SamSamuel Andrew Shearn

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Research Interests

20th Century Theology -  Paul Tillich -  Charles Taylor -  Philosophy of Religion


Published Papers

'Moral critique and defence of theodicy', Religious Studies 49/4 (2013), 439-458.


Conference Papers

'Charles Taylor's Nietzsche in A Secular Age', Working with A Secular Age - Interdisciplinary Reflections on Charles Taylor's Conception of the Secular, Berne, Switzerland, March 2014.

'Luther on marriage, masculinity, and the male body', SST Postgraduate Conference - Bodies: Bridges and Boundaries, Oxford, January 2014.

'Joseph Ratzinger's personal eschatology: The dialogical immortality of the soul', The Soul Conference, Oxford, June 2013.

'D. Z. Phillips' critique of theodicies', Philosophy of Religion One-Day Workshop, University of Birmingham, May 2012.


Short CV

1999-2002           B.Sc. Physics at the University of Nottingham

2002-2005           Ministry with students in St Andrews, Vienna, and Germany

2005-2009           B.A. Evangelische Theologie at the Evangelische Hochschule Tabor, Marburg

2009-2011           Pastoral ministry in the Landeskirchliche Gemeinschaft Plettenberg-Holthausen

2011-2012           M.A. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Birmingham

2012-                    M.Phil. Modern Theology at the University of Oxford



Society for the Study of Theology

British Society for the Philosophy of Religion



Ertegun Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities (2012)

Religious Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize (2013)