Cermony One: Professor Anthony Thiselton
Professor Anthony Thiselton will receive a Doctor of Theology in recognition of his outstanding contribution to theological writing and critical review.
I am deeply honoured and delighted to receive this Degree from the University of Chester.
Anthony Thiselton, Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology at the University of Nottingham and the University of Chester, is respected worldwide for his work in biblical and philosophical hermeneutics (the study of interpretation) and his work on New Testament commentaries, as well as on doctrine and theological themes. He serves as Associate Priest at St Mary’s Church in Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, as well as Canon Theologian Emeritus of both Leicester Cathedral and of Southwell and Nottingham.
Educated at the City of London School and King’s College London, Professor Thistleton was ordained in the Church of England in 1960 and over the course of his career has taught in 15 countries on four continents, and had written more than 70 papers for academic journals, as well as 17 books.
In 1963 he became Chaplain of Tyndale Hall, Bristol, and taught at the University of Bristol. In 1970 he was appointed Sir Henry Stephenson Fellow at the University of Sheffield, becoming Lecturer in Biblical Studies the next year. He gained a PhD in Theology at Sheffield in 1977, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1979, and held appointments as Examining Chaplain to the bishops of Sheffield and Leicester.
In 1985 he became Principal of St John’s College in Bramcote, Nottingham, and was appointed Principal of St John’s College, University of Durham in 1998, where he earned a Doctor of Divinity degree and was awarded an honorary professorship.
In 1992 he became Professor of Christian Theology and Head of Department at Nottingham and, after retirement in 2001, served for five years as Professor of Christian Theology at the University of Chester, before returning to Nottingham as Professor from 2006 to 2011, while becoming Professor Emeritus at Chester.
A former President of the Society of Theology, he has held numerous ecclesiastical and governmental positions including with: the Board of Theological Studies of Council for National Academic Awards; the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England; the Church of England’s General Synod; the Crown Nominations Committee; the Commission for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion; the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority.
He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and of King’s College London, and an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Durham. In 2004, he was awarded a Lambeth Doctor of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and last year received the Vice-Chancellor’s Achievement Award from Nottingham.
Professor Anthony Thiselton said: “I am deeply honoured and delighted to receive this Degree from the University of Chester. I am very glad to have this permanent public reminder of my very happy years at Chester, and of my modest part in the University’s research ratings and in its deserved recognition as an established University, as well as in teaching responsive students in its Department of Theology and Religious Studies.”