Rev Dr John Reader

Visiting Research Fellow


Degrees in Theology and Philosophy from Trinity College, Oxford (1975), the University of Manchester (1985) and a Ph.D from the University of Wales, Bangor (2002).


John Reader is a parish priest, theological educator and practical theologian with over 25 years experience in rural ministry. He is currently Rector of the Ironstone Benefice (8 rural churches) in Oxford Diocese: Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the William Temple Foundation: Visiting Scholar at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford (OxCEPT) and Chair of Christian Rural Concern as well as being Senior Tutor for the Diploma of the Christian, Rural and Environmental Studies course. Amongst his community involvements he has been a Board member of a stock transfer housing association and served on a number of school governing boards and is now a Board member of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust. He is also reviews editor and associate editor of Crucible.


Published work

Publications include:

1992 “The Earth Beneath: A Critical Guide to Green Theology” coedited with Ball, Goodall and Palmer (SPCK).

1994 “Local Theology” Church and Community in Dialogue (SPCK).

1997 “Beyond All Reason: The Limits of Postmodern Theology” (Aureus).

2005 “Blurred Encounters” A Reasoned Practice of Faith” (Aureus).

2006 “Globalization, Engineering and Creativity” (Morgan and Claypool).

2008 “Reconstructing Practical Theology: The Impact of Globalization” (Ashgate)

2009 “Entering the New Theological Space: Blurred Encounters of Faith, Politics and Community” coedited with Christopher R.Baker (Ashgate).

2011 “Wellbeing or resilience: Blurred encounters between theory and practice” chapter in “The Practices of Happiness: Political Economy, religion and wellbeing” edited by Atherton, Graham and Steedman (Routledge).

2011 “Christianity and the New Social Order: Manifesto for a fairer future” co-written with Atherton and Baker (SPCK).

2012 “Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing: Pastoral Practice and Public Theology” co-written with Cameron, Slater and Rowland (SCM Press).

2012 Edition of Political Theology on Speculative Philosophies and Religion Practices coedited with Chris Baker and Daniel Whistler - introduction and chapter “Speculative Realism and Public Theology” Explorations.

2012 “Entangled Fidelities: Reassembling the Human” chapter in “Intensities: Philosophy, Religion and the Affirmation of Life” edited by Katharine Sarah Moody and Steven Shakespeare (Ashgate).

2013 “Heterotopia” Alternative Pathways to Social Justice” cowritten with Caroline Baillie and Jens Kabo (Zero Books).


Plus other articles and reviews.