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Dr Rik Van Nieuwenhove

Associate Professor of Medieval Thought

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Associate Professor of Medieval Thought in the Department of Theology and ReligionDun Cow Cottage 002+44 (0) 191 33 43604
Member of Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  


Research Interests

Medieval Theology (especially Thomas Aquinas)


Theology of the Trinity

Fourteenth Century spirituality of the Low Countries (especially Ruusbroec)


Authored book

  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2003). Jan van Ruusbroec, Mystical Theologian of the Trinity. University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2021). Thomas Aquinas and Contemplation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik & Marmion, Declan (2011). An Introduction to the Trinity. Cambridge University Press.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2012). An Introduction to Medieval Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2013). The Sacrament of Marriage. In Priesthood Today. Conway, Eamonn Veritas. 369-380.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2014). Ruusbroec, Jordaens, and Herp on the Common Life: the Transformation of a Spiritual Ideal. In A Companion to Ruusbroec. Faesen, Rob Leiden Boston: Brill. 51: 204-236.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2018). Catholic Piety from Ruusbroec and the Devotio Moderna to the Legacy of Pierre de Bérulle. In The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology. Ayres, L. & Volpe, M. Oxford University Press.
  • Van Nieuwenhove,Rik (2013). Retrieving a Sacramental Worldview in a Mechanistic World. In To Discern Creation in a Scattering World. Depoortere, F. & Haers, J. Peeters. 262: 539-558.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2020). 'Trinitarian Indwelling'. In The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology. Howells, E. & McIntosh, M. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 388-403.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2016). Commitments to Medieval Mystical Texts within Contemporary Contexts: Some Reflections on Medieval Mystical Texts as ‘Classic’ Texts in the Gadamerian Sense. In Commitments to Medieval Mystical Texts within Contemporary Contexts. Kikuchi, Satoshi & Cooper, Patrick Peeters. 239-253.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2015). Late Medieval Atonement Theologies. In The Oxford Handbook of Christology. Murphy, Francesca Aran & Troy, Stefano Oxford: Oxford University Press. 250-264.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2013). The Tradition of Medieval Theology as a Source for Doing Theology in Post-modern Times: Gratuity and Transcendence in Medieval Theology. In The Shaping of Tradition. Context and Normativity. Dickinson, Colby, Boeve, Lieven & Merrigan, Terrence Peeters. 173-184.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2005). Experience and Mystical Theology in the Fourteenth Century. An Examination of Ruusbroec. In Encountering Transcendence. Contributions to a Theology of Christian Experience. Boeve, Lieven, Geybels, Hans & Van den Bossche, Stijn Peeters. 411-424.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2012). The Saving Work of Christ. In The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas. Davies, Brian & Stump, Eleonore Oxford University Press. 436-447.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik & Crozier, William (2020). 'The Trinity'. In The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology. Howells, E. & McIntosh, M. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 465-483.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2019). Protest Theism, Aquinas, and Suffering. In Suffering and the Christian Life. Kilby, Karen & Davies, Rachel London: Bloomsbury. 71-86.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2009). Trinity, Faith and Mysticism: The Need for a Medieval Ressourcement. In Trinity and Salvation. Theological, Spiritual and Aesthetic Perspectives. Marmion, D. & Thiessen, G. Peter Lang. 65-80.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2018). 'Art, Contemplation and intellectus. Aquinas and Gadamer in conversation'. In Art and Mysticism: Interfaces in the Medieval and Modern Periods. Nelstrop, Louise & Appleton, Helen Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 70-86.

Edited book

  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik, Faesen, Rob & Rolfson, Helen (2008). Late Medieval Mysticism of the Low Countries.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik & Wawrykow, Joseph (2005). The Theology of Thomas Aquinas. University of Notre Dame Press.

Journal Article

  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2014). Contemplation and Sacraments: How to Make Sense of Sacraments in an Allegedly De-Ontologised World: an Encounter between Gadamer and Thomas Aquinas. Louvain Studies 38: 111-125.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2001). In the Image of God: the Trinitarian Anthropology of St Bonaventure, St Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Jan van Ruusbroec - Part II. Irish Theological Quarterly 66: 227-237.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2001). The Franciscan Inspiration of Ruusbroec's Mystical Theology - Ruusbroec in Dialogue with Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas. Ons Geestelijk Erf 75: 102-115.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2000). Ruusbroec: Apophatic Theologian or Phenomenologist of the Mystical Experience? Journal of Religion (80): 83-105.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2010). Catholic Theology in the Thirteenth Century and the Origins of Secularisation. Irish Theological Quarterly 75: 339-354.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2004). Karl Rahner, Theologian of the Experience of God? Louvain Studies 29: 92-106.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2016). Aquinas on Contemplation: a Neglected Topic. European Journal for the Study of Thomas Aquinas [Jaarboek Thomas Instituut] 9-33.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, R. (2004). The Religious and the Aesthetic Attitude. Literature and Theology 18(2): 174-186.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (1998). Meister Eckhart and Jan van Ruusbroec: A Comparison. Medieval Philosophy and Theology 7: 157-193.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2019). St Thomas Aquinas on salvation, making satisfaction, and restoration of friendship with God. The Thomist 83: 521-545.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2009). The Religious Disposition as a Resource to Resist Instrumentalisation. The Heythrop Journal 50: 689-696.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2005). Albert Camus, Simone Weil and the Absurd. Irish Theological Quarterly 70: 343-354.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2000). Neoplatonism, Regiratio and Trinitarian Theology. A Look at Ruusbroec. Hermathena 169: 169-188.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2019). Searching for a Connection: Prayer and contemplation 'broadly conceived' in Thomas Aquinas. Ephemerides Theologicae Lovaniensis 95(2): 283-298.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2005). The Christian Response to Suffering and the Significance of the Model of the Church as Body of Christ. Angelicum 82: 595-609.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2001). In the Image of God: the Trinitarian Anthropology of St Bonaventure, St Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Jan van Ruusbroec - Part I. Irish Theological Quarterly 66: 109-123.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2013). Charity, Intellect, and Contemplation in St Thomas Aquinas: Contemporary Relevance. Year Book of the Irish Philosophical Society 129-150.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2017). Contemplation, Intellectus, and Simplex Intuitus in Aquinas: Recovering a Neoplatonic Theme. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 91(2): 199-225.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2017). "Recipientes per contemplationem, tradentes per actionem": The Relation between the Active and Contemplative Lives according to Thomas Aquinas. The Thomist 81(1): 1-30.

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