Darren Sarisky

Darren SariskyDr Darren Sarisky

Tutor in Doctrine and Ministry

Email: darren.sarisky [at] wycliffe.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44-1865 274 590

BA (University of North Carolina), MDiv (Trinity International University), ThM (Duke University), PhD (University of Aberdeen)

Darren joined Wycliffe Hall in 2015 as Tutor in Doctrine and Ministry.

After completing a PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2009, Dr Sarisky became a Teaching Associate in Doctrine within the Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge.  Then in 2010, Dr Sarisky received a Junior Research Fellowship at Homerton College, Cambridge.  During this three-year fellowship, he undertook a wide variety of teaching duties, among both undergraduate and postgraduate students; published a revised version of his doctoral thesis; and began his second major research project.  Prior to coming to Wycliffe Hall, Dr Sarisky served as a Fixed-term lecturer in Systematic Theology at King’s College London.  

In addition to his academic work, he has experience of itinerant preaching and ministry among university students.

Courses for 2016-17 Academic Year

•    Introduction to Christian Doctrine
•    Mission and Apologetics

Publications

Books

  • 2015. R. David Nelson, Darren Sarisky, and Justin Stratis, eds., Theological Theology: Essays in Honor of John B. Webster. London: T. & T. Clark
  • 2015. Theology, History, and Biblical Interpretation: Modern Readings. London: T. & T. Clark
  • 2013. Scriptural Interpretation: A Theological Exploration, Challenges in Contemporary Theology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

For a full list of Dr Sarisky’s publications, including article and other brief pieces, please see his CV, which is listed on his Academia.edu page.

Research

Research Interests

  • Early Christian Studies, especially the theologies of Basil of Caesarea and Augustine
  • 20th-21st century Christian Theology, particularly figures who draw upon classical theological resources; for instance, Stanley Hauerwas, Rowan Williams, T. F. Torrance, and Robert W. Jenson
  • Theological hermeneutics and the history of the reception of the Bible

Dr Sarisky’s primary area of research is theological hermeneutics of Christian Scripture.  The tack he takes in his research is to reflect on the Bible and its interpretation in two different contexts: Late Antiquity, especially the fourth and fifth centuries, a foundational era for the whole Christian tradition, and our own contemporary context.  The premise behind linking these two periods is that insights drawn from the patristic context can enrich the current discussion.

Scriptural Interpretation: A Theological Exploration is Dr Sarisky’s first book, and it was published in 2013 by Wiley-Blackwell within its Challenges in Contemporary Theology series.  The book brings an important fourth-century theologian, Basil of Caesarea, into dialogue with two leading lights in contemporary Theology, Stanley Hauerwas and Rowan Williams.  The question on which the book focuses is what is happening, in specifically theological terms, when the Bible is read by the church.  The text culminates with a constructive contribution to the discussion that presents a thoroughly theological account of reading, including analysis of the identity of the reader, the nature of text being read, the practice of reading itself, and the social context of interpretation.

Dr Sarisky is currently completing his second monograph: its subject is the nature of theological interpretation.  The ongoing discussion of theological exegesis, which includes exploration of both its promise and difficulties, is one of the most significant discussions taking place in Theology and Religious Studies.  Though a great deal of energy is being directed at present into this debate, there is nevertheless a lack of clarity regarding the defining characteristics of the enterprise itself.  Dr Sarisky hopes to make a contribution there. 

Other Professional Activities

  • Subject Editor of Historical Theology for Marginalia Review of Books