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Revd Canon Professor Charlotte Methuen


Publications on this website are no longer being updated.  Please refer to the pubications section on my Glasgow University webpage: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/critical/staff/charlottemethuen/



Science and Theology in the Reformation: Studies in Theological Interpretation and Astronomical Observation in Sixteenth-Century Germany (T & T Clark: London 2008).



Kepler’s Tübingen: Stimulus to a Theological Mathematics (Studies in Reformation History; Aldershot: Ashgate 1998).






early modern




“„novam sprach, celeste deudsch“. Eine Untersuchung der theologischen Sprache von Luthers Bibelübersetzung,“ in: Zeitschrift für Neues Testament 13 (2010), 40-51.




“ ‘To delineate the divinity of the Creator’: The search for Platonism in late sixteenth-century Tübingen,” in: Kaspar von Greyerz & Thomas Kaufmann (eds), Naturwissenschaft und Religion im 16. und 17. Jahr­hundert (Schriften des Vereins für Reformationsgeschichte; Gütersloher Verlagshaus: Gütersloh 2010), 184-195.




“Preaching through the love of neighbour: The office and ministry of Katharina Schütz Zell,” in: Journal for Ecclesiastical History 61 (2010), 707-728. [Substantially revised version of: “Nächstenliebe als Verkündigung. Das diakonische Amt der Katharina Schütz Zell,” in: Adelheid von Hauff (ed.), Frauen gestalten Diakonie,vol. 1: Von biblischer Zeit bis zum Pietismus (Kohlhammer: Stuttgart 2007), 304-319.]




Juniam – nomen viri est: Early-modern readings of Paul’s Greetings to the Roman Church,” in: Christine Joynes and Christopher Rowland (eds), From the Margins, vol. 2: Women of the New Testament and their Afterlives (Sheffield Phoenix Press: Sheffield 2009), 284-300.




“Oxford: Reading Scripture in the University,” in: Torrance Kirby, Emidio Campi and Frank James III (eds), A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli (Brill: Leiden 2009), 71-92.



“De la sola scriptura à l’Astronomia nova: Principe d’autorité, principe d’accomodation et réforme de l’astronomie dans l’œuvre de Jean Kepler, » in: Miguel Granada and Edouard Mehl (eds), « Nouveau Ciel, Nouvelle Terre » La révolution copernicienne dans l’Allemagne de la Réforme 1530 –1630 (Editions Les Belles Lettres: Paris 2009), 319-338.



“Interpreting the Books of Nature and Scripture in Medieval and Early Modern Thought: An Introductory Essay,” in: Jitse van der Meer and Scott Mandelbrote (eds), Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions, vol. 1: To 1700 (Brill: Leiden 2008), 179-218.



“HErr HERR: Zum Umgang mit dem Gottesnamen in der Lutherbibel,” in: Christine Gerber, Benita Joswig & Silke Petersen (eds), Gott heißt nicht nur Vater: Zur Rede über Gott in den Über­setzungen der »Bibel in gerechter Sprache« (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Göttingen 2008), 130-144.


On the Threshold of a New Age: Expanding Horizons as the Broader Context of Scriptural Interpretation,” in: Magne Sæbø (ed.), Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: The History of its Interpretation, vol. 2 (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Göttingen 2008), 665-690.



“Nächstenliebe als Verkündigung. Das diakonische Amt der Katharina Schütz Zell,” in: Adelheid von Hauff (ed.), Frauen gestalten Diakonie,vol. 1: Von biblischer Zeit bis zum Pietismus (Kohlhammer: Stuttgart 2007), 304-319.



“On the problem of defining Lutheran Natural Philosophy,” in: John Brooke & Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (eds), Religious Values and the Rise of Science in Europe (IRCICA: Istanbul 2005), 63-80.



“Time human or time divine: Theological aspects in opposing the Gregorian Calendar Reform,” in: Reformation and Renaissance Review 3/1-2 (December 2001), 36-50.



“Natural order or order of nature? Natural and Moral Philosophy in the Thought of the Reformers,” in: Studies in Science and Theology 8 (2001/2), 57-75.



Lex naturae and ordo naturae in the thought of Philip Melanchthon,” in: Reformation and Renaissance Review 3 [vol. 2/1] (June 2000), 110-125.



