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Dr Margaret Guise

Associate Lecturer in Theology

m.guise@chi.ac.uk | 01243 816031

I teach the Level 6 ‘Trinity and Church’ module, which looks particularly at the way in which Trinitarian doctrine interacts with different models of the Church, and with the work of key twentieth- and twenty-first-century theologians and philosophers. 

I also teach the Level 5 ‘Great Christian Thinkers’ module which examines the thought of selected theologians from the first to the twenty-first century, focusing especially on those aspects which continue to resonate for us today.

I came to Theology later in life (having first taken a degree in French Language and Literature) and am an alumna of the University of Chichester, where I read an undergraduate degree in Theology and Ministry. 

Subsequently, I took a Master’s in Christian Spirituality at Sarum College in Salisbury, and then returned to Chichester to complete a doctorate in Theology. 

My particular research interest is in the area of the Church Fathers, and the way in which their writings articulate with, and illuminate, the work of late modern and postmodern philosophers, especially in connection with the idea of deification. 

Between 2004 and 2007 I was a visiting lecturer at Sarum College and tutor for the Ordained Local Ministry scheme in the Diocese of Salisbury, and am currently co-ordinator for the Level 5 ‘Further Topics in Christian Doctrine’ module which is offered under the Portsmouth Pathway Project (Durham Common Awards Scheme) within the Diocese of Portsmouth, for clergy and readers in training.

Publications

Conference Papers / Presentations:

'A passion for passionlessness: the Cappadocians and Iris Murdoch on apatheia as a spiritual ideal': poster presentation at the University of Chichester Research Conference, 10 July 2015

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'The Golden and Saving Chain and its (De)construction: Soteriological Conversations Between Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Marion and the Cappadocian Fathers': short communication given to the Seventeenth International Patristics Conference, Oxford, 13 August 2015

Seminar Papers:

'Saving the Names: a soteriological conversation between Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Marion and the Cappadocian Fathers', presented at the Theology and Religion Research Seminar, University of Chichester, 22 April 2014

'Hilbert's Hotel and Other Hospitalities: Gregory of Nyssa and Emmanuel Levinas on the infinite', presented at the Research in Progress Conference, University of Chichester, 15 May 2010

'Engendering Difference: resonance and dissonance in the conceptualizations of gender within the writings of Gregory of Nyssa and Luce Irigaray', presented at the Theology Research Seminar, University of Chichester, 18 October 2008

Research

Guise, M (Durston, D, ed): Why Study the New Testament? (study guide commissioned by the Diocese of Salisbury)

Guise, M (Brown, R, ed): The Gospel of John (parish learning group study guide commissioned by the Diocese of Salisbury)

Guise, M:  'The Golden and Saving Chain and its (De)construction: Soteriological Conversations Between Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Marion and the Cappadocian Fathers' (confirmed for publication in 2017 edition of Studia Patristica)

Guise, M: 'A passion for passionlessness: the Cappadocian Fathers and Iris Murdoch on apatheia as a spiritual ideal' (submission to Literature and Theology 2016; publication accepted, pending revisions)

Guise, M:  Desire, Dispassion, Deification: The Soteriologies of the Cappadocian Fathers and their (Post)modern Interlocutors (PhD thesis, due to be published as e-thesis 2017)