Ertegun Staff and Scholar Profiles

Frazer MacDiarmid

Nationality: 
New Zealand
Current course: 
MSt in Theology

Having been born, raised and educated in New Zealand, I was fortunate enough to study theology at Christ Church, Oxford, studying primarily under the tutelage of Prof. Mark Edwards. I gained First Class Honours and the Gibbs Prize for performance in Theology, as well as the Gibbs Extended Essay Prize for my paper on the Anglican reception of Hippolytus’ Refutation of All Heresies.

Although my course focuses on patristic studies, my interests span across many aspects of theology and beyond, and I endeavour to unite several disparate areas not usually treated in synopsis. Singing the daily services at Christ Church Cathedral in my duties as a choral scholar has prompted me to reflect on the way music affects and deepens worship. I am interested in pursuing this from the perspectives of a number of different disciplines, such as psychology and embodied cognition, sociology, theology and aesthetics, hopefully also achieving a fruitful conversation between the patristic and modern eras. I am also investigating how the work of René Girard may be used as an optic through which to view the early Church’s experience of ‘scapegoating’, both in the person of Christ and as a persecuted community.

Outside of theology I am a keen sportsman who particularly relishes a game of squash, a round of golf, or an orienteering run. I also adore the music of J. S. Bach, and the novels of Dostoyevsky.

The Ertegun Scholarship Programme is truly unparalleled, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to study with such wonderful resources, alongside such brilliant colleagues.