Professor Nicholas Adams

Professor Nicholas Adams

Department of Theology and Religion
Professor of Philosophical Theology

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My two principal areas of research are the impact of German Idealism on Christian theology together with the investigation of philosophical problems in inter-religious engagement.


  • MA (Cantab)
  • PhD (Cantab)


I read Music at King’s College, Cambridge (where I was a choral scholar), followed by Theology. After completing my PhD in Theology, I took up a research fellowship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

In 1998 I moved to the University of Edinburgh, working in systematic theology and philosophy.

I was appointed to a chair in philosophical theology at the University of Birmingham in September 2015.


I teach courses in philosophical theology (especially in post-Kantian thought), and also contribute to our programme in religion and politics.

Postgraduate supervision

Philosophical Theology, especially post-Kantian thought.

Philosophy of Religion, especially questions of inter-religious encounter (e.g. problems in pluralism, truth, argument).

I have supervised students working on Kant, Schelling, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Gadamer, Horkheimer and many others.

I welcome enquiries from those wishing to investigate topics in philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, and philosophical questions arising from inter-religious engagement.


My principal work has been on the ways changes in philosophical method have an impact on theological reasoning. I am especially interested in Kant’s attempt to combine subject and object (in his transcendental idealism) and Hegel’s correction of this in his account of the concept (in his logic).

This has led to associated questions of truth, tradition, subjectivity and argumentation in inter-religious encounter (often stimulated by the practice of Scriptural Reasoning).

Other activities

  • Member of the Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion