Professor David Fergusson (OBE MA BD DPhil DD FBA FRSE)

Honorary Professorial Fellow

  • School of Divinity

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David Fergusson held the Chair of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh from 2000–2021 before moving to the University of Cambridge where he is currently Regius Professor of Divinity.

He studied philosophy and theology in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford and 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 (2008-18) and is a Chaplain to the Queen in Scotland. From 2009-11, he served as a Vice-Principal of the University of Edinburgh. In 2016, he was awarded the OBE for services to arts, education and the Church of Scotland. Following appointment by the Queen in 2019, he is currently Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and Dean of the Order of the Thistle.

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 in the USA, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, South Africa and Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2004) and a Fellow of the British Academy (2013). In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen.  In 2016-17, he held a Visiting Fellowship at Princeton Theological Seminary.  

Recent publications include:

The History of Scottish Theology, 3 vols, co-edited with Mark W. Elliott (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Schools of Faith: Essays on Theology, Ethics and Education, co-edited with Bruce McCormack (London: T&T Clark, 2019)

The Providence of God: A Polyphonic Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2018) 

Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology, co-edited with Paul Nimmo (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Christian Theology: 21st Century Challenges (Tainan Theological College: Tainan, 2015)

Creation (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014)



Responsibilities & affiliations

External appointments

Editor, Current Issues in Theology Series (Cambridge University Press)

Co-editor, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht series Forschungen zur Systematischen und

           Ökumenischen Theologie

Member of Academic Advisory Panel, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton

Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and Dean of the Order of the Thistle.