After completing my studies in theology, German, and pedagogics at the Universities of Regensburg and Saarbrücken I took my PhD in theology at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago as a Fulbright Scholar. I have taught theology at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Lund, and the University of Glasgow prior to my present appointment as Master of St Benet’s Hall. I have been visiting lecturer in many universities in Europe, North America, and Asia.
I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in contemporary systematic theology, hermeneutics (philosophical, theological, and literary), theological method, and German literature. I am supervising doctoral students in theology.
In my research I am investigating the three theological virtues of love, hope, and faith, within the conditions of an ever more globalising and pluralistic religious and cultural context. Moreover, I continue my reflections on the conditions and methods of theological thinking in the church, society, and academy of today and examine the contributions which Christian theology might be able to make to the multidisciplinary study of the relational nature and vocation of the human person.
A Theology of Love (London/New York: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2010). Translated into Swedish, Danish, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese.
Theological Hermeneutics: Development and Significance. Studies in Literature and Religion (London: Macmillan, and New York: Crossroad, 1991 and 1993; paperback London: SCM Press, 1994). Translated into French, Italian, Polish and Turkish.
Text und Interpretation als Kategorien theologischen Denkens. Hermeneutische Untersuchungen zur Theologie 23 (Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr [Paul Siebeck], 1986).
English edition: Text and Interpretation as Categories of Theological Thinking, trans. Thomas J. Wilson (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, and New York: Crossroad, 1988).
This edition reprinted in 2005 by Wipf and Stock, Eugene, Oregon.
Call and Response: The Challenge of Christian Life (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, and New York: Continuum, 1995). Translated into German and Swedish.