Oliver Daniel Crisp


  • KY16 9JU

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

Analytic theology, philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, systematic theology, historical theology, and the relation between legal theory and theology.

Personal profile

Research overview

Analytic theology, philosophy of religion, systematic and historical theology. Prof Crisp also has a developing interest in legal theory.


Oliver Crisp currently serves as the Principal of St Mary's College and Head of the School of Divinity. He is also the Professor of Analytic Theology and Director of the Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology. He joined the Divinity School in the autumn of 2019, having previously taught at Fuller Theological Seminary in California (2011-2019), the University of Bristol (2006-2011), and St Andrews (2002-2004). He has also held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame (2004-5; and again in 2019), and the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton (2008-9).

He is best known for his work in analytic theology, and is a Senior Editor of the Journal of Analytic Theology, and a series co-editor (with Professor Michael Rea) of the Oxford Studies in Analytic Theology. He also co-founded the annual Los Angeles Theology Conference series with Professor Fred Sanders (2013-2023), and the Scottish Dogmatics Conference series with Professor Paul Nimmo, the first of which took place in May 2024 at King's College, University of Aberdeen.

Professor Crisp has been involved in a number of major grant-funded research projects. He was Principal Investigator for the $2m grant "Analytic Theology for Theological Formation" at Fuller Theological Seminary (2015-2018), and co-investigator for the $1.5m "On Human Natures: Psychological Science in the Service of Theology" grant (2018-2021), working alongside Professor Justin Barrett and Rebecca Sok of Blueprint 1543, and Dr Kutter Callaway at Fuller Seminary. Both grants were funded through the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation. Crisp has also been a grantee of the BioLogos Foundation ($102k) for work on the doctrine of original sin (2013-14). Most recently he was a participant in the Templeton-funded "Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology of Christian Trust in God" grant (2019-2022), working with PIs Daniel McKaughan at Boston College, Teresa Morgan at Oxford, and Michael Pace at Chapman University. 

Professor Crisp received degrees in Divinity and Law from the University of Aberdeen (BD, MTh, LLM), and Philosophy of Religion from the University of London (PhD). He also holds a higher doctorate from Aberdeen for his work in philosophical theology (DLitt).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Laws, "Just Desert? An Assessment of Moderate Free Will Scepticism About Punishment"

Bachelor of Divinity

Master of Theology

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Letters

External positions

Professor of systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

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