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The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.




Ian S. Markham was appointed as Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary in August 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at University of Exeter in the United Kingdom where he focused on Christian Ethics. He previously earned an M.Litt. in Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Cambridge and a B.D. in Theology from the University of London.

Before being called to VTS Dean Markham served as Dean and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, as Visiting Professor of Globalization, Ethics, and Islam at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. He also served on the faculty of Liverpool Hope University and University of Exeter.

Dean Markham is the author and editor of numerous books including: Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong, Liturgical Life Principles: How Episcopal Worship Can Lead to Healthy and Authentic Living, Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth, A Theology of Engagement; Truth and the Reality of God; Do Mo rals Matter; Understanding Christian Doctrine and most recently, An Introduction to Said Nursi: Life, Thought and Writings. His awards include the Robertson Fellow 2006; Teape Lecturer in India 2004; Claggett Fellow attached to Washington National Cathedral in 2000; and Frank Woods Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne in 1997.

Dean Markham is married to Lesley Markham and they have one son, Luke. He serves as Priest Associate at St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria.


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In Print

An Introduction to Said Nursi

An Introduction to Said Nursi: Life, Thought, and Writings
with Suendam Birinci Pirim
(Ashgate Pub; 2011)


Christ and Culture

Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth
(Church Publishing; 2010)


Against Atheism

Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong
(Blackwell Pub; 2010)


Engaging with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

Engaging with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi : A Model of Interfaith Dialogue
(Ashgate, 2009)


World Religions Reader

World Religions Reader (3rd Edition)
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)


Liturgical Life Principles

Liturgical Life Principles: How Episcopal Worship Can Lead to Healthy and Authentic Living,
Morehouse Publishing (November 2009)


Understanding Christian Doctrine

Understanding Christian Doctrine,
Blackwell Publishing Limited (November 2007)


Do Morals Matter?

Do Morals Matter?: A Guide to Contemporary Religious Ethics,
Blackwell Publishing Limited (2006)


Why Liberal Churches are Growing

Why Liberal Churches are Growing,
Continuum Intl Pub Group (2006)


A Theology of Engagement

A Theology of Engagement,
Blackwell Publishing Limited (2003)


September 11

September 11 : Religious Perspectives on the Causes and Consequences,
(co-edited with Ibrahim M. Abu-Rab), National Book Network (2003)

Click here for a full listing of Dr. Markham's publications.

On Campus Sermons (Audio)

1/31/2011 - First Day of Spring Semester


11/1/10 - All Saint's Day Sermon


10/25/10 - Chapel Fire Sermon


September 7, 2010 - Sermon on First Day of School Year


March 25, 2010 - Sermon on Citizenship


February 1, 2010


January 13, 2010 - Haiti


September 8, 2009

Writings, Sermons, Lectures

March 24, 2013 - Palm Sunday Sermon (Text)


Sermon for Monday February 25


October 16, 2012 - Remarks at the 2nd Annual Interfaith Dinner for Clergy


December 12, 2010 - Sermon on faith and doubt


November 14, 2010 - Sermon preached at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church


Christian Scholars review - "Against Atheism" (Fall 2010)


Monday, October 25, 2010 - Sermon after Seminary Fire


A Discussion: Richard Burridge’s Jesus: Imitating Jesus: reading the Eternal Word
(Summer 2010) Scottish Journal of Theology, volume 63, issue 03


Fridays at the Seminary (Powerpoint):
Scandalous Risks: Looking at Faith, Brokeneness, and Doubt through Susan Howatch's Starbridge novels (May 14, 2010)

More Writings, Sermons, Lectures

Ian Markham: Try a Different Worship Service - Video interview with Church Next (2/15/2012)

A Strongly Creedal Church - Essay from Dean Markham and the Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston; The Living Church (December 23, 2010)

Diocese of Chicago's Clergy Conference, Dean Markham presentation (October 18, 2010)

