History of Christianity

Engage deeply with the Christian past whether your interests lie in centuries long ago or the immediate present.

Research profile

Our approach is interdisciplinary: instructors include historians of Christianity, historical theologians and systematic theologians. Your work will be enriched by the School’s guest lectures and regular research seminars. 

Areas of particular research strength are:

  • Early Christianity and other religions in their ancient Mediterranean context
  • Medieval theology and mysticism
  • Patristics and early Christian history
  • The Reformation and early modern Reformed theology
  • The Enlightenment in a Scottish and international perspective
  • The history of British and European Christianity from the 18th century
  • The history of Christian missions from the 18th century
  • Issues of religion and literature, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries

You can find out more and identify a potential supervisor by looking at the School’s Staff Profiles, which give details of research interests and publications, and email addresses.

Further information

Core staff

Dr Simon Burton

Email: simon.burton@ed.ac.uk

Profile page: Dr Simon Burton

Dr Sara Parvis


Profile page: Dr Sara Parvis

Dr Philippa Townsend

Email: philippa.townsend@ed.ac.uk

Profile page: Dr Philippa Townsend

Dr Kirsteen Murray


Profile page: Dr Kirsteen Murray

Dr Felicity Loughlin


Profile page: Dr Felicity Loughlin

Professor Alison Jack

Email: a.jack@ed.ac.uk

Profile Page: Professor Alison Jack

Dr Linden Bicket

Email: l.bicket@ed.ac.uk

Profile Page: Dr Linden Bicket


Postgraduate Admissions

Phone: +44 (0)131 650 8952

Email: gradschool.div@ed.ac.uk

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