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Professor Karen E. Kilby

Bede Professor of Catholic Theology

BA Summa Cum Laude in Mathematics and Religious Studies, Yale University, 1986

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Bede Professor of Catholic Theology in the Department of Theology and ReligionAbbey House 201+44 (0) 191 33 43612


Authored book

  • Kilby, Karen (2007). The SPCK Introduction to Karl Rahner. London: SPCK.
  • Kilby, Karen (2004). Karl Rahner: Theology and Philosophy. London New York: Routledge.
  • Kilby, Karen (2020). God, Evil and the Limits of Theology. Bloomsbury.
  • Kilby, Karen (2012). Balthasar: A (Very)Critical Introduction. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans.

Book review

  • Kilby, K E (2015). Too many trinities? Kendall Soulen's Trinitarian Trinitarianism. Pro Ecclesia 28-32.

Chapter in book

  • Kilby, K E (0). 'Trinity, Tradition and Politics'. In iRecent Developments in Trinitarian Theology: an International Symposium. Chalamet, C & Vial, M Fortress Press. 73-86.
  • Kilby, Karen (2017). Eschatology, Suffering and the Limits of Theology. In Game Over? Reconsidering Eschatology. Chalame,Christophe, ‎Dettwiler, Andreas Mazzocco,‎Mariel & ‎Waterlot, Ghislain Berlin: De Gruyter. 180: 279-292.
  • Kilby, Karen (2014). Trinity and Politics: An Apophatic Approach. In Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics. Crisp, Oliver & Sanders, Fred Zondervan.
  • Kilby, Karen (2019). The seductions of kenosis. In Suffering and the Christian Life. Kilby, Karen & Davies, Rachel T&T Clark. 163-174.
  • Kilby, Karen (2016). Philosophy. In The Cambridge Companion to TheSumma Theologiae. McCosker, Philip & Turner, Denys Cambridge University Press. 62.
  • Kilby, Karen (2015). Responsible, Critical Assent. In Towards a Kenotic Vision of Authority in the Catholic Church. Carroll, Anthony, Kerkwijk, Marthe Kirwan, Michael & Sweeney,James Council for Research and Values in Philosophy.

Edited book

  • Oliver, Simon, Kilby, Karen & O'Loughlin, Tom (2012). Faithful Reading: New Essays in Theology in Honour of Fergus Kerr, OP. T & T Clark theology. London New York: T & T Clark.

Journal Article

  • Kilby, Karen (2010). Is an Apophatic Trinitarianism Possible? International Journal of Systematic Theology 12(1): 65-77.
  • Kilby, Karen (2000). Perichoresis and Projection: Problems with Social Doctrines of the Trinity. New Blackfriars 81(957): 432-445.
  • Kilby, Karen E. (2018). Julian of Norwich, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and the Status of Suffering in Christian Theology. New Blackfriars 99(1081): 298-311.
  • Kilby, Karen (2003). Evil and the limits of theology. New Blackfriars 84(983): 13-29.
  • Kilby, Karen (2005). Aquinas, the Trinity and the Limits of Understanding. International Journal of Systematic Theology 7(4): 414-427.
  • Kilby, K E (2020). Negative Theology and Meaningless Suffering. Modern Theology 36(1): 92-104.
  • Kilby, Karen (2009). Karl Rahner's Ecclesiology. New Blackfriars 90(1026): 188-200.
  • Kilby, K E (2015). Response to the Reviewers in Book Symposium on Karen Kilby's "Balthasar: a (very) critical introduction'. Pro Ecclesia

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