Ivor J. Davidson is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at the University of St Andrews, where he has also served as Head of School and Dean of the Faculty of Divinity and Principal of St Mary’s College. He holds degrees in Classics, Patristics and Systematic Theology from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and taught for many years at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, where he latterly held a personal chair before returning to his native Scotland in 2009. He has taught and supervised quite widely in Christian doctrine, with particular concentrations in patristics, the Reformed tradition, and modern systematic theology. His main teaching interests are in the doctrine of God, Christology and soteriology.
His publications include the definitive two-volume critical edition of the first systematic work of Christian ethics, the De officiis of Ambrose of Milan (Oxford University Press, 2002), and a wide range of studies in patristic, medieval and modern theology, including two volumes on early church history. Recent work includes God of Salvation: Soteriology in Theological Perspective (edited with Murray Rae, Ashgate, 2011). He has three monographs forthcoming in 2016: Salvation: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury T & T Clark), The Study of Theology (SPCK/Fortress), and Arianism: A Short History (Cambridge University Press). His main projects over the next two years include the editing of a large collection of essays in assessment of the methods and legacies of patristic theology, The Cambridge Handbook of Early Christian Theology (Cambridge University Press), and the completion of a two-volume Christology, which will have a particular interest in the relationship between scriptural exegesis, dogmatics and moral theology. He is contracted to write a volume on eschatology for Zondervan’s New Studies in Dogmatics series, and en route to that has enjoyed learning much from his colleagues on a recent research project at the University of Aberdeen, funded by the John Templeton Foundation (2015–16), on Immortality. He is programme director for another venture funded by Templeton at St Andrews, ‘Scientists in Congregations, Scotland’ (2013–16); led on the ground by Dr Andrew Torrance, the work is exploring live issues at the interface of Christian theology and science with churches across Scotland. Professor Davidson is an editor of Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark’s Studies in Systematic Theology monograph series.