David Robinson


David Robinson is a Visiting Scholar at Regent College and a Research Associate at Vancouver School of Theology. His current research focuses on the reception of Greek tragedy, particularly notions of “fate,” in the work of German Lutheran theologians who lived and worked between 1919-1945. Entitled After Tragedy: Conflicting Social Orders and the Unity of God, the project explores a period in which strident nationalism arose out of cultural and material crisis, even as the Luther Renaissance led some theologians to question the rule of fate as “law.”

David received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2017. His thesis, Disruption of the Word: Revelatory Community in Bonhoeffer’s Reception of Hegel, investigates how faith and reason are socially composed, how a sacramental event might be conveyed conceptually, and what forms of recognition exist between the state and religious bodies. It will be published by Mohr Siebeck in mid-2018. Portions of the thesis and related essays have already appeared in Modern Theology, Scottish Journal of Theology, and Studies in Christian Ethics.

While completing his doctorate, David worked as Postgraduate Conference Convener for the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics (U.K.), Tutor and Guest Lecturer at New College, and Blog Host for Kathryn Tanner’s 2016 Gifford Lectures, “Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism.”

Alongside his academic work, David has worked in Anglican / Episcopal ministry since his ordination in 2009, serving congregations in both Ottawa and Edinburgh.

David currently lives in Coquitlam with his wife Jolene, who works as the Communications Manager for Jewish Family Services, and their daughter Naomi.

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