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The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris

Jeremy Morris
Role: 
Dean, Director of Studies
Subject: 
Theology and Religious Studies
Research: 
European church history, Anglican theology and secularisation (see Dr Morris's selected publications)
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Dr Jeremy Morris is Dean, Fellow, and Director of Studies in Theology at King’s College. After studying for his first degree in Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, and for his doctorate, he worked in management consultancy and university management before reading Theology at Clare College, Cambridge, and training for the Anglican ordained ministry at Westcott House. He was curate at St Mary's, Battersea, before returning to Cambridge in 1996 as Director of Studies and then Vice-Principal of Westcott House. He was Dean of Trinity Hall from 2001 to 2010. He is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Theological Federation, an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

His academic interests include modern European church history, Anglican theology and ecclesiology (especially High Anglicanism), the ecumenical movement, and arguments about religion and secularization. He is interested in supervising graduate students in these fields, and in the area of modern religious history in general. His current research projects include a study of the eucharist in Western Europe since 1800, to be published by Oxford University Press, and a short study of Anglican relations with the continent of Europe. He is one of the editors of a projected mulit-volume history of Anglicanism, also to be published by Oxford University Press.

Church commitments

His Church commitments include membership of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England, the Anglican-Old Catholic Co-ordinating Council, and the Steering Committee of the Porvoo Study Network. He was editor of Third Millennium, the journal of Affirming Catholicism, from 1996 to 2005.

Research supervision

Past PhD supervision has included the following subjects:

  • The growth of the diocese of London between the wars
  • The theology of Oliver Chase Quick
  • Bishop Selwyn, episcopacy and the Anglican Communion
  • The theology of work
  • Cambridge theology and Essays Catholic and Critical
  • Thomas Hardy, Hans Urs von Balthasar and the theology of tragedy
  • Pneumatology and Institutionalism in the Church
  • The ecclesiology of the Mission-Shaped Church report

Current PhD research includes:

  • Church and community use in East London in the late C20th
  • The ‘beautiful soul’, sanctification and the theology of aesthetics
  • The ecumenical commitment of Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Ecclesiology, kenosis and recognition
  • Bishops in the reign of George II
  • High Churchmen, sacrifice and the First World War
  • Unity and the ecclesiology of William Temple

Selected publications

Single-authored books

  • The Church in the Modern Age (I.B. Tauris, 2007, also published as Das Christentum im 20. Jahrhundert. Kirche zwischen Politik und Gesellschaft, Kreuz Verlag, 2008)
  • F.D. Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • Renewed by the Word: The Bible and Christian Revival since the Reformation (John Hunt/Hendrickson, 2005)
  • Catholicism and Folk Religion (DLT, 1995)
  • Religion and Urban Change. Croydon 1840-1914 (Boydell and Brewer, 1992)

Edited books

  • An Acceptable Sacrifice? Homosexuality and the Church (edited, with D. Dormor) (SPCK, 2007)
  • To Build Christ’s Kingdom: an F.D. Maurice Reader (SCM/Canterbury Press, 2007)
  • The Unity We Have and the Unity We Seek: Ecumenical Prospects for the Third Millennium (edited, with N. Sagovsky) (Continuum, 2003)

Articles

  • ‘”Separated Brethren”: French Catholics and the Oxford Movement’, in S.J. Brown & P. Nockles (ed.), The Oxford Movement: Europe and the Wider World 1830-1930 (CUP, forthcoming)
  • ‘Porvoo: the longue durée – an Anglican background’, in J. Rusama (ed.), Together in Mission and Ministry (forthcoming, in the Nordic Ecumenical Study Series)
  • 'Religion in Modern Gwent' in A. Croll and C. Williams (eds.), Gwent County History Vol. 5. Modern Gwent (University of Wales Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Preaching the Oxford Movement’, in W. Gibson & K. Francis (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on the British Sermon, 1689-1901 (OUP, forthcoming)
  • ‘Secularization and Religious Experience: Arguments in the Historiography of Modern British Religion’, Historical Journal (2012)
  • ‘Edinburgh 1910: A Retrospective Assessment’, in Ecclesiology (2011)
  • ‘George Ridding and the Diocese of Southwell: a Study in the National Church Ideal’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2010)
  • ‘Newman, the Common Tradition, and the unity of the Church’, in E. Botto & H. Geisler (eds.), Una ragionevole fede. Logos e dialogo in John Henry Newman (2010)
  • ‘Europe’s inner vacuum: religion and the unmaking of Europe’, in L’Atlantide (2008) (published as ‘Il vuoto interiore dell’Europa’)
  • ‘The Spirit of Comprehension: Examining the Broad Church Synthesis’, Anglican and Episcopal History (2006)
  • ‘Whose history? Historical method and ecclesiology in ecumenical context’, Ecclesiology (2005)
  • 'The Oxford Movement' and 'Anglo-Catholic Spirituality' in P. Sheldrake (ed.), The New Dictionary of Spirituality (SCM, 2005)
  • 'An infallible fact-factory going full blast': Austin Farrer, Marian doctrine and the travails of Anglo-Catholicism', in R.N. Swanson (ed.) Studies in Church History, vol. 39 (2004)
  • 'The Text as Sacrament: Broad Church Philology', in R.N. Swanson (ed.), Studies in Church History, vol. 38 (2004)
  • 'The strange death of Christian Britain: another look at the secularisation debate', The Historical Journal, vol. 46 (2003)
  • 'The Future of Church and State', in J.Caddick, D. Dormor, & J. McDonald (eds.), Anglicanism - the answer to modernity (Continuum, 2003)
  • 'The Unity We Seek: Prospects for the Local Church', in J.N. Morris & N. Sagovsky (eds.), The Unity We Have and the Unity We Seek: Ecumenical Prospects for the Third Millennium (Continuum, 2003)
  • 'Newman and Maurice on the Via Media of the Anglican Church: Contrasts and Affinities' in Anglican Theological Review, vol. 85 (2003)
  • 'A Social Doctrine of the Trinity? A Reappraisal of F.D. Maurice on Eternal Life', Anglican and Episcopal History, vol. 69 (2000)
  • 'A "fluffy-minded Prayer Book fundamentalist?" F.D. Maurice and the Anglican Liturgy', in R.N. Swanson (ed.), Studies in Church History, vol. 35 (1999)
  • 'Luther, Maurice and the Doctrine of Justification: Reinventing the Reformation', in R.N. Swanson (ed.), The Church Retrospective (Studies in Church History, vol. 33) (1997)
  • 'The Regional Growth of Tractarianism: Some Reflections', in P. Vaiss (ed.), From Oxford to the People. Reconsidering Newman and the Oxford Movement (1996)
  • 'Can we over-emphasize God's immanence in creation? Looking from Primavesi to Moltmann', Theology in Green, vol.4 (1994)
  • 'Religious Experience in the Philosophical Theology of Austin Farrer', Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 45 (1994)
  • 'Church and People Thirty-Three Years On: A Historical Critique', Theology, vol. 94 (1991)