Olli-Pekka Vainio


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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 50 academic articles, authored or co-authored nine books and edited or co-edited six volumes. His last finished research project dealt with the problem of religious disagreement from interdisciplinary perspective. At the moment he is writing a monograph study on cosmology from theological perspective.

Vainio is a Member of Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, where he was a resident scholar in 2008. 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: Scientific - peer-reviewBook

  2. Engaging Luther: a (New) Theological Assessment

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

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewAnthology or special issue

  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: E. J. Brill. 259 p. (Studies in medieval and Reformation traditions; no. vol. 130)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewBook

  4. On believing and acting fallibly

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

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  5. Postmoderni filosofia, kulttuuri ja kristillinen teologia

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

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewBook

  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: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

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Latest activities

  1. Sophia (Journal)

    Vainio, O. (Reviewer)
    Aug 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Eerdmans (Publisher)

    Vainio, O. (Reviewer)
    Jan 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  3. Res Philosophica (Journal)

    Vainio, O. (Reviewer)
    Dec 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer 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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