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Ian Markham





The Very Rev Ian Markham

Dean and President

Virginia Theological Seminary

3737 Seminary Road 

Alexandria, VA 22304 



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DATE OF BIRTH: 19.9.62.MARITAL STATUS: Lesley 1987


STATUS: American Citizen


ORDINATION: June 9 2007 (as Deacon in the Episcopal Church)



PhD in Christian Ethics - University of Exeter.(1995)

M.Litt. in Philosophy and Ethics - University of

Cambridge. (1986-1989)

B.D. in Theology - University of London. (1982-1985)



August 2007 to Present: Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary


August 2001 to 2007: Dean of Hartford Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics


December 1998-July 2001: Foundation Dean and Liverpool Professor of Theology and Public Life at Liverpool
Hope University (then called Liverpool Hope University College).


September 1996-December 1998: Liverpool Professor of Theology and Public Life at Liverpool Hope University.


September 1989-August 1996: Lecturer in Theology at University of Exeter.




Associate Priest, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, 2007 to Present

Visiting Professor of Globalization, Ethics, and Islam at Leeds Metropolitan University September 2005 – 2008.

Editor of Conversations in Religion and Theology May 2003 – May 2008.

Editor of Reviews in Religion and Theology January 2006 – January 2008.

Member of an Accreditation Visiting Team for NEASC at Holy Apostles College and Seminary October 2005

Taskforce on the Integrity Standard for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 2004

Management Committee of the Interfaith Foundation.  Active patrons (i.e. attend most meetings) Prince Hussan, Prince Philip, and Sir Evelyn Rothschild. 1998-2001.

Council Member and Director of the Advertising Standards Authority.  1993-1999.

Committee Member of the Lambeth Diploma Committee 1995-1998.

Associate Editor of Teaching Religion and Theology (Blackwell Publishing) 1997-2001.

Editor Theological Book Review 1998-2001.

Chair: Knowsley Early Years Partnership Forum: October 1997 – 2001.

Director: Engaging the Curriculum.  1996 - Finish Jan 1999.

Board Social Responsibility, Liverpool. November 1997-2001.

Panel Bishops’ Inspectors. November 1997-2001.

Trustee: Christian Theology Trust. November 1997-2001.  Chairman: Christian Theology Trust. March 2000-2001.

Treasurer and Trustee of the SCM Press Trust.  1998-1999.

2nd April 1998: Editorial board member of the journal ‘Political Theology’ edited by Graeme Smith & Alison Webster.

Convenor of the Forum on Religion and Theology 1997.





  1. December 2006. Robinson Fellow, University of Glasgow
  2. December 2004: Teape Lectures. Series of three lectures delivered in India (St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and Bishop’s College, Calcutta).
  3. Award from the Yale Centre for Faith & Culture (based at Yale Divinity School) – one of the 2004 winners of a competition for creativity in teaching future church leaders ways of living faith and values in all spheres of life. Course title: ‘Daily Space with God: the Practices of Personal Devotions in Mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic,
    and Evangelical Traditions.’
  4. March 2004: ‘Social Identity Series’: Speaker on ‘Religion, Tolerance and Social Identity’ at the University of Kentucky.
  5. January 2001: The Teape Seminars.  University of Cambridge.
  6. April to June 2000: Claggett Fellow.  Research appointment attached to the Washington National Cathedral.
  1. 10th November 1997: Participant at the Interfaith Foundation Meeting in Amman,  Jordon.
  2. 12th July - 17th August 1997: (Frank Woods Fellow) Trinity College: Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
  3. July - September 1991: Visiting Research Fellow at The Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York.



  1.     ‘Resources for Interfaith Dialogue’. Theological Scholars Grants from the Association of Theological Schools 2007-8.
  2.     ‘Teaching Dialogue’. Project Director for a $37,000 grant in Teaching and Learning from the Wabash Centre for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.



Courses taught.

