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Dr Aaron Edwards


Lecturer in Theology, Preaching, and Mission

MA Programme Leader

2004 - 2007 University of Liverpool, BA English Literature (first class hons.)
2007 - 2008 University of Chester, MTh Theology
2008 - 2009 University of Chester, MA Creative Writing
2011 - 2014 University of Aberdeen, PhD Systematic Theology

Before joining the Cliff College faculty in July 2016, Aaron was a Teaching Fellow in Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, where he taught practical and political theology, before which he had been a Tutor in historical theology. He has also been an editorial and administrative assistant for his former doctoral supervisor Prof. Tom Greggs, and for the acclaimed poet, Micheal O’Siadhail. He has a passion for theology and mission, both in theory and in practice, with experience of both UK-based and cross-cultural mission projects. His church background is charismatic evangelical (Newfrontiers), where he has often served local churches in leading, pastoring, preaching, and mission in various capacities. He has also spoken at numerous academic theological conferences in Durham, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Chicago, London, Birmingham, Baltimore, Copenhagen, and others.

His main theological interests are in the theology of preaching, the doctrine of Scripture, missiology, and historical theology more broadly. He also has specific interests in the theological work of the likes of Kierkegaard, Barth, Bonhoeffer, the Reformers, and the Great Awakeners. Additionally, having studied English Literature at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, he has an enthusiasm for literary, philosophical, and popular culture, and is keen to find ways of maintaining rigorous faithfulness to the Gospel in the midst of the present moment. He has also been a guest on UCB’s ‘Life Issues’, and alongside his academic work he writes regularly for a number of church/mission-focused publications.

He lives in Baslow with his wife Molly. They have four young children, Isabelle, Malachi, Miriam, and Rebekah, who cause general joyous bedlam wherever they have been known to appear. Since the age of eight, Aaron has also been learning the deeper meaning of Hebrews 11:1 as a hopelessly faithful Liverpool supporter.

Selected Publications & Presentations
  • BOOKS:
  • A Theology of Preaching and Dialectic: Scriptural Tension, Heraldic Proclamation, and the Pneumatological Moment (London: T&T Clark, 2018)
  • T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard (London: T&T Clark, forthcoming 2019), ed. Aaron Edwards and David J. Gouwens

  • 'The Violence of Bureaucracy and the Gospel of Peace: A Theological Response to an Academic Problem', International Journal of Public Theology 12 (2018), 195-217
  • 'Broken Images: T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and the Inevitably Fragmentary Experience of Modernity', in Nilanko Mallik (ed.), Poetic Plethora: An Annotated Anthology of Select Victorian and Modern Poems (New Delhi: Educreation, 2018), 141-155
  • 'Radical Inculturated Proclamation: Secular Apathy and the Gospel as Public Paradox' (forthcoming, 2019)
  • 'Kierkegaard on Sin, Ambiguity, and Gospel Radicality', Participatio (forthcoming, 2018)
  • 'Introduction' and 'Kierkegaard the Preacher', in T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard (London: T&T Clark, forthcoming 2019)
  • ‘"Something unique in all the world”: Bonhoeffer’s Theology of Preaching’ (forthcoming, 2019)
  • 'Kierkegaard as Socratic Street Preacher?: Reimagining the Dialectic of Direct and Indirect Communication for Christian Proclamation’, Harvard Theological Review 110:2 (Apr 2017), 280-300
  • 'The Paradox of Dialectic: Clarifying the Use and Scope of Dialectics in Theology', International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 77:4-5 (Nov 2016), 273-306
  • 'Josiah Thompson, Kierkegaard' and 'Peter Vardy, Kierkegaard', in Jon Stewart (ed.), Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, Resources, Vol. 18, Tome III (London: Routledge, 2016), 267-78
  • ‘Thrill of the Chaste: The Pursuit of ‘Love’ as the Perpetual Dialectic between the ‘Real’ and the ‘Ideal Image’ in Kierkegaard's “The Seducer's Diary”’, Literature and Theology 30:1 (Mar 2016), 15-32
  • ‘Taking the “Single Individual” back to Church?: The Possibility of a Kierkegaardian Ecclesiology’, Theology Today 72:4 (Jan 2016), 431-46
  • ‘Preacher as Balanced Extremist: Biblical Dialectics and Sermonic Certainty’, The Expository Times 126:9 (June 2015), 425-35
  • ‘Life in Kierkegaard's Imaginary Rural Parish: Preaching, Correctivity, and the Gospel’, Toronto Journal of Theology 30:2 (Fall 2014), 235-46
  • ‘The Strange New World of Confidence: Barth's Dialectical Exhortation to Fearful Preachers’, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 32:2 (Autumn 2014), 195-206
  • ‘Thus Saith the Word: Examining the theological relationship between biblical exposition and prophetic utterance in preaching’, The Expository Times 125:11 (Aug 2014), 521-30
  • ‘A Broken Engagement: Reassessing Barth's relationship to Kierkegaard on the grounds of Subjectivity and Preaching’, International Journal of Systematic Theology 16:1 (Jan 2014), 56-78
  • ‘The difference between a poet and a prophet: Dialectical rhetoric and the role of the Spirit in preaching, with special reference to Karl Barth and Martyn Lloyd-Jones’, Theology 117:4 (July/Aug 2013), 266-78
  • ‘Waddling geese in the pulpit: Kierkegaard's hermeneutics and preaching’, Theology 116:3 (May/June 2012), 80-89

  • OTHER:
  • 'Where Is Wisdom Hiding?', The Expository Times 129:9 (May 2018), 431-33
  • 'Living in the Light of the End', The Methodist Recorder 8368 (May 2018), 11
  • 'Preaching on Prayer: Problems, Perils, and Pearls', Preach Magazine (Summer 2017), 24-7
  • 'Hallowed Be Your Name', The Methodist Recorder 8312 (Apr 2017), 15
  • 'Imperishable', The Expository Times 128:6 (Mar 2017), 297-98
  • 'The Place of Theological Education', The Expository Times 128:4 (Jan 2017), 206-7
  • 'Arrested by the Resurrection', The Expository Times 127:12 (Sept 2016), 624
  • ‘Theological Friendship’, The Expository Times 127:3 (Dec 2015), 156

  • Appearance on UCB's 'Life issues' (Dec 2016)
  • Various academic papers given at conferences for the Society for the Study of Theology (2011-17), Bible Society (2015), Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre (2012), Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference (2013), British and Irish Association of Practical Theology (2017), and American Academy of Religion (2012-13)
  • Various academic book reviews for Theological Book Review (2009-17), Theology (2013), Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology (2013-17), European Journal of Theology (2016), Holiness (2017), and Studies in Christian Ethics (2017)
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