Dr David Cheetham


Reader in Philosophical Theology
Head of Department of Theology and Religion
Co-Director, John Hick Centre for the Philosophy of Religion

Department of Theology and Religion

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Following doctoral studies on the work of John Hick, David Cheetham was a Research Assistant in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow (1993-94). He was then appointed to teaching posts in theology and the philosophy of religion at the University of Worcester (1995) and Newman University College (1996-99). In 1999, he moved to the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Theology and Inter-religious Relations. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007.




  • Contemporary Christian Theology
  • Themes in Christian Theology
  • Paradigms of Belief


  • Problems of Religious Diversity
  • Classic Problems in the Philosophy of Religion

Postgraduate supervision

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Inter-religious Relations
  • Contemporary Theology


His main research interests lie within the theology and philosophy of religions. Currently, he is researching for a new book entitled  Ways of Meeting and the Theology of Religions where he is exploring new ‘models for meeting’ with particular reference to theologies of creation, the self and aesthetics. 

He also has broad interests in the philosophy of religion, contemporary theology and religion and the arts. He is a Member of the Board and Secretary to the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS), he is Associate Editor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (Routledge), and a Co-editor of Studies in Interreligious Dialogue (Peeters) where he is exploring new ‘models for meeting’ with particular reference to theologies of creation, the self and aesthetics.  Philosophy of Religion

  • Theology and comparative religion
  • Theology and Aesthetics

Research groups

Other activities

Programme leader: BA Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (proposed)

In his spare time, he is a keen musician and plays jazz piano.



  • (ed.) with O. Leirvik, U. Winkler, Interreligious Hermeneutics in Pluralistic Europe, Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2011
  • (ed) with Mark Cartledge, Intercultural Theology: Approaches and Themes, London: SCM Press, 2011
  • (ed), with R. King, Contemporary Practice and Method in the Philosophy of Religion: New Essays, London: Continuum, 2008.
  • John Hick Aldershot & Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, 2003.

Educational manual/book

  • Mapping the World of Religion, Glasgow: University of Glasgow, 1994.

Forthcoming books

  • (Ed.) with D. Pratt & D. Thomas, Understanding Inter-religious Relations Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Ways of Meeting and the Theology of Religions. Contracted for the ‘Transcending Boundaries in Theology and Philosophy’ series (eds. Martin Warner and Kevin Vanhoozer) with Ashgate Publishing, [2012]

Other edited collections

  • What makes a Good City? (Ed),University of Birmingham, 2007. [Edited collection of six papers - surveying the scriptural resources in six religions - for the Midlands Faiths for the City event held in the Great Hall, University of Birmingham, Sept. 11th 2007.]

Special lectures (published)

  • Inter-religious Dialogue and the Sikh Religion,  (Sardarni Kailash Kaur Memorial Lecture), Pamphlet. Patiala: Punjabi University Press, 2002. Re-published in The Sikh Review, Vol. 52/ 2, No. 602, February, 2004.

Articles or chapters in books

  • ‘Scriptural Reasoning:  Texts and/or Tents?’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 21/3, Oct. 2010.
  • 2 pieces] ‘Contextual Theology’; ‘Comparative Theology’ for Encyclopedia of Christian Civilisation, Oxford: Blackwells, 2011.
  • ‘Intercultural Theology and Inter-religious Studies’ in D. Cheetham & M. Cartledge, eds., Intercultural Theology, London: SCM Press, 2011
  • ‘Preface’; in D. Cheetham, O. Leirvik, U. Winkler, eds.,  Interreligious Hermeneutics in Pluralistic Europe, Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2011.
  • [2 pieces] ‘Contextual Theology’; ‘Comparative Theology’ for Encyclopedia of Christian Civilisation, Oxford: Blackwells, 2010
  • ‘Exploring the Aesthetic “Space” for Interreligious Encounter’, Exchange: Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research, 39/1, 2010.
  • ‘Inclusivisms – introductory preface’ in A. Race, P.Hedges, eds., Christian Approaches to Other Faiths: A Reader, London: SCM Press, 2009.
  • ‘John Hick’ in I. Markham, (ed.) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Theologians Vol.2, Oxford: Blackwells, 2009
  • ‘Inclusivisms’ in A. Race, P. Hedges, eds., Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, London: SCM Press, 2008.
  • [4 pieces] ‘Theology of Religions’; ‘Pluralism’; ‘Exclusivism’; ‘Inclusivism’ for New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology edited by B.A. Gerrish & D DeVries, 2008.
  • [2 pieces] ‘Introduction’ and ‘Comparative Philosophy of Religion’, in David Cheetham & Rolfe King, eds, Contemporary Practice and Method in the Philosophy of Religion, London: Continuum, 2008.
  • ‘Liberal Pluralism, Radical Orthodoxy and the Right Tone of Voice’ for Sophia 45/2, October, 2006.
  • ‘The Encounter between faiths and an “Aesthetic Attitude”’ for The Heythrop Journal XLVIII, January, 2007.
  • ‘The Global Ethic: Critique and Contribution of Post-secular Theology’ Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 18/1, January, 2007.
  • ‘Post-secular Theology’, [trans. into Chinese] in Secularisation and Religionisation in Europe and East Asia: A Comparison, University of Wuhan, China, May, 2007.
  • ‘Aesthetics and the Meeting of Religions’ [trans. into Chinese] Bulletin of Theology and Aesthetics, University of Xiangfan, China, July, 2007.
  • ‘The Other: Hindus and Buddhists’; Cambridge History of Christianity 1914-2000 Vol.9 , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • ‘The Other: Theologies of Religions’ Cambridge History of Christianity 1914-2000, Vol.9 , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • ‘The Role of Theology and Religion in Public Discourse’, in V. Mortensen, ed., Religion and Society: Crossdisciplinary European Perspectives, Aarhus: Univers, 2006
  • ‘Sikhismus: II. Missionswissenschaftlich’, in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Vol.8, Tubingen: Mohr Seibeck, 2005.
  • ‘The University and Interfaith Education’ for Studies in Inter-religious Dialogue, Vol. 15, Issue 1, 2005. pp.16-35
  • [Review Article] ‘G. D’Costa, The Meeting of Religions and the Trinity’ World Faiths Encounter, 2002
  • ‘Postmodern Freedom and Religion’, Theology, Vol. CIII, No.811, January/February, 2000
  • ‘Religious Passion and the Pluralist Theology of Religions’, New Blackfriars, Vol.79, No.926, May, 1998
  • ‘The Bible and Music: A Pedagogical Device’, Scripture Bulletin, Vol.XXVIII, No.2, July, 1998
  • ‘Evil and Religious Pluralism: The Eschatological Resolution’, New Blackfriars, Vol.78, No.915, May, 1997.
  • ‘Hell as Potentially Temporal’, The Expository Times, Vol.108, No.9, June, 1997
  • ‘Pulp Fiction, the Love of God and an Authentic World’, Modern Believing, Vol. XXXVII, No.3, July, 1996
  • ‘Religious Surveying: Commonality Between Religious Traditions’, Scottish Journal of Religious Studies, Autumn 1995
  • John Hick, Authentic Relationships and Hell’, Sophia, Vol.33, No.1, March, 1994

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