Dr Barnabas Aspray

Junior Research Fellow in Religion and the Frontier Challenges

Dr Aspray is a philosophical theologian interested in the way religious belief and practice interact with contemporary society. His PhD (University of Cambridge) explored human finitude and transcendence in the work of French philosopher Paul Ricœur. Dr Aspray also holds Masters degrees in Christian Theology and Biblical Studies from the University of Cambridge and Regent College. Before studying theology, he read Computer Science at the University of Exeter and worked as a software engineer for the BBC website.

Dr Aspray’s current research project is titled ‘Christian Responses to Refugees in Theory and Practice’. It aims to develop a Christian ethic of asylum and immigration by means of an encounter between philosophical theology and forced migration studies, informed by empirical research that listens to the stories of refugees and those working with them. This project is pursued in partnership with Refugee Support Network, a UK charity which helps refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people build more hopeful futures through education.

Barnabas' project summary within Religion and the Frontier Challenges can be found here.



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 36, no. 1 (2020): 230–32.

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).