Professor Tina Beattie

Professor Tina Beattie

Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing

Department of Humanities


Tina Beattie is Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing and of Catherine of Siena College, both based at the University of Roehampton. Much of her research focuses on the relationship between the Catholic tradition and contemporary culture, particularly in areas to do with gender, sexuality and reproductive ethics; Catholic social teaching and women's rights, and theology and the visual arts. She has a keen interest in Marian theology, art and devotion, and in the relationship between medieval mysticism, sacramental theology, and psychoanalytic theory. Her doctoral research was on the theology and symbolism of the Virgin Mary, drawing on the psycholinguistic theory of Luce Irigaray as a resource for the analysis of Christian writings on Mary and Eve in the early Church and in recent Catholic theology. Her thesis formed the basis of her book, God's Mother, Eve's Advocate (Continuum 2002), and these ideas are further developed in New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory' (Routledge 2006). Her latest research monograph, Theology After Postmodernity: Divining the Void, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. She is also the author of The New Atheists (Darton, Longman & Todd 2007; Orbis Books 2008), and she has published articles in numerous journals and edited collections.

Tina is a contributor to The Tablet, The Guardian online. The Conversation, and several other publications. Television and radio appearances include BBC1, BBC2, Sky News and Al Jazeera, BBC Radios 1 and 2, BBC World Service, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and RTE (Ireland). She has given talks and lectures in many different countries including Australia, the United States, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Germany and Belgium.


Ph.D., University of Bristol, Theology, 1998

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'Transforming Time: The Maternal Church and the Pilgrimage of Faith', Ecclesiology, Vol. 12, Issue 1, January 2016: pp. 54-72.

'Dignity Beyond rights: Human Development in the Context of the Capabilities Approach and Catholic Social Teaching', Australian eJournal of Theology, Vol. 22, Issue 3, 2015.

'Whose Rights, Which Rights? -- The United Nations, the Vatican, Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Rights', Heythrop Journal, Vol. 55, Issue 6, 2014: pp. 979-1112.

'Deforming God: Why Nothing Really Matters: A Lacanian Reading of Thomas Aquinas', New Blackfriars, Vol 95, No. 1056, March 2014: pp. 218-33.

'Fragments: Reflections in a Shattered Screen', Political Theology, Vol. 12, No. 5, 2011: pp. 672-77

'Catholicism, Choice and Consciousness: A Feminist Theological Perspective on Abortion', International Journal of Public Theology, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2010): pp. 51-75

'Earth, Wind and Fire: Fenwick Lawson's Art', Art & Christianity, No. 57, Spring 2009.

'"Justice enacted not these human laws" (Antigone): Religion, Natural Law and Women's Rights', Religion and Human Rights, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2008: pp. 249- 67

'Sacramentality, Incarnation and Gender: a proposal for an integrated theology as a criticism of Hans Urs von Balthasar', ET - Bulletin of the European Society for Catholic Theology, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2008): pp. 128-35

'Humanae Vitae: nature, sex and reason in conflict', The Pastoral Review, July 2008.

'Insight beyond Sight: Sacramentality and the Eucharist in the Isenheim Altarpiece' in New Blackfriars, Vol. 88.1013, 2007: 67-72

'Religious Reflections on the Death Penalty', review essay in Human Rights and Religion, Vol. 1.1, 2006: 101-103

'The Baptism of Eros' in Theology and Sexuality, Vol. 9.2, 2003/2: 167-179

'Theological Reflections: Corporeality and Mysticism' in Regina Ammicht-Quinn and Elsa Tamez (eds.), Body and Religion, Concilium, 2002/2, 66-75

'Mary, Eve and the Church: Towards a New Ecclesiology' in Maria: A Journal of Marian Studies, February 2001: 5-20

'The Sacramental Body: Symbols of a Gendered Church' in The Way Supplement: Refounding: Church and Spirituality, 2001/101: 73-87

'The Magnificat of the Redeemed Woman' in New Blackfriars, Vol. 80, No. 944, October 1999: 443-50

'"Woman Full and Overflowing with Grace"3: the Virgin Mary and the Contemporary Church' in The Way Supplement: Where Now? Women's Spirituality after the Ecumenical Decade, 1998/93: 54-65

'A Man and Three Women - Hans, Adrienne, Mary and Luce' in New Blackfriars, Vol. 79, No. 924, February 1998: 97-105

'A Discipleship of Love: Mary of Bethany and the Ministry of Women' in The Month, May 1997: 171-750

'Mary, the Virgin Priest?' in The Month, December 1996: 485-93


'Religion in the Writings of the New Atheists' in Richard King (ed.) Theory, Religion, Critique: Classical and Contemporary Approaches (Columbia University Press, 2016, forthcoming)

'The Touch that Goes Beyond Touching': a reflection on the touching of Mary of Magdala in Theology and Art' in Reimund Bieringer, Barbara Baert and Karlin Demasure (eds) Noli me tangere: New interdisciplinary perspectives, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium (Leuven, Paris, Dudly MA: Peeters, 2016, forthcoming)

'On the matter of God - Conversations in the Khora' in Louise Nelstrop (ed.), Mystical Theology: Eruptions from France (Farnham UK and Burlington VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015)

The Theological Study of Gender' in Adrian Thatcher (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Theology, Sexuality and Gender (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)

