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Dr Jackson

Dr Ruth Jackson

Research Fellow in Theology


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Personal Biography


Ruth Jackson hails from Bury in Greater Manchester. She studied Theology and Religious Studies as an undergraduate here at Sidney Sussex, before moving to Corpus Christi College Cambridge for her doctoral research. In 2015, she took up a postdoctoral research fellowship at CRASSH, on the ERC-funded project ‘Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture’. (You can read Ruth's reflections on the project here). In the 2016-2017 academic year, she was Director of Studies for Theology at Corpus Christi College. 

Ruth’s research sits at the intersection of theology, philosophy, literature, and intellectual history, and has focussed on late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century thought in particular. Her PhD thesis reappraised the early work of the German theologian and philosopher, Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834). Her research interests include hermeneutics, religious language, gender and epistemology. 

She is also involved in two collaborative research projects. 

With Dr Hanna Weibye, 'Theology and Politics in the German Imagination 1789-1848', a project which began with a conference in summer 2017, and will culminate in a workshop in 2018 and a special issue of the journal History of European Ideas. This project has been hosted by CRASSH and funded by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies, with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO). 

With Dr Simone Kotva and Dr Laura Kilbride, Theologies of Reading, a CRASSH Research Group running fortnightly seminars in the academic year 2017-2018. 


Selected Publications



The Veiled God : Friedrich Schleiermacher's Theology of Finitude (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming June 2019)    



— ‘The Doctrine of Creation and the Problem of the Miraculous in the Modern Theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher’. In Creation from Nothing and Modern Theology, edited by Gary Anderson and Markus Bockmeuhl (Notre Dame, IN :University of Notre Dame Press, 2017).

— ‘On Gender and Theology in the Mode of Retrieval’. In Theologies of Retrieval, edited by Darren Sarisky (London: T&T Clark, 2017). 

— ‘Photography, Finitude, and the Human Self through Time’, Telos 179 (Summer 2017). 

— ‘Creation, Temporality and the Lord’s Supper in Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Dogmatic Theology’, Theology 116 (September/October 2013) : 332–340. 



— A Macat Analysis of Friedrich Schleiermacher's On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers (London: Routledge, 2018). 

— with Brittany Pheiffer Noble, A Macat Analysis of C.S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man (London: Routledge, 2017).



— 'Race, Difference, and Religion: Is There a Universal Humanity?', A review of Theodore Vial's Modern Religion, Modern Race, Marginalia Review of Books (March 2018) 

— 'Why and How do we Read'?, a blog post for CRASSH about a research seminar series (January 2018)

— with Hanna Weibye, 'Can Reason Make Room for Religion in Public Life?', Aeon Magazine, (September 2017)

— 'Disturbing Faith', in John Hughes, Alison Milbank, and Arabella Milbank, eds. Preaching a Radical Orthodoxy: Sermons for the Christian Year (London: SCM Press, 2017). 

— with Gareth Atkins, Brian Murray and Kate Nichols, Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture, an online exhibition in partnership with the Fitzwilliam Museum. (April 2017)