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Dr Joshua Furnal

Lecturer in Systematic Theology


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Email: joshua.furnal@spcm.ie
Phone: +353 1 7083625
Office: Dunboyne House


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Research Interests

  • Potential postgraduate students interested in the following areas (at any stage of interest or application) are invited to contact him via email:
  • The Catholic reception of Søren Kierkegaard's Theology
  • The philosophical theology of Fr. Cornelio Fabro CSS
  • Ressourcement Theology and The Second Vatican Council
  • Topics and Thinkers in Modern Christian Theology
  • The intersection of Existentialism and Thomism


Joshua Furnal (Ph.D. Durham) is an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Patrick's Pontifical University, Maynooth.

His research explores the history of modern Christian theology and philosophical theology from the 20th century to the present. He has published on a variety of topics including the philosophical theology of Søren Kierkegaard, the Thomist philosopher Cornelio Fabro, and 'ressourcement' theologians in relation to Vatican II.

His first monograph, Catholic Theology after Kierkegaard (Oxford University Press 2016) discovered that Kierkegaard’s writings had a surprising impact on influential Catholic thinkers during the twentieth century. His next monograph is provisionally entitled Being before God: Cornelio Fabro’s Thomistic Approach to Kierkegaard’s Theology. He is also the translator of Cornelio Fabro’s Introduction to St. Thomas (IVE Press 2022), and he wrote the critical introduction to Fabro’s Selected Articles on Søren Kierkegaard (IVE Press 2020).

He is an Associate Editor of Brill Research Perspectives in Theological Traditions and the co-editor of the Contributions to Philosophical Theology series. Recently, he has been the recipient of four visiting research fellowships: the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Italy), the Hong Kierkegaard Library (USA), Gladstone’s Library (UK), and the National Institute for Newman Studies (USA).

Before coming to Maynooth, he held a tenure-track teaching and research position at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Prior to Nijmegen, he held postdoctoral positions as a Visiting Research Fellow with the Leslie Center for Humanities and a Lecturer in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College. Also, he has been a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Tübingen, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Durham University (UK) in the Department of Theology and Religion.

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