Barnabas Aspray

Junior Research Fellow in Religion and the Frontier Challenges

Barnabas’s research is broadly situated in philosophy of religion, with a focus on French phenomenology, ethics of identity/otherness, and hermeneutics. His current project investigates what Paul Ricœur’s ethics can offer to debates concerning refugees and immigration.



Journal Publications

Barnabas Aspray, ‘“No One Can Serve Two Masters”: The Unity of Philosophy and Theology in Ricœur’s Early Thought’, Open Theology 5, no. 1 (2019): 320–332

Barnabas Aspray, ‘“Scripture Grows with its Readers”: Doctrinal Development from a Ricœurian Perspective’, Modern Theology 35, no. 4 (2019): 746-759



Emmanuel Falque, ‘The All-Seeing: Fraternity and Vision of God in Nicholas of Cusa’, Modern Theology    35, no. 4 (2019): 760-787

Paul Ricœur, ‘From One Testament to the Other’, Modern Theology 33, no. 2 (2017): 235–42.


Book Chapters

Barnabas Aspray, ‘Transforming Heideggerian Finitude? Following Pathways Opened by Falque’, in Transforming the Theological Turn: Debates with Emmanuel Falque, ed. Martin Kočí and Jason Alvis (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2020)


Dictionary Entries

‘Biblical Hermeneutics’; ‘Transcendence’ in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, ed. Andrew Louth, 4th ed., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)



Review: Emmanuel Falque, The Guide to Gethsemane: Anxiety, Suffering, Death (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019), trans. George Hughes, Modern Theology (published online July 2019, forthcoming in print).

Review: Stewart Goetz, A Philosophical Walking Tour with C. S. Lewis: Why It Did Not Include Rome (Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2014), Reviews in Religion and Theology 26, no. 1 (2019): 76–79.

Review: Joshua Broggi, Sacred Language, Sacred World: The Unity of Scriptural and Philosophical Hermeneutics (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015), Reviews in Religion and Theology 24, no. 3 (2017): 444–47.

Review: George Ille, Between Vision and Obedience – Rethinking Theological Epistemology: Theological Reflections on Rationality and Agency with Special Reference to Paul Ricœur and G.W.F. Hegel (Cambridge: James Clarke & Co, 2014), Reviews in Religion and Theology 23, no. 3 (2016): 326–29.

Review: Iain Provan, Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters (Baylor University Press, 2014), Syndicate: A New Forum for Theology 2 no. 5 (2015).