradford and Leeds that can best demonstrate how gratitude is central to their work.
My PhD in a poster
Work by PhD candidates, Nico Brice-Bennett, Nuam Hatzaw, Alec Simpson, Jo Thor and Dingjian Xie has been captured online in a poster blog.
NEW! New College Student Recognition Awards
The School of Divinity is introducing three new awards to recognise students who have contributed the most to New College, the city of Edinburgh, or the promotion of Theology and Religious Studies, outside their academic work.
Josep’s Youth Column in Life and Work
Josep A Martí i Bouis has shared his passion for Christian mission in this month’s edition of the Church of Scotland's magazine.
Lifetime award for the study of death in society
The Revd Dr Peter Jupp has been given a lifetime achievement award by the Association for the Study of Death in Society (ASDS).
Diary of a Dean of the Chapel Royal
The Very Rev Professor David Fergusson has started his new duties as Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and Dean of the Order of the Thistle.
“Great moment” for Fraser Prize winner James Thieke
As the deadline for Theology in Scotland’s 2019 Fraser essay competition approaches, we ask last year’s winner why he took part.
Professor Larry Hurtado
It is with tremendous sadness that we pass on the news that our friend and colleague Professor Larry Hurtado has died.
Issachar Fund Art Prize
The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) are pleased to announce the recipient of the Issachar Fund Art Prize.
Students called to SERVE
A group of Divinity student volunteers called SERVE has been supporting local people through social action and mission.
Launch of Jātaka Stories database
Dr Naomi Appleton and Dr Chris Clark have developed a free online searchable database of jātakas - stories of the Buddha’s past lives - in Indian texts and art.
Winners! New College Student Recognition Awards 2019
Students Jo Thor, Rachel Frost, Sofanit Abebe and Jessie Fubara-Manuel have been recognised for their contributions to our School, community or subject area.