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Aaron Edwards

Dr Aaron Edwards

MA Programme Lead
Lecturer in Theology, Preaching and Mission

Get in touch at a.edwards@cliffcollege.ac.uk

Aaron joined Cliff College in 2016 as the MA Mission Programme Lead and Lecturer in Theology, Preaching, and Mission. Previously he was a Teaching Fellow in Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, where he taught courses in practical, political, and historical theology. 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 in Tunisia, Albania, and Ukraine. His church background is Reformed evangelical and charismatic, mainly with the Newfrontiers family of churches, where he has often served local churches in leading, pastoring, preaching, mission, and evangelism in various capacities. He also has wider ecclesial and ministerial experience working with evangelical churches within the Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, Congregationalist, Pentecostal, and Presbyterian traditions.

His main theological interests are the theology and practice of preaching; the authority of Scripture; mission and evangelism; and dialectical theology. He also has specific interests in the work of Søren Kierkegaard; vision for theological education; institutional bureaucracy; sex/gender/masculinity; and contemporary evangelicalism. Aaron also has an enthusiasm for literary, philosophical, and popular culture, having studied English Literature at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and having worked with the acclaimed Irish poet, Micheal O’Siadhail. He is keen to continue merging robust engagement with culture alongside rigorous Biblical faithfulness amidst the many challenges facing Christian belief in the contemporary western world.

Aaron is also a much-travelled academic, having spoken at numerous academic theological conferences and institutions around the world, including in Chicago, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Birmingham, Baltimore, and others. He has also spent time in Ondo, Nigeria, where he gave a series of lectures on the theology of preaching to the Archbishops of the Nigerian Methodist Church. He is keen to see global evangelical voices better supported to help counteract progressive church decline in the West. Aaron has been a guest on various religious radio programmes and podcasts, and writes regularly for a number of church/mission-focused publications alongside academic research. He blogs at That Good Fight, and also co-hosts a popular podcast with Andy Bannister called Pod of the Gaps, discussing key issues on the intersections of Church and contemporary culture in the west.

Aaron lives in Derbyshire with his wife Molly, who homeschools their five children. He enjoys good music, good movies, good books, and good football. He plays football for his local team (and occasionally for the Church of England!), and supports LFC fairly avidly.

Education

2004-2007BA English Literature (First Class Hons.)
- University of Liverpool
2007-2008MA Applied Theology
- University of Chester
2008-2009MA Creative Writing
- University of Chester
2011-2014PhD Divinity (Systematic Theology)
- University of Aberdeen
2019-2020PgC Teaching in Higher Education (Dist.)
- Sheffield Hallam University

Publications

  • BOOKS

  • Taking Kierkegaard Back to Church: The Ecclesial Implications of the Gospel (Eugene: Cascade, 2022)

  • T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard (London: T&T Clark, 2019), ed. Aaron Edwards and David J. Gouwens

  • A Theology of Preaching and Dialectic: Scriptural Tension, Heraldic Proclamation, and the Pneumatological Moment (London: T&T Clark, 2018)

  • Is There Really Only One Way to God? (The Big Ten series) (Fearn: Christian Focus Publications, forthcoming 2024)

  • ARTICLES

  • 'The Perennial Urgency of Theological Education', European Journal of Theology 30:1 (2021), 167–190

  • 'Secular Apathy and the Public Paradox of the Gospel: Towards Radical Inculturated Proclamation', International Journal of Public Theology 13:4 (2019), 413-431

  • ‘Kierkegaard on Sin, Ambiguity, and Gospel Radicality', Participatio Supplemental Vol. 5 (2019), 167-189

  • ‘Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)', in T&T Clark Handbook of Modern Theology, ed. R. David Nelson and Philip G. Ziegler (London: T&T Clark, forthcoming 2023)

  • 'Introduction' and 'Kierkegaard the Preacher', in T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard (London: T&T Clark, 2019)

  • 'The Violence of Bureaucracy and the Gospel of Peace: A Theological Response to an Academic Problem', International Journal of Public Theology 12:2 (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

  • '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

  • ‘Prayers for a Radiant Church’, The Expository Times 133:3 (2022), 130-131

  • ‘Glorious Things of Thee are Sung’, The Expository Times 132:6 (Apr 2021), 287-288

  • ‘A Singable Faith’, The Methodist Recorder (Nov 2020)

  • ‘Pause. Wait. Pray.’ The Expository Times 131:12 (Sept 2020), 556-557

  • 'Incalculable Abundance', The Expository Times 131:2 (Dec 2019), 74-76

  • 'Worship Resources for December', The Expository Times 130:2 (Nov 2018), 93-95

  • '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

  • Various academic book reviews for Theological Book Review, Theology, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, European Journal of Theology, Holiness, and Studies in Christian Ethics