Revd Dr Nick Griffin is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus South West. Born and bred in the South West, Nick holds an MTh from Oxford and is currently completing his PhD in Systematic Theology on the theme of mystery at King’s College London. This study draws together Karl Barth and Maurice Wiles’ divergent understandings of providence to illuminate the necessity of mystery in theology. Prior to ordination, Nick worked as a housing support mentor for homeless youth in Bridgwater; following the completion of a curacy in Frome, he was University Chaplain for Plymouth Marjon University. He has lectured for South West Ministry Training Course and is now Associate priest to the Blackdown Benefice. Married with two young children, in his spare time Nick attempts to play electric guitar and build things out of pallets.
My PhD research has focused on the theme of mystery in contemporary systematic theology. Theological mystery is far richer than an absence of knowledge because in the gospel God comes to us as mystery. This research seeks to develop stable terminology within the broad term ‘mystery’ and by contrasting the theologies of providence as formulated by Karl Barth and Maurice Wiles into dialogue, I am seeking to demonstrate the foundational quality of mystery to Christian Dogmatics.