Free Theses

March 27, 2010

The digital revolution trundles onwards. I have found EThOS rather poor to date. A few useful things there but some institutions are not cooperating readily and the backlog for digitization is lengthy which means that things happen slowly, or not at all.

Some British universities are setting up local digital archives and these will be worth watching.

The Edinburgh Research Archive has a few interesting doctoral theses online from the School of Divinity. The links below take you to a page where you can read the abstract and download a PDF if it tickles your fancy. The more interesting titles are:

Alan R. MacDonald, Ecclesiastical Politics in Scotland: 1586 – 1610

Michael A. Chandra, Ontological and value incommensuration: Marilyn McCord Adams on medieval and modern approaches to Theodicy

Hansang Lee, Trinitarian Theology and Piety: The Attributes of God in the Thought of Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) and William Perkins (1558-1602)

Hunter M. Bailey, Via Media Alia: Reconsidering the controversial doctrine of universal redemption in the theology of James Fraser of Brea (1639 – 1699)

Kin Yip Louie, The Theological Aesthetics of Jonathan Edwards

More will be added in time and you can sign up for email notifications.

Things are moving more slowly at DSpace at Cambridge but a taster is:

Gareth Atkins, Wilberforce and his milieux: the worlds of Anglican Evangelicalism, c.1780-1830

Nothing of note at the Oxford University Research Archive at this point in time.

Needless to say, anything really juicy will likely be embargoed but it is good to see theses made available to the research community without the hassle of inter-library loans, etc.


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