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Rhodri Thomas BA, MTh 

Lecturer in Religious Studies

E-mail: r.r.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk

I am responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of a number of undergraduate modules, both English and Welsh medium. 

BA in Biblical Studies  (Bangor University), 2007

MTh in New Testament (Bangor University), 2009

PhD in New Testament (University of Wales, Trinity St David), pending

From 2012-2016, I was in receipt of a research scholarship from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Under this scheme, I was able to undertake my doctoral research, as well as make a substantial contribution to UWTSD’s provision of Welsh medium tuition in the area of Religious Studies.

At the end of the academic year 2015/16, I was made a part-time lecturer in Religious Studies in the Faculty of Humanities & Performing Arts, UWTSD. 

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

British New Testament Society

I am heavily involved in undergraduate teaching and currently co-ordinate, or contribute to, the following modules:

  • Asian Religious Traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism & Sikhism (Level 4)/ Crefyddau’r Dwyrain: Hindŵaeth, Bwdhaeth a Sikhaeth (Lefel 4)
  • International Study Tour (Level 5/6)
  • Iddewiaeth (Lefel 5/6)
  • Crefydd, Drygioni a’r Diafol (Lefel 5/6)
  • Satan and His World of Darkness  (Level 6)
  • Dissertation (Level 6)

To date, my research has focused primarily on the relationship between religion and ecology. More particularly, I am in interested in the function and fate of Earth/non-human creation in Jewish and early Christian ‘apocalyptic’ texts, and the extent to which the Bible can be viewed as a useful resource for the formulation of a positive environmental ethic. 

My professional expertise lies in the following areas:

  • Jewish and early Christian ‘apocalyptic’ literature
  • Ecological hermeneutics
  • Eastern Religious Traditions
  • Religion in contemporary society and culture