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Research Fellow

Dr Tommaso Manzon

PhD in Theology & Religious Studies (King's College London)

Dr Tommaso Manzon joined IBTS as a Research Fellow in 2022.

Research Interests

"My research interests can be broadly divided into two areas: 1) The intersection between systematic theology (with an emphasis on the Baptist and Reformed traditions) and contemporary philosophical thought; in particular, I am interested in ways in which contemporary theological epistemology can help the Church to re-think and navigate modernity and its theoretical paradigm. Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and 20th centuries theological and philosophical thought (Barth inter al.) are particular areas of focus; 2) The history of theological and philosophical thought, with an eye to explore and retrieve medieval thought as a neglected source for contemporary Evangelical/Protestant thought and practice. At the moment, I am working on Early Franciscan thought (mostly on Bonaventure) and the Franciscans' development of Greek Patristic and Victorines themes; in the future, I hope to work on the connections between the Franciscans' approach to theology and its (arguably indirect) influence on Luther and the Reformers."


"Corresponding with the Truth: on truthfulness and the nature of the truth in an ecclesiological perspective, in conversation with David Gushee’s Introducing Christian Ethics”, Journal of European Baptist Studies (forthcoming)

“In the Synagogue, in the Streets, on the Aeropagus: Kerygma and Dialogue, with constant reference to Acts:17”, Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (forthcoming)

“On the Patristic roots of Reformed Theology: Herman Bavinck’s reading of the Church Fathers on the attributes of God,” in Studia Patristica, vol. CXXX (2022)

(with Prof. Dmitriy Nikolaevich Mayorov) “From Egypt to France: on the Reception of St Anthony the Great, Comparing the Orthodox Heritage with Gustave Flaubert’s The temptation of Saint Anthony,” Annals of the University of Bucharest, Philosophy Series 70 (2021), pp. 135-58

“Bridging Heaven and Earth: an investigation in the metaphysics of Martin Luther's theory of music, in continuous dialogue with Florensky,” Aisthema, N. 5-1 (2018)

“Ritual without Belief? Kierkegaard against Rappaport on personal belief and ritual action, with particular reference to Jonathan Lear’s A Case for Irony,” International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, N. 3/79 (2018)

“The Way, the Truth, the Life: St. Bonaventure’s Christ Our One Teacher as a Faith-Based Theory of Knowledge,” Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica, N. 4/17 (2018)

“The Wisdom of Dionysus: Metaphysics in the early and late Nietzsche, with particular respect to The Birth of Tragedy,” Dialegesthai, N. 18 (2017)

“The Many Faces of God: Monotheism, Religious Symbols and Theogony in Schelling’s Berlin Lectures,” Aisthema, N. 4-1 (2017)

“Wittgenstein e la spiritualità filosofica alla luce della Conferenza sull’Etica,” Noema, N. 6-2 (2015)


(review article) “Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi, Dietro ‘Dionigi L’Areopagita’: La Genesi e gli scopi del Corpus Dionysiacum

(review article) “Douglas J. Dales, Truth and Reality: the wisdom of St. Bonaventure,” Studi Medievali (forthcoming)

(review article) “Mapping the Human Being in Bonaventure: a Historical and Systematic Overview,” Mediterranea, International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge, vol. 6 (2021)

Memberships & Networks

Society for Biblical Literature
Società Italiana per lo Studio del Pensiero Medievale