Dr. David S. Robinson

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Research Associate, Theology & Ethics

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David Robinson is a Research Associate and Adjunct Instructor at Vancouver School of Theology and a Sessional Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at Regent College. He was previously the Post-Doctoral Fellow in Theology and Science at Regent College (2018-19), a role which involved directing the inaugural Interface lecture series.

David is the author of Christ and Revelatory Community in Bonhoeffer’s Reception of Hegel (Mohr Siebeck, 2018), which is based on his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Edinburgh. It offers the first sustained treatment of Bonhoeffer’s critical variations on Hegel’s philosophy, particularly his use of the phrase “God existing as community.” The book includes investigation into how faith and reason are socially composed, how a sacramental event might be conveyed conceptually, and what forms of recognition exist between the state and religious bodies. He has also published articles in the journals Modern Theology, Scottish Journal of Theology, Ecclesiology, and Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, among others.

David has previously lectured at the University of Edinburgh and has presented at conferences including the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Theology (U.K.), and the International Bonhoeffer Congress.

David lives in Coquitlam with his wife Jolene, who works as Marketing and Communications Manager for Jewish Family Services, and their four-year-old daughter Naomi.

Areas of Expertise

  • Systematic Theology
  • Theological Ethics
  • Creation and Providence
  • Christology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • G.W.F. Hegel



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

 Refereed Journal Articles

  •  ‘“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 Publications, Selected

  • ‘Community of Foreigners: Bonhoeffer’s Theses for a Time of Resurgent Nationalism’, Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal Vol. 1, No. 2 (Summer 2017): 3-5.
  • with Jeff Liou, ‘Our Racist Inheritance: A Report from the Princeton Conference on Faith & Race’, Comment: Public Theology for the Common Good (May 14, 2015).
  • ‘A Resilient Public Voice: Rowan Williams in Faith’s Argument’, Comment: Public Theology for the Common Good (February 8, 2013).
  • with Stuart Miles, ‘God(s): A User’s Guide: Responding to the Canadian Museum of Civilization Exhibit’, Comment: Public Theology for the Common Good (December 21, 2011).
  • ‘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.