Dr Martin Parsons

Theologian in Christianity

TAE Accreditations

  • Expert Witness


  • Christian and Islamic Theology and Christian-Muslim Relations PhD
  • Theology (first) BA
  • Geography (upper second) BSc
  • PGCE
  • FHEA
  • FRGS

Expert Witness Snapshot

Martin is the author of two major books, one on Christian and Islamic Theology, and one on Christian Public Theology. He was Research Ethics Project Leader at Anglia Ruskin University; a faculty member of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life supervising postgraduate research in association with the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa; Head of Research and Director of Studies at the international headquarters of an aid agency specialising in persecuted Christians. He is a member of Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research and also has particular expertise on Christian minorities in Islamic countries. He spent a number of years as an aid worker in Pakistan and Afghanistan and has also held senior leadership roles in education in both the UK and overseas. He has been instructed in more than 20 cases in both England and Scotland including Judicial Reviews (High Court and Court of Session); Employment Tribunal cases (statements of Christian belief); Asylum Tribunal appeals (likelihood of persecution etc.); Criminal (Magistrates and Crown Court) and County Court cases.

Involvement in leading case:

Rev Dr William Philip and 26 others v Lord Advocate [2021] CSOH 32 (Judicial Review of the Scottish government\'s closure of churches under covid regulations). In his judgement, Lord Braid affirmed and quoted at some length from Martin\'s expert witness statement.

Martin will provide a brief free initial assessment of areas he could comment on prior to a formal instruction.

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