Virginia Theological Seminary

MA Level:

  • Christian Theology of Other Religions
  • Money, Ministry and Management
  • Are We All Bound to Heaven: The Christian Theology of Other religions
  • Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • Christian Ethics in the Public Square
  • Wrestling with the Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophical Theology
  • Faith in the Triune God


Hartford Seminary:

DMin Level:

  • Colleague Seminar II: The art of ministry in congregations.
  • Are we all heaven bound? Christian Theology and Religious Diversity.

MA Level:

  • Constructive Theology
  • Historical Theology.
  • Improving the Worship Experience: Music, Theology, and Worship
  • Learning from Others.
  • Modern Theology
  • Daily Space with God
  • Religion and Conspiracy Theories


Liverpool Hope University College:


  • Interfaith Ethics
  •       Ecumenical Ethics
  •       Christian Theology: An Introduction


  • Conflict and Convergence in Interfaith
  •       Research Methodology
  •       Liberals and Conservatives: the New Divide
  •       Radical Christianity.


University of Exeter:


  • Introduction to Theological Questions
  • Philosophical Questions about Religion
  • Christian Ethics
  • Christianity and Other Religions
  • MA Methodology in Theology


  • British Theology in Context


  • 2nd Year Certificate in Theology




  • Plurality and Christian Ethics, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994) xiv + 221pp. 
    Revised edition November 1999 with SevenBridgesPress.
  • Truth and the Reality of God (Edinburgh: T&T Clark 1998 ) x + 145pp.
  • A Theology of Engagement (Oxford: Blackwell 2003) xi + 244pp. 
  • Understanding Christian Doctrine (Oxford: Blackwell 2007) xii + 248pp.
  • Liturgical Life Principles: How Being an Episcopalian Can Lead to Healthy and Authentic Living (New York: Morehouse Publishing 2009) 112 pp.
  • Engaging with Beduizzaman Said Nursi: A Model for Interfaith Dialogue (Surry: Ashgate Publishing Limited 2009) 179 pp.
  • Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris are Fundamentally Wrong (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) 162 pp.
  • An Introduction to Said Nursi: Life, Thought and Writings, with Suendam Birinci Pirim (Surry: Ashgate Publishing 2012) 189 pp.



  • A World Religions Reader (Oxford: Basil Blackwell 1996)  367pp.
  • Encountering Religion. Joint editor with Tinu Ruparell.  (Oxford: Blackwell 2001) 382pp.
  • Do Morals Matter? A Guide to Contemporary Religious Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell 2007) 212pp.


Practical Theology

  • The Godparent’s Handbook  Co-authored with Giles Legood (London: SPCK) 136pp. 
  • A Church Wedding Handbook Co-authored with Giles Legood (London: SPCK 2000) 151pp.
  • The Funeral Handbook  Co-authored with Giles Legood (London: SPCK 2003)  American edition Christian Hope, Christian Practice: A Funeral Guide (Hendrickson 2004)


Edited Collections

  • A Middle Way Joint editor with John Elford.  (London: SCM Press 2000) 303pp.  Contributed a chapter entitled ‘Ronald Preston and the Contemporary Ethical Scene’ p257-265.
  • Theological Liberalism. Creative and Critical.  Joint editor with J’annine Jobling.  (London: SPCK 2000). 
  • September 11: Religious Perspectives on the Causes and Consequences Joint editor with Ibrahim Abu-Rabi.  (Oxford: Oneworld 2002) 292pp.  Contributed a chapter entitled ‘9:11. Contrasting reactions and the challenge of dialogue’.
  • Globalization, Ethics and Islam: The Case of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (Aldershot: Ashgate 2005) 212pp.  Joint editor with Ibrahim Ozdemir.  Contributed two chapters ‘Religious or Secular: the ethics of Said Nursi’ and ‘Rethinking Globalization: Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Risale-I Nur in conversation with Empire by Hardt and Negri.
  • Why Liberal Churches are Growing?.  Joint editor with Martyn Percy.  Contributed one chapter ‘Two conditions for a growing liberal church.’


