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Dr Andrew Pierce

Assistant Professor

Andrew Pierce

Contact details
Email: piercean@tcd.ie
Tel: 00353-1-8964782

Andrew Pierce is an Assistant Professor in Ecumenics. His undergraduate and postgraduate studies were in Trinity College Dublin, where he obtained a scholarship and First Class Degree with Gold Medal before being appointed to the Elrington Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Before his appointment to the Irish School of Ecumenics in 2001, Dr Pierce was Lecturer in Church History and Theology at the Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin.

In 2008-09 he held a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship. He has also been a visiting Fellow at the J.H. Newman International Study Centre, UCD, where he delivered the 2009 Newman Lecture, and was a Malcolm Bowie Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge in 2009. Since 2009 he has been a consultant to, and member of, the International Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO). As a consultant, he has worked with the World Council of Churches in formulating a text on the relationship between interreligious and ecumenical dialogue (Called to Dialogue, Geneva: WCC, 2016) and took part in a workshop in La Pas, Bolivia, to develop the call for Mission from the Margins issued in Arusha in 2018. Between 2010 and 2012 he was president of Societas Oecumenica, the European Association for Ecumenical Research. He has been PI for 2 funded research projects in the School, Engaging Religious Fundamentalism (2008-09) and the Lund Project (2015-17). Between 2016 and 2018 he was head of the Irish School of Ecumenics.

Areas of expertise
Theological experience of place
Nineteenth century religious thought in the West
Roman Catholic Modernism
Ecumenical theologies

Modules taught
Undergraduate modules
Introducing Theology: Key Texts and Methods
Philosophical and Theological Approaches to God
Churches in Christianity: Origins, Transformations and Contemporary Debate

Postgraduate modules
Research and Methods
Authority, Tradition, Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology
Nature, Grace and the Triune God

Select publications
'The Authority of Dissent' in Incarnating Authority: A Critical Account of Authority in the Church, ta ethika Band 18; Paul Avis, Angela Berlis, Nikolaus Knoepffler and Martin O'Malley, Eds, Munich: utzverlag, 2019, 231-243.

'Ecumenics as an Intercultural Theology: In Search of Repentant Reconfigurings of Authority, Tradition and Experience' in John O'Grady, Cathy Higgins and Jude Lal Fernando, Eds, Mining Truths: Festschrift in Honour of Geraldine Smyth OP - Ecumenical Theologian and Peacebuilder, Sankt Ottilien: EOS, 2015, 43-58.

'The Ecumenical Church of Vatican II,' in Dermot A Lane, Ed., Vatican II in Ireland, Fifty Years On: Essays in Honour of Pádraic Conway, Studies in Theology, Society and Culture, Volume 12; Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015, 195-217.

The Modernist Millennium,’ in Joshua Searle and Kenneth G.C.Newport, Eds, Beyond the End: The Future of Millennial Studies, Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012, 75-93.

''Ein Imaginäres in sich entzweit? Anglikanismus und Őkumenismus ad intra et ad extra’, in Ökumenischce Rundschau 60 4/2011, 450-61.

‘Karl Rahner: Theologian of Dialogue and Ecumenism,’ in Pádraig Conway and Fáinche Ryan, Eds, Karl Rahner: Theologian for the Twenty-First Century, Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2010, 171-186.


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