Douglas B. Farrow

Academic title(s): 

Professor of Christian Thought

(on sabbatical leave in Winter 2018)

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3520 University Street, Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2A7, Canada


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B.R.E. (Providence)
M.Div. (Grace)
Th.M. (Regent)
Ph.D. (King's London)

Curriculum vitae: 

Historical and Systematic Theology; Ethics; Politics and Religion

Selected publications: 


The Word of Truth and Disputes about Words (Eisenbrauns 1987). A consideration of the function of scripture as an authority for faith.

Ascension and Ecclesia: On the significance of the doctrine of the ascension for ecclesiology and Christian cosmology (T. & T. Clark 1999). The first major treatise on the subject to explore its relation to the history of ideas; winner of the 2000 Canadian Christian Writing Award in the theological/cultural criticism category.

Recognizing Religion in a Secular Society: Essays in Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy (McGill-Queen’s 2004: editor and contributor). By leading theorists and practitioners, including HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Canadian Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

Divorcing Marriage: Unveiling the Dangers in Canada’s New Social Experiment (McGill-Queens 2004: co-editor and contributor). A volume of essays with Daniel Cere on the cultural and legal dimensions of the marriage debate.

Le Mariage Attaqué (co-editor and contributor; Les éditions des Oliviers 2005). An expanded French edition of Divorcing Marriage, with Jacques Henripin, Ernest Caparros, and Daniel Cere.

Nation of Bastards: Essays on the End of Marriage (BPS Books 2007). A theopolitical work exploring the relationship between the institution of marriage and civil freedom.

A Matter of Conscience (Justin Press 2009). With John Haas, Maria Kraw and Francois Pouliot.

Ascension Theology (T & T Clark 2011). A revision and extension of the project begun in Ascension and Ecclesia.

See Curriculum vitae for a full listing.


'St. Irenaeus of Lyons: The Church and the World'. Pro Ecclesia 4.3, 1995, 333-355.

'In the End is the Beginning: A Review of Jürgen Moltmann's Systematic Contributions'. Modern Theology 14.3, 1998, 425-447.

'The Doctrine of the Ascension in Irenaeus and Origen'. ARC 26, 1998, 31-50 (Presented to the Patristics & Byzantine Society, Oxford).

'Apophatic Theology'. Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th ed., vol 1. (J. C. B. Mohr 1998).

'A Response to Robert Jenson's Systematic Theology'. International Journal of Systematic Theology 1.1, 1999, 89-95.

'Henosis'. Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th ed., vol 2. (J. C. B. Mohr 1999).

'Eucharist, Eschatology, and Ethics'. The Future as God's Gift, ed. D. Fergusson & M. Sarot, T. & T. Clark 2000, 199-215.

'Karl Barth on the Ascension'. International Journal of Systematic Theology 2.2, 2000, 127-150.

'Is Theological Education Possible?' Pro Ecclesia 9.4, 2000, 404-413.

'A Modest Proposal for Improving Darwin's Dangerous Idea'. The Newman Rambler 4.2, 2000, 26-32.

'The Fall'. Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, ed. A. Hastings, et al. (2000), 233-235.

'Heaven in the Christian Tradition' (Catholic Theology; Contemporary Theology). Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th ed., vol 3. (J.C B. Mohr 2000).

'Between the Rock and a Hard Place: In Support of (something like) a Reformed View of the Eucharist'. International Journal of Systematic Theology 3.2, 2001, 167-186.

'Confessing Christ Coming'. Nicene Christianity, ed. C. Seitz (Brazos Press 2001), 133-148.

'Ascension and Atonement'. The Theology of Reconciliation, ed. C. Gunton (T. &. T. Clark/Continuum 2003), 67-91.

'Three Meanings of Secular'. First Things, no. 133, May 2003, 20-23.

'Beyond Nature, Shy of Grace'. International Journal of Systematic Theology 5.3, 2003, 261-286.

'Anglicanism Runs Aground'. First Things (January 2005), 11-13.

'The Doctrine of the Church'. Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of Scripture ed. Kevin Vanhoozer (Baker Academic 2005), 115-119.

'A quel sécularisme nous vouer?' La Religion dans la sphère publique ed. Solange LeFebvre (U. de. Montreal 2005), 329-354.

'Person and Nature: A Critique of the Necessity-Freedom Dialectic in John Zizioulas'. The Person of Christ, ed. M. Rae (T. & T. Clark 2005), 87-104.

'Church, Ecumenism, and Eschatology'. The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology ed. J. Walls (OUP 2007), 347-364.

'Resurrection and Immortality'. The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology, ed. J. Webster et al. (OUP 2007), 212-235.

'Melchizedek and Modernity'. The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology, ed. R. J. Bauckham et al. (Eerdmans 2009) 281-301.

'Are you Catholic?'. Canadian Converts (Justin Press 2009) 59-109.

'Baking Bricks for Babel?' Nova et Vetera 8.4 (December 2010) 745-62.

  • Project Director for Pluralism, Religion & Public Policy
  • Consultant in the Institute for the Study of Marriage, Law and Culture
  • Co-editor of Ashgate’s Great Theologians series
  • Editorial board, International Journal of Systematic Theology (Blackwell)
  • Freelance journalist
  • Member, past or present, of the following organizations and societies:
    • American Academy of Religion
    • Canadian Theological Society
    • Dulles Colloquium (Religion and Public Life Institute)
    • Institute for the Study of Marriage, Law and Culture
    • Karl Barth Society of North America
    • King's College Research Institute in Systematic Theology
    • Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education
    • Society of Biblical Literature
    • Society for the Study of Theology
    • Theology through the Arts (Built Environment Project