In press

  • Non-Violent and Engaged Islam: An Introduction to and Readings in Said Nursi




  • ‘Trends and Directions in Contemporary Theology: Anglican Theology in The Expository Times, volume 122, number 5, February 2011 pp 209-217.
  • A Discussion: Richard Burridge’s Jesus: Imitating Jesus: reading the Eternal Word in Scottish Journal of Theology, volume 63, issue 03, Summer 2010 pp 340-345.
  • ‘Distinguishing Hope from Utopian Aspiration: Revisiting Reinhold Niebuhr’ in Richard Harries and Stephen Platten (eds) Reinhold Niebuhr & Contemporary Politics: God & Power (New York: Oxford University Press 2010) pp. 129-140.
  • ‘Living Life in the Light of Death: A Conversation with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’ in Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi (ed.) Theodicy and Justice in Modern Islamic Thought: The Case of Said Nursi (Aldershot: Ashgate 2010) pp. 19-27.
  • ‘Spirituality Meets Civic Engagement’ in Implicit Religion Vol. 12, No. 2, July 2009, pp. 125-133.
  • ‘Theological Perspective’ Romans 4:13-25 in David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (eds) Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year B, Volume 2 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press 2008) pp. 62-66.
  • ‘Theological Perspective’ Corinthians 1:18-25 in David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (eds) Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year B, Volume 2 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press 2008) pp. 86-90.
  • ‘Theological Perspective’ Ephesians 2:1-10 in David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (eds) Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year B, Volume 2 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press 2008) pp. 110-114.
  • ‘Grounded Spitiruality: The Challenge of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’ in Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi (ed.) Spiritual Dimensions of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Risale-I Nur, (Albany: State University of New York Press 2008) pp. 53-67.
  • ‘Truth in Religion’ in Chad Meister and Paul Copan (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, (New York: Routledge 2007) pp. 193-203.
  • ‘Revisionism’ in John Webster, Kathryn Tanner, Iain Torrance (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology (New York: Oxford 2007) pp.600-616.
  • ‘Theological Liberals: Rethinking the past, Present and Future in Paul Middleton (ed) The God of Love and Human Dignity (New York: T&T Clark 2007) pp. 183-190.
  • ‘Theology’ in Robert A. Segal (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion, (Oxford: Blackwell 2006) pp.193-210
  • Response to Steven Kepnes’ in Iqbal Review: Journal of Iqbal Academy of Pakistan, April, October 2005.
  • ‘Truth and Toleration: Hebblethwaite, Hick, and Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’, in Julius Lipner (ed.) Truth, Religious Dialogue and Dynamic Orthodoxy, (London: SCM Press 2005)
  • ‘Global Peace and Justice: The Christian Perspective’ in Policy Perspectives Volume 2, April 2005, No.1
  • ‘Zins V. Ethisch’ in Theologische Realenzyklopädie (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter 2004) pp.687-691.
  • ‘Christianity and Other Religions’ in Gareth Jones (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology (Oxford: Blackwells 2003), pp.405-17.
  • Two articles appeared in Leslie Houlden (ed.) Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia called ‘Modern Ethics’ and ‘North American Christianity’.  
  • ‘Theology that sells’ – editorial in Conversations in Religion and Theology, pp. 115-123
  • Three short articles ‘belief’, ‘religion’, and ‘pluralism’, in Wesley Carr (ed.) The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies (SPCK 2002).
