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Matthew J Mills
BTh Hons, MA, DPhil.

My research and writing take inspiration from the theology and history of the Catholic tradition, especially ideas about the Virgin Mary ("Mariology") and monasticism.


Presently employed in Durham, as Head of Development at the magnificent Romanesque cathedral, I have been a senior member of St Chad's College since 2020, and holder of an honorary fellowship within the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University since 2021. Having held lectureships in theology and medieval studies within the University of Oxford, I have also been a senior member of Regent's Park College since 2013.


285 entries, in A. Louth, ed., The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 4th edn, 2022)

‘A Vindication of Desire: St Anselm, with C. S. Lewis’, The Downside Review 139.2 (2021), pp. 133-144

Forgiveness and Restorative Justice: Perspectives from Christian Theology, with Myra. N. Blyth and Michael. H. Taylor (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)

‘In the Barque of Peter: St Anselm’s Ecclesiology’, The Saint Anselm Journal 15.2 (2020), pp. 97-114

Caritatis communionem: Reconciliation through an Ecumenism of Friendship’, in A. Goodliff, A. Clarke and B. Allison-Glenny, eds, Reconciling Rites: Essays in Honour of Myra N. Blyth (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2020), pp. 224-40

‘Section on Restorative Justice’, ed. with Myra N. Blyth, The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 5.1 (2016), pp. 49-152

‘Stephen of Sawley’s Meditations on Our Lady’s Joys and the Medieval History of the Rosary’, Cistercian Studies Quarterly 50.4 (2015), pp. 424-39

In the Shadow of Your Wings: Worship Book of Regent’s Park College, ed. with Myra N. Blyth (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2013)


Book Reviews

Bell, David N., Handmaid of the Lord: Mary, the Cistercians, and Armand-Jean de Rancé (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021), 400pp., Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 11 (2022), in press

Lipscomb, Benjamin J. B., The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), 344pp., Studies in Christian Ethics, 35.4 (2022), pp. 859-61

Angier, Tom, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019), 356pp., Journal of Moral Philosophy 19 (2022), pp. 431-4

Griffiths, Fiona J., Nuns’ Priests’ Tales: Men and Salvation in Women’s Monastic Life (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), 360pp., History: Journal of the Historical Association 107.374 (2022), pp. 170-2

Borromeo, Charles, Selected Orations, Homilies and Writings, ed. J. R. Cihak, trans. A. Santogrossi (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017), 216pp., Regent’s Reviews 12.1 (2020), pp. 36-8

Pepinster, Catherine, The Keys and the Kingdom: The British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017), 245pp., Regent’s Reviews 12.1 (2020), pp. 33-6

Cone, Steven D., Theology from the Great Tradition (London; New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018), 726pp., Regent’s Reviews 11.1 (2019), pp. 13-5

Houston, James M. and Zimmerman, Jens, eds, Sources of the Christian Self: A Cultural History of Christian Identity (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2018), 692pp., Regent’s Reviews 11.1 (2019), pp. 39-41

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