“Science, Medicine and the Reformation”, in: Andrew Pettegree (ed.), The Reformation World (Routledge: London 2000), 521-534.



“The teaching of Aristotle in late sixteenth-century Tübingen,” in: Constance Blackwell and Sachiko Kusukawa (eds), Philosophy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: Conversations with Aristotle (Ashgate: Aldershot 1999), 189-205.



“The teachers of Johannes Kepler: theological impulses to the study of the heavens,” in: Sciences et Religions de Copernic à Galilée (1540-1610), Actes du colloque international, Rome 12-14 décembre 1996 (École Française: Rome 1999), 183-203.



“Special providence and sixteenth-century astronomical observation: some preliminary reflections,” in: Early Science and Medicine 4 (1999), 99-113.



“Zur Bedeutung der Mathematik für die Theologie Philip Melanchthons,” in: Stefan Rhein and Günther Frank (eds), Melanchthon und die Naturwissenschaften seiner Zeit (Melanchthon-Schriften der Stadt Bretten 4; Thorbecke: Sigmaringen 1998), 85-103.



“ ‘This comet or new star’: theology and the interpretation of the nova of 1572,” in: Perspectives on Science 5 (1997), 499-515.



“The role of the heavens in the theology of Philip Melanchthon,” in: Journal for the History of Ideas 57 (1996), 385-403; reprinted in Michael L. LaBlanc (ed.), Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 vol. 90 (Gale: Farmington Hills, MI 2003), 116-127.



“Maestlin’s teaching of Copernicus: the evidence of his university textbook and disputations,” in: Isis 87 (1996), 230-247.



“Securing the Reformation through Education: The Duke’s Scholarship System of Sixteenth Century Württemberg,” in: The Sixteenth Century Journal 25 (1994), 841-851.


short articles in: von Humboldt Kosmos, Science and Spirit, Glasgow Theological Faculty Bulletin

twentieth century

“‘Fulfilling Christ’s own wish that we should be one.’ The early ecumenical work of George Bell as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Dean of Canterbury (1914-1929),” in: Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte 21 (2008), 222-245.

“The Anglo-German Theological Conferences 1927-1931: Some Preliminary Findings,” in: Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte 20 (2007), 418-449 [initially published under the incorrect title: “The Anglo-American Theological Conferences 1927-1931: Some Preliminary Findings,” in KZG 20 (2007), 128-154].

“The Bonn Agreement and the Catholicization of Anglicanism: Anglicans and Old Catholics in the Lang Papers and the Douglas Papers 1920-1939,” in: Internationale Kirchliche Zeitschrift 97 (2007), 1-22.

early church

“Vidua—Presbytera—Episcopa; Women with Oversight in the Early Church,” in: Theology 108 (2005), 163-177.

“ ‘For pagans laugh to hear women teach’: gender stereotypes in the Didascalia Apostolorum,’ in: R. N. Swanson (ed.), Gender and Christian Religion (Studies in Church History 34; Boydell for the Ecclesiastical History Society: Woodbridge 1998), 23-35.

“Die Autorität von Frauen in der Alten Kirche am Beispiel der Syrischen Didascalia,” in: Leonore Siegele-Wenschkewitz and Gury Schneider-Ludorff et al. (eds), Frauen Gestalten Geschichte (Wiesbaden: Lutherisches Verlagshaus 1998), 9-32.

“The ‘virgin widow’: a problematic social role for the Early Church?’ in: Harvard Theological Review 90 (1997), 285-298.

“Widows, bishops and the struggle for authority in the Didascalia Apostolorum,” in: Journal of Ecclesiastical History 46 (1995), 197-213.


“Stranger in a Strange Land: Reflections on History and Identity,” in: Angela Berlis and Charlotte Methuen (eds), Feminist Perspectives on History and Religion (Yearbook of the European Society for Women in Theological Research [= ESWTR Yearbook] 8; Peeters: Leuven 2000), 41-68.

edited books:

Co-editor with Elżbieta Adamiak, Małgorzata Chrząstowska, Sonia Sobkowiak, Gender and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe (Colloquia Disputationes 13; Adam Mickiewicz University Press: Poznan 2009).

