Dr Richard Bourne

Head of School

School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

I have been fortunate enough to teach across a wide range of areas in theology, philosophy and ethics. My research is primarily in theological ethics and political theology, often in dialogue with contemporary political philosophy. I am also co-writing (with Dr Imogen Adkins) A New Introduction to Theology: Embodiment, Experience and Encounter - a book intended for readers encountering theology for the first time. It introduces them to Christian doctrine as it is embodied and encountered through the arts, culture and politics.

I studied Theology at the University of Exeter, beginning with a BA (1997), carrying on to an MA (1999) and a PhD (2005) on the political theology of the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder. Since then I have taught at the Open Theological College (2005), Lancaster University (2006), Leeds Trinity University (2006-2007), and the University of Cumbria (2005-2015).

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Latest Publications

  1. Bourne, Richard and Adkins, Imogen (2018) A New Introduction to Theology: Embodiment, Experience and Encounter. T. & T. Clark (In Press)
  2. Bourne, Richard (2011) Review of Stephen R. L. Clark Understanding Faith: Religious Belief and Its Place in Society (Imprint Academic, 2009). Theology, 114 (6). pp. 434-468.
  3. Bourne, Richard (2012) Review of Stanley Hauerwas Learning to Speak Christian (SCM, 2011). Modern believing, 53 (4). pp. 470-472.
  4. Bourne, Richard (2013) Review of J. Alexander Sider To See History Doxologically: History and Holiness in John Howard Yoder’s Ecclesiology (Eerdmans, 2011). Ecclesiology, 9 (1). pp. 148-150.
  5. Bourne, Richard (2009) Governmentality, Witness and the State: Christian Social Criticism with and beyond Yoder and Foucault. In: Bergen, Jeremy and Siegrist, Anthony, (eds.) Power & practices : engaging the work of John Howard Yoder. Scottdale, Herald Press, pp. 99-116
  6. Bourne, Richard (2016) Vertigo in the City: Urban Crime, Consumerism and the Theopolitical Act. International Journal of Public Theology, 10 (2). pp. 167-192.
  7. Bourne, Richard (2012) Review of Margaret D. Kamitsuka (ed) The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity (Fortress Press, 2010). Theology & Sexuality, 18 (3). pp. 273-275.
  8. Bourne, Richard (2009) Seek the Peace of the City : Christian Political Criticism as Public, Realist, and Transformative. Cascade
  9. Bourne, Richard (2007) Witness, Democracy and Civil Society: Reflections on John Howard Yoder's Exilic Ecclesiology. Ecclesiology, 3 (2). pp. 195-213.
  10. Bourne, Richard (2014) Communication, Punishment, and Virtue. Journal of Religious Ethics, 42 (1). pp. 78-107.