  • ‘The Politics of Inclusivity’ in Humanitas. The Journal of the George Bell Institute  2 (2) 2001: 139-156.
  • ‘A Sermon from Oxford’, in Modern Believing, 42 (1) 2001:
  • ‘Demant, Vigo Auguste’ (1893-1983) in Trevor A. Hart (ed.) The Dictionary of Historical Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans 2000) p.155-6.
  • ‘Religion’ in Encyclopedia of Nationalism Volume 1. San Diego Academic Press 2001: 631-636.
  • ‘The Meaning and the Ends of Teaching Religion’ in Teaching Religion and Theology  3 (1) 1998:135-138
  • ‘Ethical and Legal issues’ in British Medical Bulletin  54 (4) 1998:1011-1021
  • ‘Spirituality and the world faiths’ in Mark Cobb and Vanessa Robshaw (ed.) The Spiritual Challenge of Health Care (London: Churchill Livingstone 1998) pp 73-87.
  • ‘Religion and Ethics’ in Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Volume 3 (Academic Press 1998) pp799-808.
  • ‘A Defence of Unemployment and the Future of Work’ in M.Brown and P.Sedgwick (eds.) Putting Theology to work: A Theological Symposium on Unemployment and the Future of Work.  pp.17-21.
  • ‘Shades of Grey: The Pope, Christian Ethics, and the Ambiguity of Human Situations’ in Briefing, July 1997. pp 28-40.
  • ‘Tapping Alternative Traditions: Culture not Economics’  in  Crucible, Jan/March 1997.  pp 2-14.
  • ‘Toleration and “Engaging the Curriculum”’ in Engaging the Curriculum Bulletin. (Council of Church and Associated Colleges), Issue No.4, Sept. 1996. pp3-5.  To be reprinted in Adrian Thatcher (ed.) Theology in Dialogue: Spirituality - an Introduction.
  • 'Theological Problems and Israel' in A Christian-Jewish Dialogue: A Reader edited by Helen Fry.  (Exeter: Exeter University Press 1996)pp123-126.
  • 'An Open Orthodoxy', Reviews in Religion and Theology, (2) 1995:42-46
  • 'Creating Options: Shattering the Exclusivist, Inclusivist, and Pluralist' Paradigm', New Blackfriars, 74 (867) 1993: 33-41.
  • 'Teaching Theology in a Modern University', Theology, 94 (760) 1991:260-269.
  • 'Faith and Reason: Reflections on MacIntyre's 'Tradition-Constituted Enquiry', Religious Studies, 27 1991:259-267.  Reprinted in J.Astley and L. J. Francis (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Christian Education (Leominster: Gracewing 1994)484-93.
  • 'Hume Revisted: A Problem with the Free Will Defence', Modern Theology, 7 (3) 1991:281-290.
  • 'World Perspectives and Arguments: Disagreements about Disagreements', Heythrop Journal, 30 (1) 1989:1-12.
  • ‘Spirituality in a tradition: A Response to the Errickers’ in Adrian Thatcher (ed.) Theology in Dialogue: Spirituality - an Introduction (London: Cassells).  Due November.
  • Editorial, Reviews in Religion and Theology, 18:1 (2011) Blackwell Publishing Ltd.




  • ‘2011 Lenten Meditations’ in Episcopal Relief and Development, March 2011
  • ‘Did Bush Cooperate with Terrorists? Making Conspiracy Theories Respectable can be dangerous,’ in Zion’s Herald November 2004.
  • ‘Conversing with Islam: A Visit with the Pat Robertson of Pakistan’ in Zion’s Herald March/April 2004 178 (2) :33-34
  • ‘The way to God is paved with disagreement’ in the Face to Faith column in The Guardian. March 20th 1998
  • ‘Feuding Theologians do not help’ in The Independent January 30th 1998.
  • ‘Modern Theology: Biblical Picture of Providence’. Farmington Papers.  1997. pp 1 - 8
  • ‘The Ontological Argument’ in Dialogue, a journal for Religious Studies and Philosophy: Issue No7, November 1996. pp 3-10.
  • ‘Why should we suppose that our own death is any different from that of a pet cat or a squashed hedgehog?  Questions People Ask. Is there really a life after death?’  in Expository Times  107 (6) 1996:164-169.