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Janet Soskice

William K. Warren Foundation Research Professor of Catholic Theology
Divinity School
213 Gray Building, Box 90968, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Publications


In Praise of Virtuous Women

Journal Article Modern Theology · January 1, 2024 Full text Cite

Yet Speak We Must

Journal Article CounterText · April 1, 2021 This response to Robin Kirkpatrick s article in this issue of CounterText takes up the theme of what can be said when, through excess, we know that speech fails or will not do. Theologians know this, as did St Paul, and as do poets. Words can be carefully ... Full text Cite

Naming God: Or Why Names are not Attributes

Journal Article New Blackfriars · March 2020 AbstractThe article argues that philosophers of religion and theologians should pay less attention to the so-called ‘classical attributes’ of God and more attention to the neglected, but venerable, tradition of the divine n ... Full text Cite

SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND ETHICS: A RESPONSE TO MICHAEL J. REISS: with Michael J. Reiss, “Science, Religion, and Ethics: The Boyle Lecture 2019”; and Janet Martin Soskice, “Science, Religion, and Ethics: A Response to Michael J. Reiss.”

Journal Article Zygon · January 1, 2019 The respondent agrees with Michael Reiss's general diagnosis of the rudderless state of ethics in our modern society, but not with all of his account of its causes or possible solutions. Scripture has always been limited in terms of direct moral commands, ... Full text Cite

Being and love: Schleiermacher, aquinas and augustine

Journal Article Modern Theology · July 1, 2018 This article makes the case for speaking not of divine “attributes” but of divine “names.” There are good scriptural grounds for advancing the thesis that love is not just another divine name, but the name which designates God’s very nature, i.e. who God i ... Full text Cite

Speaking and seeking god

Conference Modern Theology · October 1, 2015 Full text Cite

Creation and the glory of creatures

Chapter · January 1, 2015 Cite

Introduction

Journal Article Modern Theology · April 1, 2013 Full text Cite

Creation and the glory of creatures

Conference Modern Theology · April 1, 2013 This article speaks in praise of the dignity of creatures. Arguing for a foundation of the nascent doctrine of creatio ex nihilo in the Psalms and inter-testamental scriptures, Soskice points to the distinctiveness of the Jewish and Christian understanding ... Full text Cite

Dying well in christianity

Chapter · December 1, 2012 Cite

The Kindness of God: Metaphor, Gender, and Religious Language

Book · October 3, 2011 This book considers four concepts in a Biblical context: fathers, sons, brothers, kings. It then asks the questions: Does the predominantly masculine symbolism of the Biblical writings exclude women or overlook the riches of their spiritual life? If Christ ... Full text Cite

Religious Language

Chapter · February 8, 2010 Full text Cite

Preface

Book · January 1, 2010 Castel Gandolfo, the venerable summer residence of popes, has for over three hundred years been home to the Vatican Observatory. In recent years the Jesuits who run this very ancient and, at the same time, very modern institution have hosted successive gat ... Full text Cite

Creation and the God of Abraham

Book · January 1, 2010 Creatio ex nihilo is a foundational doctrine in the Abrahamic faiths. It states that God created the world freely out of nothing – from no pre-existent matter, space or time. This teaching is central to classical accounts of divine action, free will, grace ... Full text Cite

Creatio ex nihilo: Its Jewish and Christian foundations

Chapter · January 1, 2010 Introduction Creatio ex nihilo is a central teaching in Jewish, Christian and Muslim thought – in fact, the only teaching that the medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides thought that all three traditions shared. It affirms that God, from no compulsio ... Full text Cite

Athens and Jerusalem, Alexandria and edessa: Is there a metaphysics of scripture?

Journal Article International Journal of Systematic Theology · April 1, 2006 Did the church Fathers baptize Aristotle? Were the classic divine attributes simply lifted from Greek philosophers? This article does not set out to find a single metaphysic advocated by scripture but instead draws attention to the unique 'unhellenic' doct ... Full text Cite

In Praise of Virtuous Women

Journal Article Modern Theology · January 1, 2024 Full text Cite

Yet Speak We Must

Journal Article CounterText · April 1, 2021 This response to Robin Kirkpatrick s article in this issue of CounterText takes up the theme of what can be said when, through excess, we know that speech fails or will not do. Theologians know this, as did St Paul, and as do poets. Words can be carefully ... Full text Cite

Naming God: Or Why Names are not Attributes

Journal Article New Blackfriars · March 2020 AbstractThe article argues that philosophers of religion and theologians should pay less attention to the so-called ‘classical attributes’ of God and more attention to the neglected, but venerable, tradition of the divine n ... Full text Cite

SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND ETHICS: A RESPONSE TO MICHAEL J. REISS: with Michael J. Reiss, “Science, Religion, and Ethics: The Boyle Lecture 2019”; and Janet Martin Soskice, “Science, Religion, and Ethics: A Response to Michael J. Reiss.”

