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Professor Robin Gill

Emeritus Professor of Applied Theology




Robin Gill is Emeritus Professor of Applied Theology. He was previously the first holder of both the Michael Ramsey Chair at Kent and the William Leech Research Chair at Newcastle. He has published extensively in sociological theology, the sociological study of churches, Christian and religious ethics, and health care ethics.

Academic Appointments

  • 2011-14: Professor of Applied Theology, University of Kent.
  • 1992-2011: Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology, University of Kent.
  • 1988-92: William Leech Professorial Fellow in Applied Theology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1987-8: Senior Lecturer, Department of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, University of Edinburgh
  • 1985-8: Associate Dean, Faculty of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
  • 1972-87: Lecturer, Department of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, University of Edinburgh
  • 1971-2: Lecturer, Anglican Theological College, Papua New Guinea.

Named Lectureships

  • 1990: John Coffin Memorial Lecture, University of London.
  • 1992: Prideaux Lecturer, University of Exeter
  • 1994: New College Lecture, University of New South Wales
  • 1998: Charles Gore Lecture, Westminster Abbey
  • 2002: Select Preacher, Oxford University

Church Appointments

  • 1997-8: Theological Consultant to the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops
  • 1993-2006: Chair of Archbishop of Canterbury’s Medical Ethics Advisory Group, Lambeth Palace
  • 1992-: Honorary Canon, Canterbury Cathedral
  • 1988-99: Member of Archbishop of Canterbury’s Theological Advisory Group, Lambeth Palace

Other Appointments

  • 2009-: Council member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics
  • 2003-6: Chair of British Sociological Association’s Study Group of Religion
  • 2001-: Member of Medical Research Council’s Stem Cell Steering Committee
  • 1999-: Member of BMA Medical Ethics Committee
  • 1996-8: President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics
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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Gill, R. (2013). Society Shaped by Theology: Sociological Theology Volume 3. [Online]. Farnham, UK: Ashgate. Available at:
Gill, R. (2012). Theology Shaped by Society: Sociological Theology Volume 2. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
Gill, R. (2012). Theology in a Social Context: Sociological Theology Volume 1. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
Gill, R. (2006). A Textbook of Christian Ethics. London: T&T Clark.
Edited book
Gill, R. ed. (2007). Reflecting Theologically on AIDS: A Global Challenge. London: SCM Press.
Gill, R. ed. (2001). The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Phillip, S. et al. (2009). Is legislation a barrier to the sustainable management of game species? A case study of wild deer in Britain. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management [Online] 52:993-1012. Available at:
Gill, R. (2000). Steps to the future: Issues facing the church in the new Millennium. Expository Times 111:427-427.
Gill, R. (2000). Sociology, theology and the curriculum. Expository Times 111:281-282.
Gill, R. (1998). Christianity and liberal society. Expository Times 109:221-222.
Book section
Gill, R. (2009). Jesus, Community, Compassion and HIV Prevention. in: Paterson, G. ed. HIV Prevention: A Global Theological Conversation. Geneva: Ecumencal Advocacy Alliance, pp. 113-120.
Gill, R. (2007). The Cultural Paradigm: Declines in Belonging and Then Believing. in: Pollack, D. and Olson, D. V. A. eds. The Role of Religion in Modern Societies. New York: Routledge, pp. 177-189.
Gill, R. (2007). Altruism and Religious Culture in the West. in: Habito, R. L. F. and Inaba, K. eds. The Practice of Altruism: Caring and Religion in Global Perspective. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 80-98.
Gill, R. (2007). Aids, Leprosy and the Synoptic Jesus. in: Gill, R. ed. Reflecting Theologically on AIDS: A Global Challenge. London: SCM Press, pp. 100-113.
Gill, R. (2003). The Empty Church Revisited. in: The Empty Church Revisited. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
Gill, R. (2002). Changing Worlds. in: Changing Worlds. Edinburgh, UK: T&T Clark.
Gill, R. (2008). Theology and families. Journal of Theological Studies [Online] 59:437-438. Available at:
Gill, R. (1999). Religion in prison: Equal rites in a multi-faith society. Religion 29:287-288.
Gill, R. (1997). A global ethic for global politics and economics - Kung,H. Expository Times 109:61-61.
Gill, R. (1995). EUROPEAN RELIGION IN THE AGE OF GREAT CITIES 1830-1930 - MCLEOD,H. Expository Times 106:282-282.
Gill, R. (1994). Religions, Rights and Laws - Bradney,A. Religion 24:192-192.
Gill, R. (1994). A Far Glory - the Quest for Faith in an Age of Credulity - Berger,PL. Sociology of Religion [Online] 55:98-99. Available at:
Gill, R. (1994). On Feeling, Knowing and Valuing - Scheler,M. Religion 24:191-191.
Gill, R. (1993). Church and Religion in Rural England - Davies, D, Watkins, C, Winter, M Davies, D., Watkins, C. and Winter, M. eds. Religion 23:100-101.
Gill, R. (1993). Sociology and Liturgy - Re-Presentations of the Holy - Flanagan,K Flanagan, K. ed. British Journal of Sociology 44:552-552.
Gill, R. (1992). The Social Dimensions of Sectarianism - Sects and New Religious Movements in Contemporary Society - Wilson,Br Wilson, B. R. ed. Scottish Journal of Theology 45:543-544.
Conference or workshop item
Gill, R., Hadaway, C. and Marler, P. (1998). Is religious belief declining in Britain? in: Meeting of the International-Society-for-the-Sociology-of-Religion. Soc Scientific Study Religion, pp. 507-516. Available at:
Gill, R. (2006). Health Care and Christian Ethics. Cambridge University Press.
Total publications in KAR: 28 [See all in KAR]
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