Prof. Adrian Thatcher
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Prof. Adrian Thatcher
At present I am Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, UK. I am a Trustee of Modern Church, and Managing Editor of Modern Believing, the theological journal of Modern Church.

From 2004-2011 I was Professorial Research Fellow in Applied Theology at Exeter, teaching courses on theology and sexuality, and biblical interpretation. From 2007 – 2019 I was part-time tutor at the University of Plymouth Medical School, teaching short courses on gender, kinship arrangements, and religion and society.

For 27 years (1977-2004) I taught at what is now Plymouth Marjon University. I was Professor of Applied Theology there from 1995. Before that I was a Lecturer at what is now the University of Gloucestershire (1974-77), and a Baptist Minister (1966-74).I read Theology at Regent's Park College, in the University of Oxford (1962-66), and collected my D.Phil degree there in 1974.

My main current academic interest is the interaction between theology and gender. I retain a strong interest also in theologies of sexuality, biblical interpretation, and marriage and families. I think the churches’ recent record on women and LGBTIQ people is lamentable, rooted in mistaken beliefs. As a straight, wealthy, white, male academic I am very privileged, and I dedicate all my current academic work to the full recognition and flourishing of people who are not like me, and to the doctrinal and moral development which in the churches has always been necessary.

I have written, edited or co-edited 19 books. Please see My Books for details of them all.

I am a practising Christian, and feel especially at home in the Reformed Catholic Tradition. This is why I became an Anglican (Episcopalian) in 1988. I profess the classical Trinitarian faith of the Church, but I interpret this in a positive, progressive and liberal way. I am available for theological consultancy, or to give lectures and seminars at conferences, research seminars, colloquia, training days, and the like.

I was married for 36 years, until my wife Grace died (in 2002) of myelodysplasia. I have a son, John, married to Valerie, and three wonderful grandchildren, James, Loren and William. I like to keep fit, mainly by running, swimming and coastal walking. I love classical music, modern jazz and bird-watching. I enjoy cooking, especially vegetarian. I attempt to play the piano, and I play for services at my local church, Christ Church Estover, and for the Devonport Park Community Choir.

I am a young 80.