The Rev’d Dr. Christopher Brittain
Dean of Divinity and Margaret E. Fleck Chair in Anglican Studies
Prof. Brittain researches relations within the global Anglican Communion, Contemporary Theology, and Theological Responses to Disaster and Terrorism. In addition, he works on Political Theology and on the writings of the early Frankfurt School on religion and theology. He is currently developing a theological study of the concept of power, entitled Power and Powerlessness.
Prof. Brittain is also engaged in qualitative field research in theology. As such, he is engaged with The Network for Ecclesiology and Ethnography, and an alumnus of the Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations fellowship program. He is also on the editorial boards of the book series Studies in Critical Research on Religion (Brill) and of the journal Critical Research on Religion (Sage).
He is interested in supervising doctoral research projects in areas that include: Political Theology, Social Ethics, Church Conflict, Congregational Studies, Continental Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Disaster, Contemporary Theology and Anglican Theology.
Prof. Brittain is an ordained priest in the Anglican tradition with parish ministry experience, having served in three dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada, in the Episcopal Church of Scotland, and the Diocese of Europe. He is particularly interested in church outreach work with marginalized peoples, and in Christian Education.
An alumnus of the Faculty, Professor Brittain returned to Trinity College in 2017 after serving as Professor of Social and Political Theology at the University of Aberdeen Scotland (2007-2017), and Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax (2002-2006). In 2016-17, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna, and he remains an Honorary member of staff in Divinity at the University of Aberdeen.
Journal Articles and Chapters:
Forthcoming and Current Projects
Holy Scripture and the Church
Justice and Reconciliation
Models of Mission in a Post-Christian Context
Race, Theology, and Diversity
Disaster and Terrorism: Religion and Ethics at Ground Zero Systematic
Theology in an Un-Systematic Age
Theology and Power: Method in Political Theology