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Magdalene College Cambridge

Professor David Fergusson

Professor David Fergusson is a Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene.

David Fergusson has been Regius Professor of Divinity since 2021. He was formerly Professor of Divinity in Edinburgh (2000-21), Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of Aberdeen (1990-2000) and Lecturer in Systematic Theology in the University of Edinburgh (1886-2000). He studied philosophy and theology in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford, and began teaching on a part-time basis in Glasgow while serving as a parish minister in the west of Scotland.

During his time in Edinburgh, he served as Head of School of the Divinity, Principal of New College, and a Vice-Principal of the University. He continues to hold the position of Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and Dean of the Order of the Thistle. He has delivered the Bampton Lectures in Oxford (2001), the Gifford Lectures in Glasgow (2008), the Warfied Lectures in Princeton (2009), the Birks Lectures in Montreal (2013), and the Mackay Lectures in Taipei (2017).

Research Interests

Christian Doctrine and Philosophical Theology.


MA, University of Glasgow, 1977.

BD, University of Edinburgh, 1980.

DPhil, University of Oxford, 1984.

Career / Research Highlights

Awarded honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity, University of Aberdeen, 2014.

Awarded OBE for services to education, the arts and the church, 2016.

Appointed Queen's Honorary Chaplain, 2017.

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the British Academy

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Selected Publications

Fergusson, David and Mark W. Elliott (eds.), 2019. History of Scottish Theology, 3 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fergusson, David 2018. The Providence of God: A Polyphonic Approach, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fergusson, David and Paul T. Nimmo (eds.) 2014. Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fergusson, David 2014. Creation, Grand Rapids, Eerdmans.

Fergusson, David (ed.) 2010. Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth Century Theology, Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell.

Fergusson, David 2009. Faith and Its Critics: A Conversation Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Fergusson, David 2004. Church, State and Civil Society Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Fergusson, David 1998. Community, Liberalism and Christian Ethics Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.