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About Dr Ben Fulford

My initial training was in history, at the University of Cambridge, where I was awarded the Alan Coulson Prize (for dissertations on Commonwealth History). A historical sensibility still informs my outlook and interests. I returned to Cambridge in 2001 to study theology at postgraduate level, and in 2007 I completed a doctoral thesis on the theology of Scripture, drawing on the theologies Gregory of Nazianzus and Hans Frei. Bringing ancient and modern texts and ideas into conversation remains a strong area of interest for me in relation to a variety of topics in contemporary theology.

After completing the thesis, I was appointed to the post of Tutor in Theology at St John’s College, Nottingham. There I taught broad spectrum of topics in Christian doctrine and historical theology to people preparing for ministry. I joined the staff at the University of Chester in January 2012 where I teach subjects in systematic and historical theology, seeking to enable others to explore Christian theology for themselves and to enthuse them to engage its challenges and its potential.

I am an active member of the Society for the Study of Theology and a past member of its Executive Committee (2014-17).



  • Introduction to Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Great Theological Thinkers


  • Key Theological Texts
  • The Theological Interpretation of Christian Scripture


Research Interests

  • Hans Frei and postliberal theologies
  • Gregory of Nazianzus and the Cappadocian Fathers
  • Human vulnerability, fragile goods and the Christian life
  • The theology of marriage and human sexuality
  • The theological interpretation of Scripture
  • Trinitarian theology and Christology
  • Patristic exegesis

PhD (and DProf) supervision

  • I welcome inquiries and proposals for doctoral work in any of the areas above, and on other topics and figures in systematic and historical theology.

External funding

  • AHRC doctoral award (2004)

Published Work


Forthcoming: God’s Patience and our Work: Hans Frei on Freedom and Modern Theology. Contracted to Fortress Press.

2013Divine Eloquence and Human Transformation: Rethinking Scripture and History through Gregory of Nazianzus and Hans Frei. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, July 2013.

Other Select Publications

2016 . ‘Light and darkness, Christianity’ Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception  vol. 15. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. Forthcoming.
2016 . ‘Thinking about marriage with Scripture’, in J. Bradbury & S. Cornwall (eds.), Thinking again about marriage, London: SCM Press, 44-61.
2012 . ‘Gregory of Nazianzus and Biblical Interpretation’, in Beeley, C. ed., Re-Reading Gregory of Nazianzus, Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 31-48.
2011 . ‘Divine Names and the Embodied Intellect: Imagination and Sanctification in Gregory of Nazianzus’ account of Theological Language’, Studia Patristica 50 (2011), 217-231.
2010 . Feeding and Forming the People of God: the Lord, his Supper and the Church in Calvin and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34’, in Greggs, T., ed., New Perspectives for Evangelical Theology: Engaging with God, Scripture and the World, London: Routledge, 2010, 93-107.
2009 . ''One Commixture of Light': Rethinking some modern uses and critiques of Gregory of Nazianzus on the unity and equality of the divine persons', International Journal of Systematic Theology, vol. 11:2 (2009), 172-189. 
2002 . ‘An Igbo Esperanto: A History of the Union Ibo Bible 1900-1950’, Journal of Religion in Africa 32:4 (2002), 457-501.


MA (Cantab); DipThRS (Cantab); MPhil (Cantab); PhD (Cantab): FHEA.