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Dr Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen

Adjunct Assistant Professor

e: gesa.thiessen@tcd.ie
t: +353 1 896 2585/896 1297

Academic Degrees / Qualifications

1998 Ph.D. in Theology, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy/Higher Education and Training Awards Council, Dublin
1991 Diploma, History of European Painting, Trinity College, University of Dublin
1986 M.Phil.(Ecum.), Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, University of Dublin 1985 Zwischenprüfung, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Tübingen University

Research Interests

Theological Aesthetics / Theology and the Arts
Ecumenical theology and ecclesiology
Theology of God, Faith and Revelation
Contextual/liberation theologies
Individual (systematic) theologians/thinkers (e.g., Luther, Tillich, Rahner, Sölle, Eagleton)

Teaching Responsibilities (2017-18)

BCRE17 Religion in Public: Great Images

Recent Publications

Books/Monographs

Apostolic and Prophetic – Ecclesiological Perspectives, Eugene, OG, Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock, 2011 / Cambridge, James Clarke, 2012, pp.192

Edited volumes Remembering the Reformation - Luther and Catholic Theology, eds. D. Marmion, S. Ryan, G. Thiessen, Minneapolis, Augsburg Fortress, 2017

Ecumenical Ecclesiology – Unity, Diversity and Otherness in a Fragmented World, London/New York, T&T Clark/Continuum, 2009, pbk. 2011, pp. xii+247

Trinity and Salvation – Theological, Spiritual and Aesthetic Perspectives, Studies in Theology, Society and Culture (Series eds. Declan Marmion, Gesa Thiessen, Norbert Hintersteiner), vol. 2, Oxford/Bern, Peter Lang, 2009, pp. 184 (ed. with D. Marmion)

Articles / Book Chapters / Encyclopedia Entries

‘Not so Unorthodox: A Re-evaluation of Tricephalous Images of the Trinity’, Theological Studies, March, 2018.

‘God, One and Three – Artistic Struggles with the Trinity’, Princeton Theological Review, Festschrift for Gordon Graham, Autumn/Winter 2017.

Book review: God in a Single Vision, Integrating Philosophy and Theology, David Brown, (eds. Christopher R. Brewer and Robert McSwain), London and New York, Routledge, 2016, New Blackfriars, Autumn 2017

Book review: Divine Generosity and Human Creativity, Theology through Symbol, Painting and Architecture, David Brown, (eds. Christopher R. Brewer and Robert McSwain), London and New York, Routledge, 2017, New Blackfriars, Autumn 2017

Book review: Karl Rahner’s Theological Aesthetics, Peter Joseph Fritz, Washington, Catholic University of America Press, 2014, Philosophy and Theology, 29:2, 2017, 487-90.

‘Images, The Role of’, entry in Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, eds. Mark A. Lamport and George T. Kurian, two vols., Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

‘Church Art, Lutherans and’, entry in Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, eds. Mark A. Lamport and George T. Kurian, two vols., Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

‘Luther and the Role of Images’, Remembering the Reformation - Luther and Catholic Theology, eds. D. Marmion, S. Ryan, G. Thiessen, Minneapolis, Augsburg Fortress, 2017.

‘Pathways to God: Theology, Imagination and the Arts’, Search, 38:3, 2015, 157-65.

‘Theological Aesthetics', Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, editor in chief: Michael Kelly, vol. 6, 2nd edn., Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2014. 3000 words.

‘Artistic Imagination and Religious Faith’, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts, ed. Frank Burch Brown, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014, ch. 5, 77-90.

'Grace, Faith and Good Works – A Lutheran and Ecumenical Perspective', Religious Life Review, vol. 52, 2013, 251-255.

'From Wittenberg to St Finian's, Dublin: Proclaiming the Word of God and Martin Luther',Treasures of Irish Christianity, A People of the Word, vol.2, eds. Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy, Dublin, Veritas, 2013, 156-158.

From Segregation to Community in Christ’, Treasures of Irish Christianity, People and Places, Images and Texts, vol. 1, eds. Salvador Ryan, Brendan Leahy, Dublin, Veritas, 2012, 247-250.

‘The Lutheran Church: Confession, Church, Congregation, Denomination’, in Denomination – Assessing an Ecclesiological Category, eds. Barry Ensign-George and Paul Collins, London/New York, T&T Clark, 2011, 50-66.

‘Dreifaltigkeit – Gott denken als Trinität’, Erhalt uns Herr bei Deinem Wort, Glaubensbekenntnisse auf kurfürstlichen Prunkwaffen und Kunstgegenständen der Reformationszeit, eds. Dirk Syndram, Jutta Charlotte von Bloh, Christoph Münchow, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden/Sandstein Verlag, 2011, 72-73.

‘Entry ‘”Blessing” in the visual arts’, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR), 30 vols., chief editors Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Hans-Josef Klauck, Paul Mendes-Flohr, Bernard McGinn, Eric Ziolkowski, et al, Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, from 2008 (entry publ. in 2011). The EBR won a CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title, published by the American Library Association in 2011.

‘Converted through an Image: Paul Tillich’s Theology of Art’, translated into Czech:
‘Konvertitou díky obrazu: Teologie umĕni Paula Tillicha’, Konverze a Konvertité, Quaestiones quodlibetales, no.9, eds. Jiři Hanuš and Ivana Noble, Brno, Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2009, 61-69.

‘Seeking Unity: Reflecting on Methods in Contemporary Ecumenical Dialogue’, Ecumenical Ecclesiology – Unity, Diversity and Otherness in a Fragmented World, ed. Gesa E. Thiessen, London/New York, T & T Clark/Continuum, 2009, 35-48.

‘Images of the Trinity in Visual Art’, Trinity and Salvation – Theological, Spiritual and Aesthetic Perspectives, eds. D. Marmion and G. Thiessen, Studies in Theology, Society and Culture, vol. 2, Oxford/Bern, etc., Peter Lang, 2009, 119-40.

Publications pre 2009

Contact

Room 5024,Arts Building, Trinity College
t: + 353 0(1) 896 2585
e: :gesa.thiessen@tcd.ie


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