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The Revd Professor Paul S. Fiddes


Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford
Director of Research, Regent’s Park College

Paul Fiddes took undergraduate degrees in both English Literature and Theology at the University of Oxford, and he continues to have a particular interest in the interface between theology and literature. After gaining a doctorate (D.Phil.) in Theology from Oxford, he spent a year of post-doctoral study in the University of Tübingen, Germany. He taught as a Fellow of Regent’s Park College from 1972 to 1989, and then became Principal of the College for 18 years, recently moving into his new position in which he is mainly occupied with supervising postgraduate students and coordinating research projects of the College. The University of Oxford has granted him a title of distinction as ‘Professor of Systematic Theology’, and he gained the degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD) of the University of Oxford for his published work in 2005. Professor Fiddes is an ordained minister of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and serves as the chair of the Doctrine Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He is very active in ecumenical conversations, and is at present the co-chair of the international conversations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Baptist World Alliance, as well as an ecumenical representative on the Synod of the Church of England. This mixture of academic and church life has been focused on a double concern: to connect Christian faith with the culture of the modern world, and to connect the local church with the riches of faith and tradition in the Church Universal.

Research and teaching interests

Modern systematic theology, in particular the doctrines of the Trinity and Atonement; theology and literature; postmodernism; the impact of modern continental philosophy on literary theory and theology; theology of culture; ecclesiology.


Professor Fiddes is the author or editor of more than 15 books, and the author of about 80 articles. Publications include:

The Creative Suffering of God (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988);
Past Event and Present Salvation: the Christian Idea of Atonement (London: Darton, Longman and Todd/ Westminster Press 1989);
Freedom and Limit: A Dialogue between Literature and Christian Doctrine (Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 1991/ Macon GA: Mercer University Press, 1999); The Promised End. Eschatology in Theology and Literature (Oxford: Blackwell, August 2000);
Participating in God. A Pastoral Doctrine of the Trinity (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, October 2000);
Tracks and Traces. Baptist Identity in Church and Theology (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2003);
Edited: Reflections on the Water. Understanding God and the World through the Baptism of Believers (Macon GA: Smyth & Helwys Press, 1996).
Edited: The Novel, Spirituality and Modern Culture. Eight Novelists Write about their Craft and their Context (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000).

Edited: Faith in the Centre. Christianity and Culture (Macon GA: Smyth & Helwys Press, 2001).
Edited (with Anthony J. Clarke): Flickering Images. Theology and Film in Dialogue (Macon GA: Smyth & Helwys Press, 2005).
Edited: Under the Rule of Christ: Dimensions of Baptist Spirituality (Macon GA: Smyth & Helwys Press, 2008).

My favourite memory of Regent's is... “Summer afternoons on the quad playing croquet; it’s something special!”