Professor John McDowell is a philosopher and theologian, Born in Northern Ireland, he studied theology at the University of Aberdeen and completed doctoral studies at Cambridge University in 1998 under the supervision of Nicholas Lash and David Ford.
From 2000 to 2008 he was the Meldrum Lecturer in Systematic Theology in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2006.
In 2008 he was the inaugural appointment to the Morpeth Chair in Theology and Religion at the University of Newcastle (Australia).
His publications include Hope in Barth’s Eschatology (Ashgate, 2000), The Gospel According to Star Wars (Westminster John Knox, 2007), (as editor) Philosophy and the Burden of Theological Honesty (Continuum T & T Clark, 2011), and The Politics of Big Fantasy (McFarlane, 2014).
His passions include making sense of the cosmos through the Star Wars saga.
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