Douglas Farrow

Academic title(s): 

Professor of Theology and Christian Thought

sometime holder of the Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies

Douglas Farrow
Contact Information
Address: 

3520 University Street, Room 208
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2A7, Canada

Phone: 
514-398-8945
Fax number: 
514-398-6665
Email address: 
douglas.farrow [at] mcgill.ca
Degree(s): 

B.R.E., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D. (King's College London)

Curriculum vitae: 
Specialization: 

Historical and Systematic Theology; Theological Anthropology and Ethics; Political Theology

Biography: 

Professor Farrow is a Canadian citizen, married with five children.  Before coming to McGill in 1998, he taught in the U.K. at King's College London, after completing his doctorate there under Colin Gunton. At McGill, alongside his lecturing and graduate supervision, he has served on the university's Academic Policy Committee, as on numerous Faculty or School committees, and engaged in the work of the Newman Institute. He pursues a broad range of interdisciplinary interests, anchored in theology, with colleagues here and elsewhere in North America or Europe. SS Paul, Irenaeus, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and John Paul II provide much of the inspiration for these labours, which have a dual focus on classical theological loci and modern problems in the Church or in civil and state institutions, including the university.  

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

2019 Cardinal Wright Award

Courses: 

RELG 333 Principles of Theology 1: An introduction to the central questions, claims, and categories of Christian thought, considered in their narrative and credal context, with discussion of the nature of theology and the relation between faith and reason.

RELG 434 Principles of Theology 2: Examines in more depth methodological issues as well as particular themes in theology, christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology, through readings in major theologians.

RELG 470 Theological Ethics: Examines ancient and modern sources of Christian moral thought against a backdrop of contemporary alternatives.

RELG 334 Christian Thought and Culture: Treats selected cultural and countercultural features of Christianity, with attention to theological anthropology and, for example, to political and legal philosophy, or social and bioethics, or the creative arts.

RELG 630 Theological Foundations: Graduate seminar (topic varies); RELG 633 Theology of Karl Barth or RELG 635 Christology and Ecclesiology may be substituted.

Current research: 

Autonomy and Heteronomy

Ecclesiology and the Papacy

Sex and the Death of Education (SeDE)

Selected publications: 

Ascension and Ecclesia: On the significance of the doctrine of the ascension for ecclesiology and Christian cosmology (T & T Clark 1999)

Recognizing Religion in a Secular Society: Essays in Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy (McGill-Queen’s 2004)

Nation of Bastards: Essays on the End of Marriage (BPS Books 2007)

Ascension Theology (T & T Clark 2011)

Desiring a Better Country: Forays in Political Theology (McGill-Queen's 2015)

Theological Negotiations: Proposals in Soteriology and Anthropology (Baker Academic 2018)

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (Brazos 2020)

See curriculum vitae for a full listing of books and articles. Some of the latter are available on Academia.edu.

Graduate supervision: 

Theology (Patristic and Modern), Theological Ethics, Political Theology

Projects: 

Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy

The Fortnightly Philosophy and Theology Seminar

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