Brendan N. Wolfe

Brendan N. Wolfe


  • KY16 9JU

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


Brendan Wolfe is the Principal Editor of the St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology, an international research project building a free, online encyclopaedia covering theology from an internal perspective.

He is also the Principal Investigator of the Text & Image project, which investigates the cognitive effects of text on religious visual art and sponsors the Art as Revelation collaboration between artists and theologians.

Dr Wolfe's research into the history of Christianity in Fife has led to the Sacred Landscape Project, examining the local coasts as a landscape of faith, and improvements to the St Mary's College archive.

Another significant element of his scholarship has been fostering and strengthening academic engagement with J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and others in their circle, known as the Inklings. He has co-edited three collections of essays on the Inklings and is a co-founder of the Journal of Inklings Studies.

He came to St Mary’s in 2014, having previously studied and taught at Oxford from 2004 to 2009 and 2011 to 2014, and researched and taught in Berlin from 2009 to 2011. 

Research overview

Dr Wolfe is an historical theologian and philologist with wide research interests, including the encyclopaedic representation of theological concepts, the cognitive psychology of religious art, the history of Christianity in Fife, and the Gothic Bible's role in the Christianization of the Germanic peoples of Late Antiquity.

Teaching activity

Because of Encyclopaedia responsibilities, Dr Wolfe is not currently inviting applications for post-graduate supervision, with possible exceptions only for theses treating the Gothic Bible or encyclopaedic theology.

He has previously taught post-Classical Latin and supervised in Patristics at St Mary’s.

External positions

Honorary Fellow, Australian Catholic University

31 May 202131 May 2024


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