Co-editor with Angela Berlis, Sabine Bieberstein, Anne-Claire Mulder, Magda Misset-van de Weg: Holy Texts: Authority and Language(ESWTR Yearbook 12; Peeters: Leuven 2004).

Assistant editor with Angela Berlis for: Elżbieta Adamiak, Rebeka J. Anić, Kornélia Buday (eds.), Theological Women’s Studies in Central/Eastern Europe (ESWTR Yearbook 11; Peeters: Leuven 2003).

Co-editor with Angela Berlis: The End of Liberation? Liberation in the End! Feminist Theory, Feminist Theology and their political implications (ESWTR Yearbook 10; Peeters: Leuven 2002).

Assistant editor with Angela Berlis for: Susan K. Roll, Annette Esser, Brigitte Enzner Probst (eds.), Women, Ritual and Liturgy (ESWTR Yearbook 9; Peeters: Leuven 2001).

Co-editor with Angela Berlis: Feminist Perspectives on History and Religion (ESWTR Yearbook 8; Peeters: Leuven 2000).

Editor: Time, Utopia, Eschatologie (ESWTR Yearbook 7; Peeters: Leuven 1999).

Co-editor with Elisabeth Hartlieb: Sources and Resources of Feminist Theology (ESWTR Yearbook 5; Kok Pharos/Grünewald: Kampen/Mainz 1997).

Co-editor with Eckhard Keßler and Daniel A. Di Liscia: Method and Order in Renaissance Philosophy of Nature: The Aristotle Commentary Tradition, (Variorum: Aldershot 1997).



Luther and Calvin: Religious Revolutionaries (Oxford: Lion 2011).


dictionary and lexicon articles:

The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther, edited by Robert Kolb, Irene Dingel, Lubomir Batka (OUP: Oxford, forthcoming):  Luther’s Life.”

The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies, edited by Mark Chapman, Sathianathan Clarke, Ian Douglas, and Martyn Percy (OUP: Oxford, forthcoming):  Anglicans and Ecumenism.

Das Luther-Lexikon, edited by Volker Leppin and Gury Schneider-Ludorff (Bückle & Böhm: Regensburg 2012; forthcoming): “Astrologie/Astronomie”; “England”; “Heinrich VIII.”; “Schottland”.

The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, edited by Willemien Otten and Karla Pollmann (Oxford: OUP; forthcoming):  “Kepler’s reception of Augustine”.

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, edited by Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, u.a. (Walter de Gruyter: Berlin 2010-): “Chillingworth, William (1602-1644)”; “Collins, Anthony (1676-1729)”; “Colet, John (1466/67-1519)”; “Coverdale, Miles (c. 1488-1568)”; “Cranmer, Thomas (1489-1556)”; “Fisher, John (1469-1535)”; “Forty-Two Articles”.

Grundbegriffe zum Alten und Neuen Testament, edited by Ulrike Bechmann and Monika Fander (DSon Bosco: Munich 2003): “Ämter / Charismen“, 20-23; “Hermeneutik”, 136-137.

Wörterbuch der Feministischen Theologie (Gütersloher Verlagshaus: Gütersloh 22002): “Liturgie: Anglikanisch”, 381-382; “Theologinnen: Reformation,” 346-348.

Metzler Lexikon christlicher Denker (Metzler: Stuttgart 2000): “Besant, Annie”, 97; “Grynaeus, Simon,” 300-301.

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (Charles Scribner's Sons: New York 1999), “Schegk, Jakob, the elder”, Bd. 5, 421.

theological reflection / women’s ministry


If you love something, let it go... Reflections for Ash Wednesday to Pentecost (Inspire: Peterborough 2004).


“Beliefs across boundaries,” in: Public Service Review European Union 22 (2011), 625-626.

“ ‘More Spirited than Lions’: Apostolic Women and the Proclamation of the Gospel,” in. Christina Rees and Martyn Percy with Jenny Gaffin (eds), Apostolic Women, Apostolic Authority: Transfiguring Leadership in Today's Church (Canterbury Press: Norwich 2010), 30-40.

