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Summary: Modern Christian thought; feminism, gender and theology; theological ethics, especially intergenerational responsibility and environment; Quaker theology.
Rachel Muers came to Leeds in 2007. She studied Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge, and held the Margaret Smith Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge from 2001 to 2003. She was then Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter from 2003 to 2007.
Her academic interests and major publications centre around the relationships between modern Christian doctrine and ethics.
Dr Muers was the principal investigator on the AHRC-funded research project 'Vegetarianism as Spiritual Choice in Historical and Contemporary Theology' , on a British Academy project 'Women Reading Difficult Scriptures', and on the AHRC 'Everyday Lives in War' collaborative project 'Re-Imagining a True Social Order', working with Quakers in Britain. In 2012 she was a plenary speaker at the annual conference of the Society for the Study of Theology, presenting a paper on "The Holy Spirit and the Environment". She is a member of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission. She is also involved with joint Jewish-Christian-Muslim theological work through the Society for Scriptural Reasoning.
- Modern Christian theology
- Theological ethics, especially intergenerational issues
- Feminism and theology
- Vegetarianism, diet and theology
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer's thought
- Biblical interpretation, particularly in connection with Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations
- Quaker thought, particularly ethics and decision-making processes
- Theology and the environment
- Theology and social class
- Interdisciplinary work between theology and ethnography
Dr Muers' current and recent research supervision includes projects on feminist theology and embodiment; virtue ethics in Christianity; the history of Quaker spirituality; theology and silence in music; contemporary Christian vegetarianism; Christianity and political liberalism; religious language and contemporary Quakerism; the theology of intersex conditions.
She would welcome applications from students wishing to conduct research in feminist theory and theology, Quaker theology, twentieth-century Christian thought (particularly Dietrich Bonhoeffer), theological ethics, food and theology, and theological aspects of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations.