The current members of the Modern Believing editorial board are:

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John Barton

Revd Professor John Barton is Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture in the University of Oxford, where he has been throughout his academic career. He specializes in the study of the Old Testament, with an emphasis on ethics, prophecy and canon, and on biblical hermeneutics. He was ordained in the Church of England and assists in the parish of Abingdon, where he lives.

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Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is vice-principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, Reader in Modern Theology at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University. He is also assistant curate in Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath and a clergy representative for General Synod. His many books include Anglican Theology (T & T Clark, 2012) and Doing God: Religion and Public Policy in Brown's Britain (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2008).

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Susannah Cornwall

Susannah Cornwall is Advanced Research Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter. Her research focuses on contextual theologies, particularly those relating to sex, gender and sexuality. She also has interests in disability, homelessness, contextual Bible study, postcolonial theologies, queer theologies, and theologies of art.

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Duncan Dormor

The Revd Duncan J. Dormor is President and Dean of Chapel at St John's College, Cambridge where he teaches sociology of religion in the University. He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, its Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Anglican-Roman Catholic committee, and has written primarily in the area of sexual ethics.

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Leslie J Francis

Revd Canon Professor Leslie J. Francis is Professor of Religions and Education and Director of the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, University of Warwick, and Canon Treasurer and Canon Theologian at Bangor Cathedral. He holds visiting chairs at York St John University and Glyndwr University. His research interests are in religious education, practical, pastoral and empirical theology, and the psychology of religion.

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Paul Freston

Paul Freston is a sociologist of religion. A naturalized Brazilian of British origin, most of his research has been in the area of Latin American religion. He currently holds the CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and is professor of sociology on the post-graduate programme in sociology at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil.

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Elaine Graham

Elaine Graham is the Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester and was, until October 2009, the Samuel Ferguson Professor of Social and Pastoral Theology at the University of Manchester.   Her main research interests are in practical theology, theology and public life and media, culture and religion. She is currently writing a book on public theology and Christian apologetics.

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Helen-Ann Hartley

Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley was appointed as Bishop of Ripon in the Diocese of Leeds in 2018. Formerly, she was the Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand, Tutor in New Testament Studies at Ripon College Cuddesdon, and was involved in the training and formation of ordinands and teaching in the University of Oxford.

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Thomas Hughson

Revd D. Thomas Hughson SJ is Associate Professor Emeritus of Theology at Marquette University. He specializes in the social context of Catholic systematic theology.

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Andrew Linzey

The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey is a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford, and Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen's House, Oxford. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Winchester, Special Professor at Saint Xavier University, Chicago, and the first Professor of Animal Ethics at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana.

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Diarmaid MacCulloch

Diarmaid MacCulloch, DD, FBA, is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford, TV presenter and author. His History of Christianity: the first three thousand years won the 2010 Cundill Prize, the world's largest prize for history. He was knighted in the New Year's Honours List of 2012.

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George Newlands

George Newlands is Professor Emeritus of Divinity in the University of Glasgow, a Fellow of the School of Divinity, Edinburgh and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and President of the Society for the Study of Theology (2013-14). His research interests are in theology and human rights.


Martyn Percy

Revd Canon Professor Martyn Percy is Dean of Christ Church College, Oxford.

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Stephen Pickard

Rt Revd Dr Stephen Pickard is Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn, and Associate Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has spent two decades in theological education teaching systematics and ecclesiology. He is the author of Seeking the Church: An Introduction to Ecclesiology (SCM 2012) and Deputy Chair of the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order.

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James Tengatenga

The Rt Revd James Tengatenga is a former Bishop of Southern Malawi and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Anglicanism at the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee.


Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

The Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes is Rector of the Team Parish of St Luke in the City in the Diocese of Liverpool. Formerly she was Vicar of Belmont & Pittington in the Diocese of Durham. She is an Honorary Fellow of Durham University where she was previously Chaplain & Solway Fellow. A historian before ordination, her academic interests lie in the history of theology and the social, economic and cultural history of religion. She also has an interest in feminist theology and issues surrounding the ordination of women.

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Keith Ward

Keith Ward is at present Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, and before that Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Canon and Emeritus Student of Christ Church, Oxford. He has written a number of books, including a five-volume Comparative Theology (each volume entitled 'Religion and...'), and books on philosophy, ethics, and issues in science and religion.

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Linda Woodhead

Linda Woodhead is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University and President of Modern Church. Her main interest is in documenting and analysing religious change in modern societies, relating it to wider social changes, and thinking through practical and political implications. She has carried out empirical research in Britain, the USA, India and parts of Europe,   and written about Christianity, spirituality, neo-Hinduism and Islam in Europe.