Simon Cuff
Fr Simon Cuff
Tutor and Lecturer in Theology
Interim host at St Mellitus College, Chelmsford


Fr Simon Cuff is a Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College. And Interim host for St Mellitus College, Chelmsford. He studied Philosophy and Theology and Jewish Studies at Oxford University. His doctoral research was on the reception of Scripture in recent philosophy and critical theory. Following ordination in the Church of England, he served his curacy in, and was latterly Interim Priest-in-Charge of, a busy parish in Ealing Broadway in west London. Fr Simon has a long association with the craft of community organising through its UK home, Citizens UK and as a Fellow of the Centre for Theology and Community. Through this engagement with organising, he has participated in the Living Wage campaign and alongside migrants and refugees through work with Migrants Organise and Safe Passage. He has a passion for social justice in every area of life and has recently joined the board of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility. He has a keen interest in Catholic Social Teaching, sacramental theology and evangelism, and the use of Scripture in systematic theology and political thought.

Research Projects
  • Divine Simplicity, Human Idolatry & Christian Action (SCM Press, 2020)
    This project seeks to articulate the doctrine of God according to classical theism, reflecting especially on the potential of Divine simplicity as a grounds for Christian action and a guard against idolatry. Each chapter explores how an aspect of God’s character inspires our action and informs Christian thought and worship, given the simplicity and constancy of the God we worship and who calls us to serve.
  • Love In Action: Catholic Social Teaching for Every Church (SCM Press, 2019)
  • Exploring the body of thought which is known as Catholic Social Teaching, and how it can contribute to the flourishing of the Church, the strength of relationships within institutions and the full inclusion of those from every social and economic background within every structure of the Church.
  • Paul’s 'New Moment’: The Reception of Paul in Alain Badiou, Terry Eagleton, Slavoj Zizek' (2014)
  • Doctoral thesis tracing the reception of Paul within philosophical readings of Scripture, considering the reception of the text and reactions to those receptions within the Biblical studies community. A fresh assessment of the hermeneutical theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer provides the hermeneutical and methodological basis of the thesis.
  • Prodigal Daughters and Sons: Millennials and Generational Fairness in Crucible (Forthcoming)
  • ‘Affected History: The Truth of Gadamer and Methods in New Testament Hermeneutics’ in Hermeneia 23 (2019) 127 - 136
  • Love in Action: Catholic Social Teaching for Every Church (SCM Press, 2019)
  • Turning the Tables: Transforming Anger to Action in Crucible: Biblical Social Ethics (January 2019)