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Graham John Ward, British educator. Achievements include co-founder of Radical Orthodoxy. Recipient prize, University Rice, Houston, 2000.


Ward, Graham John was born on October 25, 1955 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. Son of John Herbert and Margaret Mary Ward.


He was ordained deacon in 1990 and priest in 1991, having originally studied English and French at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and then studied theology at Selwyn College while training for ordination at Westcott House.


Previous to that he was the Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics (1998–2009) and Senior Fellow in Religion and Gender (1997–1998) at the university. Prior to this he was, successively, a chaplain and fellow at Exeter College, Oxford, a part-time lecturer at the University of Birmingham and the Dean and Director of Studies for Theology at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Ward has engaged in different fields of theology (especially postmodern theology and other disciplines such as philosophy, psychoanalysis, gender studies and Queer Theory.

His contemporary research focuses on Christian social ethics, political theory and cultural hermeneutics.


  • Achievements include co-founder of Radical Orthodoxy.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (monograph) Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology, Theology and Critical Theory, Balthasar at the End of Modernity, Theology and Contemporary Critical Theory, 2nd edition, Cities of God, True Religion. Editor: (collection) The Postmodern God, Companion to Postmodern Theology, Radical Orthodoxy, since 1997, Christian Theology in Context, since 1996, Theology and Sexuality, since 2002, Literature and Theology, since 1991.


He is a priest of the Church of England and was formerly the Samuel Ferguson Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics and the Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester. He is editor of three book series: Radical Orthodoxy (Routledge), Christian Theology in Context (OUP) and Illuminations: Religion & Theory (Blackwell). (Edited, with John Milbank and Catherine Pickstock) Radical Orthodoxy: a New Theology (Routledge, 1998).


He has written on the theology of language, postmodernism, cultural analysis and christology.


  • Other Interests



Married Mary Janet Jackson, November 11, 1955. Children: Rachel Margaret, David Henry.

John Herbert

Margaret Mary Ward

Mary Janet Jackson

Rachel Margaret Ward

David Henry Ward