“Passing on the Flame: A Reflection on Tradition, Ecclesiology, and History,” in:  Mark Chapman (ed.), The Hope of Things to Come: Anglicanism and the Future (Mowbray: London 2010), 26-44.

“ ‘In the which the pure Word of God is preached and the Sacraments be duly administered’:  The Ecclesiology of the Church of England in the context of the European Reformation,” in: Modern Believing 50 (2009), 5-20; reprinted in: Mark Chapman (ed.), The Hope of Things to Come: Anglicanism and the Future (Mowbray: London 2010), 1-25.

“ ’Denke an dein Kind, das ohne dich nicht leben kann!’ Mütter in der Nachfolge Christi,” in: Annette Esser / Andrea Günther (eds), Kinder haben - KindSein - Geboren sein (Ulrike Helmer Verlag: Königstein 2008), 47-60.

“Diakonat ohne Diakonie? Diakone, Diakonissen, Diakoninnen in der anglikanischen Kirche,“ in: Anne Jensen (ed.), Die diakonische Funktion der Kirchen (Graz – forthcoming).

“’To Visit, Repress, Redress, Reform, Correct Restrain and Amend’: Historical Reflections on the Competence of the Church in England,” in: James Rigney with Mark D. Chapman (eds), Women as Bishops (Mowbray: London 2008, 21-30.

“Women with Oversight: Evidence from the EarlyChurch,” in: James Rigney with Mark D. Chapman (eds), Women as Bishops (Mowbray: London 2008), 72-92.

“ ‘From All Nations and Languages’: Reflections on Church, Catholicity and Culture,“ in: Mark D. Chapman (ed.), The Anglican Covenant: Unity and Diversity in the Anglican Communion (Mowbray: London 2008), 123-142. [Translated and revised version of: " ‘Aus allen Nationen und Sprachen’ - Überlegungen zu Kirche, Katholizität und Kultur, " in: Angela Berlis / Matthias Ring / Hubert Huppertz (eds), Im Himmel Anker werfen: Festschrift für Bischof Joachim Vobbe zum 60. Geburtstag (Alt-Katholischen Bistumsverlag, Bonn 2007), 265-275.]

“Mary in context: a historical methodological reflection,” in: Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ (ARCIC II): Essays by the Faith and Order Advisory Group of the Church of England (General Synod of the Church of England: London 2008), 15-23.

“Tod, wo ist dein Sieg? Tod, wo ist dein Stachel? Eine Predigtmeditation,“ in: Sylvia Grevel and Mieke Korenhof (eds), Theologische Ikonographien (LIT Verlag: Münster 2007), 122-128.

“Aussenseiter/innen gehen voran: Predigtmeditation zu 1. Petrus 5,1-4,” in: Junge Kirche (2006/1), 62-64.

“Some Thoughts about Collegiality within the College of Bishops of the Church of England once Women are Ordained Bishop,” in: Resources for Reflection (GSMisc 827; Church House Publishing: London 2006), 32-37.

“Frauenordination aus anglikanischer Sicht: Kommentar zu Angela Berlis,” in Ökumenische Rund­schau 55/1 (Jan 2006), 26-30.

“Bischöfinnen in der Church of England,” in: Christen Heute 49 (2005),195-196.

“Mut zur Leere,” in: zeitzeichen 4/9 (September 2003), 30-32.

“Tasten an der Grenze,” in: zeitzeichen 3/10 (October 2002), 20-23.

“Women priests have real presence: reflections on liturgy and presidency,” in: Susan K. Roll, Annette Esser and Brigitta Enzner-Probst (eds.), Women, Ritual and Liturgy (Yearbook of the European Society for Women in Theological Research 9; Peeters: Leuven 2001), 241-250. [translated and revised version of “Gedeelde macht als kracht. De rol van vrouwelijke priesters in de liturgie,” in: Fier 3/1 (Jan/Feb 2000), 4-5.]

“Du bist anglikanische Priesterin? In Europa?” in: Nordelbischen Stimmen 9 (Sep 2001), 24-26.

with Karin Ehrich: “Zwischen Unterdrückung und Entfaltung: Frauen und Kirche,” in: Geschichte Schauburger Frauen (Verlag für Regional Geschichte: Bielefeld 2000), 103-106.