Professor Lewis Ayres 

Biblical and Early Christian Studies. Affiliate: Religion and Theology


MA (Hons) Classics (St And), DPhil (Oxon)

Lewis Ayres is an ACU Professorial Fellow, where he leads the Modes of Knowing project. He is also Professor of Catholic and Historical Theology and Head of Department in Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion. He has taught in the UK, US and Ireland. The core of his research has been Trinitarian theology in Augustine and in the Greek writers of the fourth century. On this theme he has published a number of articles and Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth Century Trinitarian Theology (Oxford University Press, 2004/6). In 2010 he also published Augustine and the Trinity (Cambridge University Press).

His current research concerns the development of early Christian cultures of interpretation between 100 and 250. He is currently working on a book entitled As It Is Written: Ancient Literary Criticism and the Rise of Scripture AD 100-250 (for Princeton University Press).

The same project will result in a book on modern Catholic debates about the relationship between the reading of Scripture, Tradition and the nature of theology.

Key publications

Ayres, Lewis. ‘Irenaeus vs. the Valentinians: Toward a Rethinking of Patristic Exegetical Origins’. Journal of Early Christian Studies 23(2) (2015): 153-187.

Ayres, Lewis. ‘Theology And The Historia Salutis: Post-Conciliar Renewal And One Recent Thomism’. The Thomist 79 (2015): 511-550.

Ayres, Lewis. Augustine and the Trinity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Ayres, Lewis. Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth Century Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Young, Frances, Lewis Ayres, & Andrew Louth, eds. Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.


ACU Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

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