Ruth Jackson Ravenscroft 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 CRASSH website). In the 2019-20 academic year, she is the external Director of Studies for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at Corpus Christi College, and she will be running an MPhil module on Christian Theology and Gender for the Faculty of Divinity. 

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 first academic monograph, The Veiled God: Friedrich Schleiermacher's Theology of Finitude reappraises the early work of the German theologian and philosopher, Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834). It was published in 2019 and you can preview it on Google books. 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, continued via a colloquium in December 2018, and culminated in a special issue of the journal Global Intellectual History in early 2020. This project has been supported and sponsored 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 which ran fortnightly seminars in the academic year 2017-2018. The project continues in 2019 with a professional training opportunity for primary and secondary school teachers, hosted in the Faculty of Divinity. The aim of the training opportunity will be to bring together academic researchers and classroom teachers through knowledge exchange, and to encourage educators to explore the varying relationships and dynamics operating between reader and text. In Spring 2021, the project published a special issue of the journal CounterText, published by Edinburgh University Press. 


With Simon Goldhill, Victorian Encounters with the Bible and Antiquity: The Shock of the Old (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023).

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



  • with Christine Helmer, 'Genderealogy: Erasure and Repair'
  • 'Historical Introduction: Theological Justifications of Nationalism and the Beginnings of 'German Christianity', in Kaplan and Vander Schel (eds.) The Oxford History of Modern German Theology, Volume 1, 1781-1848. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023.
  • Contribution to a roundtable discussion on my monograph, alongside two further monographs on religion and politics in the 19th century, for the journal History of European Ideas 48, no.2 (2022): 168-171.
  • [As Co-Editor] Special Issue of the Journal CounterText (Edinburgh University Press), entitled Theologies of Reading: Positions and Responses. Volume 7, Issue 1 (April 2021).  
  • [As Editor] The editorial introduction to a special issue of Global Intellectual History, on the theme of Theology and Politics in the German Imagination, 1789-1848. Volume 5, Issue 1, (2020): pp.1-8.
  •  'Anonymity as a Strategy in Friedrich Schleiermacher's Early Work, and its Theological and Social Implications', Publications of the English Goethe Society [PEGS] 88, no. 3 (2019): 184-201.
  • ‘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.