School of Divinity

Research projects

Research projects at the School of Divinity are centres of excellence for their subjects.

TheoCon: Theology in a time of crisis

Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie and Dr Tripp Fuller have been awarded £5,000 to facilitate international, interdisciplinary theological discourse and reflection on the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The project - TheoCon: Theology in a Time of Crisis – will be funded through a Rapid Response Impact Grant from the University of Edinburgh’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Register for updates:  TheoCon: Theology in a Time of Crisis

Comparative Buddhology in Indian Narrative Literature

Dr Naomi Appleton has been awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a collaborative three-year project, with Dr Chris V Jones (Cambridge), looking at the development of the figure of the Buddha in Asian religious literature from the early Common Era.

The project, Comparative Buddhology in Indian Narrative Literature, will focus on the period after the emergence of the Mahayana, one of the main traditions of Buddhism.

See: Comparative Buddhology in Indian Narrative Literature

God and the Book 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. The 33-month initiative, organised from the University of Edinburgh,  will build a network of theologians and philosophers of religion to form a wide-ranging collaborative engagement with the natural sciences.

See: God and the Book of Nature

Gratitude: Christian and Muslim Perspectives

Over three international workshops funded by the Issachar Fund, leading scholars will examine the concept of gratitude from Christian and Muslim theological and philosophical perspectives.

Respective workshops will focus on the role of gratitude in the divine-human covenant, interpersonal relationships and the public sphere.

Both Islamic and Christian traditions emphasise the importance of divine gift-giving and gratitude (Ar. shukr) as the appropriate human response. Theological literature, however, has tended to focus on the divine action rather than the human response. As a result, relatively little has been written about the theology of gratitude and its role in the religious life. 

See: Gratitude: the workshops

History of Scottish Theology

Seventy leading scholars from around the world, each with expertise in a particular period, theme or body of literature, will contribute essays to the History of Scottish Theology, co-edited by Professor David Fergusson and Professor Mark Elliott (St Andrews). The project is supported by funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

See: History of Scottish Theology

Indigenous Religion(s). Local Grounds, Global Networks

Dr Arkotong Longkumer is working with senior researchers at universities in Tromsø, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Tennessee and Princeton on a large collaborative project on Indigenous Religion(s), funded by the Norwegian Research Council (2015- 2019).  

See: INREL website

Approaching Religion Through Story

Funded by a CAHSS KE grant, Dr Alison Jack and Dr Naomi Appleton have been working with Education Scotland and Scottish school teachers to improve the way stories are used in the teaching of RME / RMPS. There have been several CLPL events for school teachers, and a growing bank of resources is now available.

See: Story and Religion

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