Dr Daniela C Augustine

Dr Daniela C Augustine

Department of Theology and Religion
Reader in World Christianity and Pentecostal Studies

Contact details

European Research Institute
Department of Theology and Religion
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

My research and publications are in the fields of theological ethics and public theology, focusing through pneumatological, anthropological and ecclesiological lenses on the subjects of social transformation, theology of economics, forgiveness and reciliation, religion and culture. My work engages also Eastern Orthodox theology (with particular focus on Orthodox liturgical and sacramental theology), as well as Pentecostal theology, and ecumenical studies in World Christianity.


  • DTh in Theological Ethics, University of South Africa, Pretoria, 2002
  • MDiv, Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland TN, 1995
  • MS in Social Economics, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1991
  • BS in Social Economics, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1990


Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Birmingham, I served as Associate Professor of Theological Ethics at Lee University, Cleveland, TN. Before my transition to the USA, I lectured in the Bulgarian Theological College (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria), where I served also as Academic Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs; the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN); as well as the International Institute for Christian Studies and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

After completing my doctoral studies, I conducted advanced postdoctoral research in the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ, focusing on the event of Pentecost as a paradigm for social transformation. I have served also as the scholar in residence at the Centre for Pentecostal Theology in Cleveland, TN. In the Fall of 2016, I was welcomed as a visiting scholar in St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY in conjunction with the habilitation work that I am currently conducting in the University of Heidelberg. My research in Heidelberg focuses on the liturgical pneumatology of Alexander Schmemann.  

In 2017, I was invited to join the American Theological Society, the oldest theological association in North America. I am also a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, as well as of a number of professional societies, including the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pentecostal Studies where I serve as the Leader/Chair of the Christian Ethics Interest Group.

I am committed to ecumenical engagement and have been involved in the Joint Consultative Group between the World Council of Churches and Pentecostals and the Ecumenical Dialogue between the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and Pentecostals. I am currently a member of the steering committee of the Orthodox-Pentecostal Academic Dialogue which convenes in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion.

I serve also as associate editor of the Journal of Pentecostal Theology, and co-editor of Bloomsbury (T&T Clark) series in Systematic Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology. 


Graduate level modules

  • World Christianity
  • Research Methods
  • History of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism

Undergraduate level modules

  • World Christianity
  • Christian Ethics
  • Introduction to History of Christianity

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome supervision of doctoral research in the following areas:
Theological Ethics (in broad range of topics, including but not limited to the areas of social transformation, economics and relationships of production/labour, distribution and consumption, forgiveness and reconciliation, ecological concerns and sustainability, etc.)
Public and Political Theologies
Eastern Orthodox Theology (especially in relation to the representatives of the ‘Paris School,’ as well as liturgical studies)
Pentecostal Theology, Spirituality and Worship
Liturgical Theology

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My research and publications are in the fields of theological ethics and public theology, focusing through pneumatological, anthropological and ecclesiological lenses on the subjects of social transformation, theology of economics, religion and culture, and eco-theology. My work engages also Eastern Orthodox theology (with particular interest in Orthodox liturgical and sacramental theology), Pentecostal theology, and ecumenical studies in World Christianity, as well as continental philosophy (especially the thought of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas).

My current projects include: an investigation of the liturgical pneumatology of Alexander Schmemann conducted in conjunction with my habilitation work at the University of Heidelberg; and a research in spirituality of urban sustainability, focusing on the intersections of building communal trust, cultivation of social capital and achieving sustainable economic growth that promotes reverent consumption and ecological stewardship in pursuit of the common good.   


Recent publications


Augustine, DC 2019, The Spirit and the Common Good: Shared Flourishing in the Image of God. Eerdmans. <https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/4385/the-spirit-and-the-common-good.aspx>


Augustine, DC 2021, 'Where the Spirit dwells: reflections on the encyclical of the recent Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church through an Eastern-European Pentecostal lens', Journal of World Christianity.

Augustine, DC 2020, 'The spirit in word and sacrament: reflections on potential contributions of eastern orthodoxy to the development of Pentecostal liturgical theology', Journal of Pentecostal Theology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 56–72. https://doi.org/10.1163/17455251-02901004

Augustine, DC 2014, 'The Liturgical Teleology of Human Creativity and the City of God as Theosis of Culture', Cultural Encounters: a Journal for the theology of culture, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 3-26. https://doi.org/10.11630/1550-4891.10.02.03, https://doi.org/10.11630/1550-4891.10.02.03

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Augustine, DC 2020, Restorying Life and Death: From the Iconoclasm of Violence and Anxiety over 'Limited Goods' to Love as the Life of the New Creation . in B Charette & R Waddell (eds), Spirit and Story: Pentecostal Readings of Scripture. Sheffield Academic Press.

Augustine, DC 2020, The Spirit and the Visions of Life. in D Castelo & K Loyer (eds), T&T Clark Companion to Pneumatology. T & T Clark.

Augustine, DC 2017, Creation as perichoretic trinitarian conversation: reflections on world-making with Robert W. Jenson. in SJ Wright & CEW Green (eds), The Promise of Robert W. Jenson's Theology: Constructive Engagements. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, USA, pp. 99-114.

Augustine, DC 2016, Image, Spirit and Theosis: Imaging God in and Image-Distorting World. in B Jones & J Barbeau (eds), The Image of God in an Image Driven Age: Explorations in Christian Anthropology. InterVarsity Press.

Augustine, DC 2016, Liturgy, Theosis and the Renewal of the World. in LR Martin (ed.), Toward a pentecostal theology of worship. CPT Press, Cleveland, pp. 165-185.

Augustine, DC 2015, From Proclamation to Embodiment: The Sacrament of the Word for the Life of the World and Its Destiny in Theosis. in LR Martin (ed.), Toward A Pentecostal Theology of Preaching. pp. 82-110.

Augustine, DC 2013, Holiness and Economics: Toward Recovery of Eucharistic Being in a Market-Shaped World. in LR Martin (ed.), A Future for Holiness: Pentecostal Explorations. CPT Press.

Augustine, DC 2012, Pentecost and Prosperity in Eastern Europe: Between Sharing of Possessions and Accumulating of Personal Wealth. in A Yong & K Attanasi (eds), Pentecostalism and Prosperity: The Socio-economics of Global Renewal. Palgrave Macmillan.

Book/Film/Article review

Augustine, DC 2014, 'Miranda Klaver's "This is My Desire: A Semiotic Perspective on Conversion in an Evangelical Seeker Church and a Pentecostal Church in the Netherlands"', Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 297-299. https://doi.org/10.1163/15700747-03602009

Augustine, DC 2014, 'Wariboko, Nimi. The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012. xii+235 pp. $25.00 (paper).', Journal of Religion, vol. 94, no. 2, pp. 258-260. https://doi.org/10.1086/676612

Review article

Augustine, DC 2012, 'Amos Yong's "In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology"', Theology Today.

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