Dr Alastair Lockhart carries out research in religion and belief. He takes an historical and social-scientific approach to 20th century religious innovation, the psychology of religion, and the formation of systems of meaning.

Alastair’s historical case studies have included early British psychologists and psychotherapists, a global interwar millenarian healing movement called the Panacea Society, and topics in war and religion especially atomic bombs and nuclear weapons.

His work in the critical and conceptual study of the psychology of religion has related to theoretical aspects of the evolution of religion and new religious movements, and connected research in religion and belief.

Recent publications include a monograph, Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing, published by the State University of New York Press, and a chapter on Ronald Knox’s 1945 response to the atom bombs: ‘A Godless Apocalypse and the Atom Bombs’ inlcuded in the World Ending Ending Worlds volume, published by deGruyter.

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Alastair Lockhart is a member of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, where he is Senior Postgraduate Tutor and a College Lecturer.

He is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London, and a Quondam Fellow at Hughes Hall, a postgraduate college in the University of Cambridge, where he holds the post of Director of Studies for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion.

Alastair is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.

Previous posts include Research Associate, and Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge, and Associate Professor at the MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society.

Academic qualifications include:
BA (hons) Theology and Religious Studies, University of Cambridge;
MSc Computer Sciences, University of London;
MA Psychology of Religion, University of London;
PhD ‘Religion, Psychology, and Metaphysics in Interwar Britain’, University of Cambridge.

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