‘Ordinary theology’ characterizes the reflective God-talk of the great majority of churchgoers. Jeff Astley coined the phrase in his innovative study, Ordinary Theology: Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology and a number of scholars have responded to this and related conceptualizations, exploring their theological implications.

I adopted the perspective in examining a range of Church practices and contexts of Christian discipleship, using the tools of empirical study. Chapter 20 offers a reflection on my research which advocates a use for Ordinary theology in adult Christian learning.


‘I wish I’d known…’ Collated experiences of service on Councils and Committees of the Church of Scotland. New Members’ Induction Conference, Edinburgh, May 2014.

Ordinary theology as process: A Phenomenographic Approach. (2013). Chapter 20 in Astley, J. and Francis, L. (Eds) Exploring Ordinary Theology. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing.

Participation in adult Christian education: An investigation into a role for multimedia resources. Summary paper presented to Presbytery of Irvine and Kilmarnock, 2010.

Video: a fairy godmother in adult education? DIVERSE Conference, Aberystwyth, 2009.

Supporting text interpretation and reflection with short video clips: a simple multimedia approach. Paper presented at DIVERSE Conference, Haarlem, 2008.

A wedding, a funeral, and the end of the world: video resources for learners in church. Paper presented at DIVERSE Conference, Glasgow, 2006.

Logon All Ye Faithful: Multimedia Courseware and Communication within a Local Faith Community.Paper presented at EDMEDIA Conference, Oahu, Hawaii, 2003.

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