Theology After Postmodernity: Divining the Void - a Lacanian reading of Thomas Aquinas (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)

'Nothing Really Matters: Rhapsody for a Dead Queen' in Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis and Marcus Pound (eds) Theology After Lacan: The Passion for the Real (Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014)

'Mary, Mother of God and Model of a Pilgrim People' in Gavin D'Costa and Emma Harris (eds) The Second Vatican Council (London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2014)

'The Revolution of Tenderness - the theology of Pope Francis' in Eamon Maher and John Littleton (eds) The Francis Factor: A New Departure (Dublin: Columba Press, 2014)

'The Vanishing Absolute and the Deconsecrated God - a theological reflection on revelation, law, and human dignity' in Christopher McCrudden (ed.) Understanding Human Dignity (London and Oxford: British Academy and Oxford University Press, 2013)

'The Body Between Us: Towards an Incarnate Mysticism' in Louise Nelstrop and Simon Podmore (eds), Exploring Lost Dimensions in Christian Mysticism: Opening to the Mystical (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington VT: Ashgate Publishing)

'From Ethics to Eschatology: the Continuing Validity of the New Eve for Christian Doctrine and Discipleship' in Rob McSwain and Taylor Worley (eds) Theology, Aesthetics and Culture: Responses to the Work of David Brown (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012): pp. 64-78.

Entries on the Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption, Human Rights, Abortion in David Fergusson, Karen Kilby, Ian McFarland and Iain Torrance (eds) The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

'The End of Woman: Gender, God and Rights Beyond Modernity' in Patrick Claffey and Joseph Egan (eds)Movement or Moment?: Assessing Liberation Theology Forty Years after Medellin (Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Franfurt am Main, News York, Wien: Peter Lang, 2009)

'From Rosaries to Rights - Towards an Integrated Catholicism' in Bernard Hoose,Julie Clague and Gerard Mannion (eds) Moral Theology for the Twenty- First Century: Essays in Celebration of Kevin Kelly (London and New York: Continuum,2008)

'Vision and Vulnerabilty: the significance of sacramentality and the woman priest for feminist theology' in Natalie Watson and Stephen Burns (eds) Exchanges of Grace: Essays in Honour of Ann Loades (London:SPCK, 2008)

The New Atheists: The Twilight of Reason and the War on Religion (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2007)

'Queen of Heaven' in Gerard Loughlin (ed.), Queer Theology: New Perspectives on Sex and Gender (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2007).

'Mary in Patristic Theology' in Sarah Jane Boss (ed.), Mary: The Complete Resource (London and New York: Continuum, 2007).

'Mary the Mother of Jesus' and 'The Immaculate Conception' in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Gender (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2007).

New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory (London and New York: Routledge, 2006)

'Gender and Religion: Gender and Christianity' 'Feminist Theology: Christian Feminist Theology', 'Mary: Feminist Perspectives' in The Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edn, (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2005).

'Mary' and 'The Motherhood of God' in Philip Sheldrake (ed.), Dictionary of Spirituality (London: SCM Press Dictionary of Spirituality, 2005)

'Mary' in John Bowden (ed.), Christianity: A Complete Guide 2 (London and New York: Continuum, 2005)

Co-editor with Ursula King, Gender, Religion and Diversity (London and New York: Continuum, 2004)

'A Roman Catholic's View on the Apostolicity of Women' in Harriet Harris and Jane Shaw (eds.), The Call for Women Bishops (London: SPCK, 2004)

Woman, New Century Theology Series (London and New York: Continuum, 2003)

'Redeeming Mary: The Potential of Marian Symbolism for Feminist Philosophy of Religion' in Pamela Sue Anderson and Beverley Clack (eds.), Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings (London: Routledge, 2003)

God's Mother, Eve's Advocate: A Marian Narrative of Women's Salvation (London and New York: Continuum, 2002).

Eve's Pilgrimage: A Woman's Quest for the City of God (London and New York: Burns & Oates/Continuum, 2002)

Entries on Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva in John Sawyer and Seumas Simpson (eds.), Concise Encyclopedia of Language and Religion (Oxford: Elsevier Science Ltd., 2001)

'Etty Hillesum: A Thinking Heart in a Darkened World' in Ursula King with Tina Beattie (eds.), Spirituality and Society in the New Millennium (Sussex: Sussex Academic Press, 2001): 247-58

A Culture of Life: Women's Theology and Social Liberation (London: CIIR, 2000)

'Global Sisterhood or Wicked Stepsisters: Why Aren't Girls with God Mothers Invited to the Ball?' in Deborah Sawyer and Diane Collier (eds.), Is there a Future for Feminist Theology? (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999): 115-25

'Carnal Love and Spiritual Imagination: Can Luce Irigaray and John Paul II Come Together?' in Jon Davies and Gerard Loughlin (eds.), Sex These Days: Essays on Theology, Sexuality and Society (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press222, 1997): 160-83

'Sexuality and the Resurrection of the Body: Reflections in a Hall of Mirrors' in Gavin D'Costa (ed.), Resurrection Reconsidered (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 1996): 135-49

Rediscovering Mary: Insights from the Gospels (Tunbridge Wells: Burns & Oates; New York: Ligouri Publications; Sydney: HarperCollins, 1995).

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