Revd Dr Matthias Grebe
Matthias is Chaplain at Westcott House and oversees the life of the Chapel and College worship. He provides confidential pastoral care and spiritual counsel to all members of the College community and contributes to the liturgical and spiritual formation of students. On Thursdays and Fridays you can find him at Westcott, but he is always reachable on email.
Before coming up to Cambridge for ordination training and a PhD in Systematic Theology, Matthias read Theology, Philosophy and Rhetoric at the University of Tübingen, where he also trained for a professional certificate in Viktor Frankl’s school of existential psychotherapy. His doctoral thesis and first monograph looked at Karl Barth's doctrines of election and atonement, and his current research focuses on suffering and the problem of evil in the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is the associate vicar of St Edward King and Martyr in Cambridge and the Church of England's Adviser for European Church Relations for the Council for Christian Unity at Church House.
Wider Research Interests:
- Twentieth-century German theology (Barth, Tillich, Bonhoeffer)
- Christian and Jewish mysticism
- Ethics of responsibility
- Christian existentialism and developmental psychology
- Ecclesiology and pneumatology
- Interpretations of the atonement
- Suffering and the problem of evil
Books and Edited Volumes
- 2020: Mark Chapman, Friederike Nüssel, and Matthias Grebe (eds.), Revisiting the Meissen Declaration after 30 years (Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt).
- 2019: Polyphonie der Theologie: Verantwortung und Widerstand in Kirche und Politik (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer).
- 2019: Matthias Grebe and Jeremy Worthen (eds.), After Brexit? The Church of England, the European Churches and the Future of European Unity (Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt).
- 2014: Election, Atonement, and the Holy Spirit: Through and Beyond Barth’s Interpretation of Scripture (foreword by David F. Ford) (Oregon: Wipf & Stock, Princeton Theological Monograph series).
Articles and Chapters
- 2020: ‘The Eclipse of Responsibility and an Ethics Gone Awry: An Outsider View from the Inside’, in Jonathan Chaplin and Andrew Bradstock (eds.), The Future of Brexit Britain: Anglican Reflections on National Identity and European Solidarity (London: SPCK).
- 2020: ‘What Constitutes a Church?: Revisiting Ecclesiology, Ordained Ministry, and Episcopé in light of the Meissen Declaration’, in Mark Chapman, Friederike Nüssel, and Matthias Grebe (eds.) Revisiting the Meissen Declaration after 30 years (Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt), 28–50.
- 2019: ‘Suffering, Sin-bearing, and Stellvertretung: Revisiting the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’, in Matthias Grebe (ed.), Polyphonie der Theologie. Verantwortung und Widerstand in Kirche und Politik (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2019), 175–193.
- 2019: Will Adam, Matthias Grebe and Jeremy Worthen, ‘The Church of England and European Ecumenism: Making our Unity Visible’, in Matthias Grebe and Jeremy Worthen (eds.), After Brexit? The Church of England, the European Churches and the Future of European Unity, (Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt), 129–148.
- 2017: ‘The Problem of Evil’, in Adam J. Johnson (ed.), T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement. (London: T&T Clark), 707–712.
- 2017: ‘Jürgen Moltmann,’ in Adam J. Johnson (ed.), T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, (London: T&T Clark), 651–654.
- 2016: ‘Revelation as Salvation: A Comparison of «Revelation» in Barth and Tillich,’ in Mireille Hébert and Anne Marie Reijnen (eds.), Paul Tillich et Karl Barth: Antagonismes et accords théologiques (Zürich: LIT Verlag, 2016), 25–44.
- 2015: ‘Jesus Christ: Victim or Victor? Revisiting Galatians 3:13 in conversation with Karl Barth and Scripture,’ Communio Viatorum: A Theological Journal (LVII, 2015, III), 240-251.