Dr Brendan Harris

Theology and Religion
Tutor in Theology


MA (Oxon) Philosophy and Theology, Oriel College; MA Christian Theology (Durham); PhD Early Christianity (Emory, USA)

Academic Background

I am originally from Lancaster in the North-West of England and read Philosophy and Theology at Oxford (Oriel College) before completing a Masters in Christian Theology at Durham. I recently obtained my PhD in Historical Theology at Emory University in the USA, where I wrote on the Fourth-Century bishop and theologian Gregory of Nazianzus. I was appointed Tutor in Theology at Christ Church and Departmental Lecturer in Patristics at the Faculty of Theology and Religion in 2019.

Undergraduate Teaching 

Early Christianity; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophical Theology

Research Interests

Greek Patristics, the Cappadocian Fathers, Soteriology, Trinitarian Theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Monasticism, Syriac Christianity. 


‘Irenaeus's Engagement with Rhetorical Theory in his Exegesis of the Johannine Prologue in Adversus Haereses 1.8.5-1.9.3’ Vigiliae Christianae 72.4 (2018): 405-420; ‘Where the Sanctification is One the Nature is One: Pro-Nicene Pneumatology in the Baptismal Theology of Ambrose of Milan’ Studia Patristica 84 (2017): 77-96.