Dr. David S. Robinson

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Research Associate, Theology & Ethics

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Academic CV

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Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh), M.Div. (Regent College)


David Robinson is a Research Associate and Adjunct Instructor at Vancouver School of Theology. He is also a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics, a position jointly held at Regent College and the UBC Philosophy Department. His two-year research project, which is supported by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is entitled “Self-Divestment for a Finite Earth: Recovering Philosophical and Theological Wisdom in the Anthropocene.” David is also a Project Co-Leader for “Regent Interface: Engaging Science in Ministry Education,” which is supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

David is the author of Christ and Revelatory Community in Bonhoeffer’s Reception of Hegel (Mohr Siebeck, 2018). He has also published articles in Modern Theology, Scottish Journal of Theology, Ecclesiology, and Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, among others.

David has previously taught at Corpus Christi College (UBC) and the University of Edinburgh, as well as Henan and Shandong Universities in China. He has presented at conferences including the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Theology (U.K.), and the International Bonhoeffer Congress. Prior to his academic work, David served as a minister with congregations in Ottawa and Edinburgh.

David lives in Coquitlam with his wife Jolene, who works as Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications for Jewish Family Services, and their children Naomi and Andrew.

Twitter: @DavidScottR

Teaching Areas

  • Systematic Theology
  • Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Ecotheology
  • Ethics



  • Christ and Revelatory Community in Bonhoeffer’s Reception of Hegel. Dogmatik in der Moderne. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • ‘The Dignity of Causing: Kenosis, Compatibilism, and the God Beyond Genus’. Theology and Science (Forthcoming, 2022).
  • with Jennifer Wotochek. ‘Kenotic Theologies and the Challenge of the “Anthropocene”: From Deep Incarnation to Interspecies Encounter’. Studies in Christian Ethics 34, no. 2 (2021): 209-222. 
  • ‘“By the Lips of Foreigners”: Disclosing the Church in 1 Corinthians 14:20-25’. Ecclesiology 14, no. 3 (October 2018), 306-321.
  • with Ryan Tafilowski, ‘Conflict & Concession: Nationality in the Pastorate for Althaus and Bonhoeffer’, Scottish Journal of Theology 70, no. 2 (May 2017): 127-46.
  • ‘A Cleaving Mind: Hegel and Bonhoeffer on the Fall into Knowledge’, Modern Theology 32, 4 (October 2016): 544-68.
  • ‘Confessing Race: Towards a Global Ecclesiology after Bonhoeffer and Du Bois’, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 36, no. 2 (2016): 121-39.
  • Peccatorum Communio:  Intercession in Bonhoeffer’s Use of Hegel’, Studies in Christian Ethics 28:1 (February 2015): 86-100.

Other Writings

  • ‘Dispossession in the Spirit: An Interview with Sarah Coakley on Science, Ministry, and the Future of Systematic Theology’. Crux 57, no. 2 (Summer 2021): 13-21.
  • ‘Living with Dying: The Body of Christ after MAiD’. Faith Today (May / June 2021): 42-5.
  • ‘Community of Foreigners: Bonhoeffer’s Theses for a Time of Resurgent Nationalism’. Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal 1, no. 2 (Summer 2017): 3-5.
  • ‘Forgetting Ourselves in a Function: W.H. Auden on the Good Society’s Friday’. Comment: Public Theology for the Common Good (Fall 2011): 62-67.