Radio Show (Audio) BBC Sunday Sequence - Dean Markham appears around 1:17:15 (September 15, 2010)

Washington Examiner Interview with Ian S. Markham
(July 31, 2010)

Sermon (Audio): Dean Markham's Citizenship (March 25, 2010)

Article: Dean Markham speaks on 'Witness to peaceful co-existence' with other faiths at the Diocese of Atlanta’s 11th annual Ministry Fair at the Cathedral of St. Philip (March 9, 2010)

Video: Dean Markham's talk aa part of Atlanta's Ministry Fair 2010 - The Great Gathering (March 6, 2010)

Welcoming Students Back
(February 1, 2010)

Seeing Through Faith
(January 27, 2010) - TPM - The Phiosopher's Magazine

Dean Markham Sermon and Adult Forum(October 4, 2009) - St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA

Dean Markham Sermon (September 8, 2009)

"What Christians Can Learn from Bediuzzaman Said Nursi" (August 11, 2009)
given at the Rumi Forum (Click here for text).

"Is Greed So Bad?"
(July 21, 2009)
Article on Patheos Web site, Public Square

Reflections on General Convention
(July 16, 2009)
given at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Alexandria PDF

Why Liberal Churches are Growing
(February 26, 2009)
given at the Washington National Cathedral

Spirituality Meets Civic Engagement (December 5, 2008)
given at Leeds Metropolitan Univeristy on the occassion of the inauguration of the Institute of Spirituality, Religion & Public Life PDF

Dean Markham's Interview with Day 1 (August 24, 2008)

Welcome Sermon to the Class of 2011
(August 11, 2008)

Anglican Communion Sunday Sermon
(August 10, 2008)
given at Good Shepherd, Burke, VA

St. Paul's Church Lenten Series, "Christianity 101"

(February 10, 2008) - Part I: Finding a Way Into Faith (.mp3)
(February 17, 2008) - Part II: Science as a Reason for Faith (.mp3)
(February 24, 2008) - Part III: The Word of God as a Life (.mp3)
presented by Bishop Mark Dyer
(March 2, 2008) - Part IV: Understanding God as Triune (.mp3)
(March 9, 2008) - Part V: Humanity Fallen and Redeemed (.mp3)
presented by Bishop Mark Dyer
(March 16, 2008) - Part VI: Easter as the Christian Response to the Problem of Evil (.mp3)

Martha Horne Inaugural Lecture

(October 21, 2007) - Part 1: Living into Orthodoxy: What does that mean?
(October 28, 2007) - Part 2: Being Orthodox and Open

Robertson Fellowship Lecture

Conservatives and Dialogue: Why it is Essential to get Conservatives Excited About the Liberal Project

Teape Lectureship (December 2004)

The Teape Lectures are an endowed set of lectures, organized by the University of Cambridge. The endowment requires a set of three lectures to be delivered in at least two venues in India. Dr. Markham delivered his lectures at St. Stephen's College, in Delhi, and Bishop's College in Calcutta.

Theme: Dialogue Done Differently

Lecture 1: The Dialogue Industry
In this argument Dr. Markham argues that the Dialogue industry has been dominated by western, liberal assumptions. Dialogue tends to deliberately exclude conservatives.

Lecture 2: Learning from India
In this lecture, Dr. Markham examines the nature of the dialogical enterprise in India. He demonstrates that the assumptions made about the nature of dialogue are completely different then the interfaith dialogue industry of north America.

Lecture 3: A New Decalogue
In this lecture, Dr. Markham revists Leonard Swidler's famous Ten Commandments for Dialogue. Dr. Markham suggests his own list of commandments, which are shaped by his encounter with Dialogue in India.


The Lebel Lectures on Christian Ethics given at University of Calgary, Canada

Open Orthodoxy and Same-Sex Marriage: Where Should Christians Stand?

Neither Conservative or Liberal: A Theology of Christian Engagment with Non-Christian Traditions