Olli-Pekka Vainio


Further information on the affiliationYliopistonlehtori / University Lecturer

Curriculum Vitae

Olli-Pekka Vainio is University Lecturer of Systematic Theology at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology. 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 (Brill, 2007), Vainio studied various interpretations of justification in Early Lutheranism. His habilitation Beyond Fideism: Negotiable Religious Identities (Ashgate, 2010) focused on the recent discussion on theological method and religious identity. He has published over 60 academic articles, authored or co-authored overt ten books and edited or co-edited seven volumes. 

Vainio is a Member of Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, where he was a resident scholar in 2008 adn 2016-2017. The latter visit was enabled by NASA research project on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology. He was a visiting faculty member at the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford (2011-2012) 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.

Highlighted publications

  1. Beyond Fideism: Negotiable Religious Identities

    Vainio, O-P., 2010, Burlington: Ashgate. 196 p. (Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology; no. 13)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  2. Engaging Luther: a (New) Theological Assessment

    Vainio, O-P. (ed.), 2010, Eugene, OR: Cascade Publication. 256 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  3. Justification and participation in Christ: the development of the Lutheran doctrine of justification from Luther to the Formula of concord (1580)

    Vainio, O-P., 2008, Leiden: Brill . 259 p. (Studies in medieval and Reformation traditions; no. vol. 130)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  4. On believing and acting fallibly

    Vainio, O-P., 2010, In : Studia Theologica. 64, 1, p. 97-109 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  5. Postmoderni filosofia, kulttuuri ja kristillinen teologia

    Vainio, O-P., 2013, Helsinki: Suomalainen teologinen kirjallisuusseura. 230 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  6. Understanding Religious Disagreements

    Vainio, O-P., 2014, Theology in Service to the Church: Global and Ecumenical Perspectives. Cole Jr., A. H. (ed.). Eugene, OR: Cascade Publication, p. 38-58 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Sophia (Journal)

    Olli-Pekka Vainio (Reviewer)
    Aug 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Artificial Intelligence as an Image of God?

    Olli-Pekka Vainio (Speaker)
    6 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  3. Eerdmans (Publisher)

    Olli-Pekka Vainio (Reviewer)
    Jan 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

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Latest prizes

  1. 10 Best New Books in Ethics

    Olli-Pekka Vainio (Recipient), 10 May 2017

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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