Journal Article Zygon · January 1, 2019 The respondent agrees with Michael Reiss's general diagnosis of the rudderless state of ethics in our modern society, but not with all of his account of its causes or possible solutions. Scripture has always been limited in terms of direct moral commands, ... Full text Cite

Being and love: Schleiermacher, aquinas and augustine

Journal Article Modern Theology · July 1, 2018 This article makes the case for speaking not of divine “attributes” but of divine “names.” There are good scriptural grounds for advancing the thesis that love is not just another divine name, but the name which designates God’s very nature, i.e. who God i ... Full text Cite

Speaking and seeking god

Conference Modern Theology · October 1, 2015 Full text Cite

Creation and the glory of creatures

Chapter · January 1, 2015 Cite

Introduction

Journal Article Modern Theology · April 1, 2013 Full text Cite

Creation and the glory of creatures

Conference Modern Theology · April 1, 2013 This article speaks in praise of the dignity of creatures. Arguing for a foundation of the nascent doctrine of creatio ex nihilo in the Psalms and inter-testamental scriptures, Soskice points to the distinctiveness of the Jewish and Christian understanding ... Full text Cite

Dying well in christianity

Chapter · December 1, 2012 Cite

The Kindness of God: Metaphor, Gender, and Religious Language

Book · October 3, 2011 This book considers four concepts in a Biblical context: fathers, sons, brothers, kings. It then asks the questions: Does the predominantly masculine symbolism of the Biblical writings exclude women or overlook the riches of their spiritual life? If Christ ... Full text Cite

Religious Language

Chapter · February 8, 2010 Full text Cite

Preface

Book · January 1, 2010 Castel Gandolfo, the venerable summer residence of popes, has for over three hundred years been home to the Vatican Observatory. In recent years the Jesuits who run this very ancient and, at the same time, very modern institution have hosted successive gat ... Full text Cite

Creation and the God of Abraham

Book · January 1, 2010 Creatio ex nihilo is a foundational doctrine in the Abrahamic faiths. It states that God created the world freely out of nothing – from no pre-existent matter, space or time. This teaching is central to classical accounts of divine action, free will, grace ... Full text Cite

Creatio ex nihilo: Its Jewish and Christian foundations

Chapter · January 1, 2010 Introduction Creatio ex nihilo is a central teaching in Jewish, Christian and Muslim thought – in fact, the only teaching that the medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides thought that all three traditions shared. It affirms that God, from no compulsio ... Full text Cite

Athens and Jerusalem, Alexandria and edessa: Is there a metaphysics of scripture?

Journal Article International Journal of Systematic Theology · April 1, 2006 Did the church Fathers baptize Aristotle? Were the classic divine attributes simply lifted from Greek philosophers? This article does not set out to find a single metaphysic advocated by scripture but instead draws attention to the unique 'unhellenic' doct ... Full text Cite

Friendship

Chapter · January 1, 2005 According to Cicero, the ‘one thing in human experience about whose advantage all men with one voice agree, is friendship …’. Some men hold virtue in contempt, others disdain riches or political honours, but ‘concerning friendship all, to a man, think the ... Full text Cite

Fields of faith: Theology and religious studies for the twenty-first century

Book · January 1, 2005 This book was first published in 2005. How will the study of theology and the religions in higher education be shaped in the coming century? This book offers several different perspectives on this field of study with suggestions for a future in which theol ... Full text Cite

All that is

Journal Article TLS - The Times Literary Supplement · December 1, 2004 Cite

Response

Journal Article Literature and Theology · July 1, 1989 Full text Cite

METAPHORS IN ECCLESIOLOGY

Journal Article The Heythrop Journal · January 1, 1984 Full text Cite