Lecturers & Authors

Clement Charles Julian Webb

Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford
1865 to 1954

Clement Charles Julian Webb was born in London on 25 June 1865. He received his early education at Westminster School where he earned numerous distinctions before becoming school captain in 1883. His relationship with the school endured throughout his life and he became its governor in later years.

Michael Welker

Seniorprofessor, University of Heidelberg

Prof. Welker's research themes include the areas Christology, doctrine of creation, anthropology, and eschatology, the dialogue between theology and the natural sciences as well as interdisciplinary Biblical theology and the analysis of forms of "structured pluralism" in the Biblical canon, in ecumenism and in late modern society. He is a full member of the Heidelberg Academy of the Sciences and a corresponding member of the Finnish Academy of the Sciences.

Alfred North Whitehead

Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
1861 to 1947

Alfred North Whitehead was born 15 February 1861 in Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet, England, the youngest of four children to the Reverend Alfred Whitehead and his wife, Maria Sarah. On 16 December 1890 he married Evelyn Ada Maud Rice (1865–1950), with whom he had a daughter Jessie and two sons, North and Eric. Whitehead died on 30 December 1947 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recognized as one of the twentieth century’s foremost mathematicians, philosophers and metaphysicians.

John Wisdom

Lecturer in Moral Science, Cambridge
1904 to 1993

John Wisdom was born 12 September 1904 in Leyton Essex. His father was a Church of England clergyman. The family settled in Bury St Edmunds in 1909 where John received his early schooling.

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University

To what does Nicholas Wolterstorff credit his vast and multiform philosophical achievements that have launched him as one of the most distinguished Christian philosophers of our day? Above all else, he points to his Dutch reformed heritage, heavily influenced by the thought of Abraham Kuyper. A Kuyperian vision of vigorous practical and intellectual Christian cultural engagement serves as a foundation and impulse for Wolterstorff, launching him into every corner of the philosophical arena, from ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, to politics, art and education.

Nicholas Thomas Wright

Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity

Nicholas Thomas (‘Tom’) Wright, a native of Northumberland, took a ‘double first’ in classics and theology from Oxford before completing his doctorate on Pauline theology. He taught New Testament for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities, and worked in various ordained roles, before becoming successively Dean of Lichfield in 1994, Canon of Westminster in 2000, and Bishop of Durham in 2003. Since 2010 he has been Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews.

John Zachary Young

Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Embryology, University College, London
1907 to 1997

John Zachary Young was born in Bristol 18 March 1907 to Constance and Philip Young and engineer. He was schooled at home until the age of nine when he was sent to a boarding school in Worcestershire. At thirteen he attended Marlborough College. In 1925 he entered Magdalen College Oxford where he studied zoology achieving a first in 1928.

Robert Charles Zaehner

Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics, Oxford
1913 to 1974

Robert Charles Zaehner was born on 8 April 1913 in Kent. He attended Christ Church, Oxford, from 1933 to 1937, where he studied Greek, Latin, Persian and Avestan, eventually obtaining first class honours in oriental languages. His expertise in this area led to his being recruited by the British Special Operations Executive during World War II. He served in the British embassy in Tehran from 1943 to 1947, during which time he adopted the Catholic faith which was to shape much of his later work.

Linda Zagzebski

Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Oklahoma University

Linda Zagzebski is George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Oklahoma. She received her B.A. from Stanford University, her M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. A native Californian, she taught at Loyola Marymount University for twenty years before moving to Oklahoma.