Mike  Higton Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Mike Higton

I study Christian theology, specialising in recent interpretations of classical Christian doctrines, and their relationship to the life of the churches. I am particularly interested in 'postliberal' interpretations of doctrine, though I am happy to mix them with various other kinds of interpretation. I have written or co-written books on Hans Frei, Rowan Williams, the theology of higher education, biblical hermeneutics and Scriptural Reasoning, and the history of modern theology.

Subjects: Religion


In 1991, at the beginning of the third year of my undergraduate degree, I made a last-minute decision to switch from maths to theology – and I haven’t looked back since. I started my first teaching job in 1999 in Exeter’s Department of Lifelong Learning, overseeing evening classes in theology all over the South West from Truro to Yeovil, and developing distance learning courses. In 2005 I moved over to the Department of Theology, where I taught modern Christian theology and the history of Christian doctrine, and became became Head of Department in 2006. In 2010, I took up a three-year secondment to the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, to develop research programmes bringing together scholars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and helping develop associated public education projects.

My post in Durham is part of the University's 'Common Awards' partnership with the Church of England. I am responsible for academic input into the University's validation of the Common Awards in Theology, Ministry and Mission offered by the Church in colleges and courses around the country, and for developing collaborative research projects that bring together people from the church and university sectors to discuss the future of theological education.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    The Nature of Christian Doctrine
    Contemporary Interpretations of Christian Doctrine
    Postliberal Theology
    Anglican Theology
    Biblical Hermeneutics
    Scriptural Reasoning
    Theology of Higher Education


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