Richard Bauckham (b. 1946) recently retired as Professor of New Testament at St Andrew’s University is now an Associate Staff member at Ridley Hall in Cambridge . In addition to his writings on New Testament he has written extensively on both historical theology and contemporary theology where he is an expert on Moltmann.
Lisa Sowle Cahill is J. Donald Monan Professor, Boston College where she has taught since 1976 and has been a visiting professor at Georgetown and Yale Universities. She is a leading Roman Catholic moral theologian who has been willing to criticize and develop traditional teaching in relation to both sexual and medical ethics. She is Past President of both the Catholic Theological Society of America (1992-93) and the Society of Christian Ethics (1997-98).
I first discovered Hans Boersma through his work on the atonement and violence – Violence, Hospitality and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition He is an evangelical theologian who serves as J.I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regents College, Vancouver. He did his doctoral work (at the State University of Utrecht) on the doctrine of justification in the 17th century Puritan theologian Richard Baxter.
Jeremy Begbie, an ordained Anglican, is Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke University where he is also Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. He has previously held posts at St Andrew’s University and at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. His area of speciality is Christian doctrine and particularly Christianity and music and the arts.
Michael Banner, an ordained Anglican priest, is Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge, He has served as Director of the ESRC Genomics Research Program and F.D. Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology at King’s College, London. He has been active on various government commissions, chairing a MAFF Committee of Enquiry on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies in the Breeding of Farm Animals (1993-5) and the Department of Health’s CJD Incidents Panel (2000-3). From 1998 to 2006 he also chaired the Home Office’s Animal Procedures Committee. He has been a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission.
Scott Bader Saye has been Helen and Everett H. Jones Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at the Episcopal Seminary of the South West since 2009 (he previously served as Associate Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Scranton). He is best known for his work, Church and Israel after Christendom: The Politics of Election (1999, reprinted 2005). His PhD is from Duke University and he also has an MDiv from Yale Divinity School. His teaching and research interests include social ethics, theological economy, political theology, missional church (fresh expressions/new monasticism/emergent), and Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue.
James Alison (1959-), author and international speaker, is a Roman Catholic priest who was brought up in an evangelical Anglican home (son of a Conservative MP, Michael Alison, baptised as an infant by John Stott).
I discovered James Alison’s work through my research in relation to sexuality and he is a writer whose books I always buy as he is such a stimulating and provocative thinker. Although he has written widely in relation to homosexuality as a gay Catholic priest his work covers a much greater range of subjects, his doctoral work being on the doctrine of original sin. All of his writing is shaped by the thought of Rene Girard which he creatively relates to Christian theology and ethics, often producing fascinating insights into biblical texts.
His main areas of writing are Girard, spirituality, sexuality and sin.
William J. (“Billy”) Abraham (1947-), an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies and Altschuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.
I first got to know William Abraham’s work through his Oxford doctorate on the inspiration of Scripture (where I found he offered an evangelical alternative to the “inerrantist” tradition of Warfield and Hodge) and his work on evangelism. He has most recently been at the heart of the Canonical Theism movement.
His stated areas of expertise are religious epistemology, John Wesley, Wesleyan and Methodist theology, doctrine of revelation, systematic theology, philosophy of religion, evangelism, Cardinal Newman, renewal movements in Christianity, ecclesiology, theological education