Olli-Pekka Vainio


Olli-Pekka Vainio has served as Acting University Lecturer of Systematic Theology at the University of Helsinki since February 2014. Vainio's research is focused on following themes: 1) Contemporary Systematic and Philosophical Theology 2) Philosophy of Religion, 3) Social Epistemology, and 4) Theology of Reformation. In his doctoral dissertation, Justification and Participation in Christ: The Development of the Lutheran Doctrine of Justification from Luther to the Formula of Concord (2007), Vainio studied various interpretations of justification in Early Lutheranism. His habilitation Beyond Fideism: Negotiable Religious Identities (2010) focused on the recent discussion on theological method and religious identity. He has published over forty articles, authored or co-authored nine books and edited or co-edited six volumes. His current research project deals with the problem of religious disagreement from interdisciplinary perspective. Vainio was a visiting faculty member at the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford (2011-12) and a member in Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Unit (2008-13), which was one of the National Centres of Excellence in Research funded by the Academy of Finland.


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