Denys Turner

Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology

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Denomination: Roman Catholic

Professor Turner has taught on a wide range of subjects, including contemporary philosophy of religion, metaphysics, ethics, political and social theory, medieval philosophy and theology, and the history of medieval mysticism. His area of concentration is the study of the traditions of Western Christian mysticism, with special emphasis on doctrines of religious language and of selfhood and on the links between the classical traditions of spirituality and mysticism and the social and political commitments of Christianity. He has written numerous books and articles on these subjects, most recently Faith, Reason, and the Existence of God; Faith Seeking; The Darkness of God; and Eros and Allegory. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Catholic Institute for International Relations, the Committee for the World of Work of the Roman Catholic Conference of Bishops of England and Wales, the Laity Commission of the Roman Catholic Conference of Bishops of England and Wales, and the Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for England. Prior to his appointment at Yale, Professor Turner served as the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University.

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B.A. University College, Dublin.
M.A. University College, Dublin.
D.Phil,  University of Oxford


  1. Faith, Reason, and the Existence of God (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  2. Silence and the Word, Negative Theology and Incarnation, co-ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
  3. Faith Seeking (London, SCM, 2002)
  4. The Darkness of God (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
  5. Eros and Allegory (Cistercian Publications, 1995)
  6. Marxism and Christianity (Blackwell, 1983)
  7. On the Philosophy of Karl Marx (Sceptre, 1968)
  8. The Church in the Modern World, ed. (Sceptre, 1968)