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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)


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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 (2019). St Thomas Aquinas on salvation, making satisfaction, and restoration of friendship with God. The Thomist 83: 521-545.
  • 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 (2019). Assent to Faith, Theology and Scientia in Aquinas. New Blackfriars 100(1088): 410-424.
  • 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.
  • 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, Rik (2016). Contemplation, Attention, and the Distinctive Nature of Catholic Education. Journal of Catholic Higher Education 35: 193-209.
  • 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 (2013). Charity, Intellect, and Contemplation in St Thomas Aquinas: Contemporary Relevance. Year Book of the Irish Philosophical Society 129-150.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2010). Catholic Theology in the Thirteenth Century and the Origins of Secularisation. Irish Theological Quarterly 75: 339-354.
  • 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 (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, R. (2004). The Religious and the Aesthetic Attitude. Literature and Theology 18(2): 174-186.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2004). Karl Rahner, Theologian of the Experience of God? Louvain Studies 29: 92-106.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2003). St Anselm and St Thomas Aquinas on 'Satisfaction': Or how Catholic and Protestant understandings of the Cross differ. Angelicum 80: 159-176.
  • 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 (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). 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 (2000). Neoplatonism, Regiratio and Trinitarian Theology. A Look at Ruusbroec. Hermathena 169: 169-188.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2000). Ruusbroec: Apophatic Theologian or Phenomenologist of the Mystical Experience? Journal of Religion (80): 83-105.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (1998). Meister Eckhart and Jan van Ruusbroec: A Comparison. Medieval Philosophy and Theology 7: 157-193.

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