Dr Tobias Tanton
Tobias teaches Christian Doctrine, and has a particular research interest the interaction between theology and contemporary developments in cognitive science. Originally from Australia, he completed degrees in Commerce, Information Technology, and Classics at The Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Theology at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra. He moved to Oxford for graduate studies, reading for an MPhil in Theology at Harris Manchester College and a DPhil in Theology at Exeter College. He is currently preparing his doctoral thesis, entitled Corporeal Theology: The Nature of Theological Understanding in Light of Embodied Cognition for publication as a monograph. Together with Ulrich Schmiedel and Thomas Hardtke, he co-edited Experience or Expression? Religious Experience Revisited (Brill, 2016).
In Australia he worked as a Research Assistant on a Biblical Hebrew Linguistics research project and in the Oral History and Folklore Department of the National Library of Australia. Most recently he was a Research Associate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, as part of an international network of scholars researching topics in science-engaged theology. He is a member of the UK Society for the Study of Theology and the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology. He has performed a number of lay ministry roles in the UK and Australia, including as Hastings Rashdall Chapel Graduate Student at New College, Oxford; Pastoral Fellow at Burgmann College, The Australian National University; and youth work roles at Canberra Baptist Church and the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.