Prof Paul Fiddes

Paul Fiddes

The Revd Prof Paul S. Fiddes

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

Paul Fiddes took first-class 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. He was granted an honorary doctorate of the University of Bucharest for theological work in Eastern Europe.

Professor Fiddes is an ordained minister of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and has served as the chair of the Doctrine Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He is very active in ecumenical conversations, and has recently been the co-chair of the international conversations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Baptist World Alliance. He is an ecumenical representative on the Synod of the Church of England, an Ecumenical Canon of Christ Church Cathedral (Oxford) and Ecumenical Prebendary of St Endellion in North Cornwall. 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 20 books, and the author of more than 110 articles and book chapters. For a full list of publications please click here.   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);
  • Seeing the World and Knowing God. Hebrew Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in an Ecumenical Context (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • Baptists and the Communion of Saints. A Theology of Covenanted Disciples. With Brian Haymes & Richard Kidd (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014).


  • 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);
  • Edited (with Günter Bader): The Spirit and Letter: a Tradition and a Reversal (London: T. & T. Clark, 2013);
  • Edited (with Jochen Schmidt), The Rhetoric of Evil. (Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2013).