Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, James gained his Oxford doctorate on the subject of constructing a contemporary metaphysics of the doctrine of the Trinity. After a period as Headmaster of the Jesuit St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow, he taught systematic theology at Heythrop College, University of London, where he was also Head of the Department of Christian Doctrine and Director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life. He has also been a theological consultant to the Bishops of England and Wales. After serving at the University of San Francisco as the Lo Schiavo Professor of Catholic Social Thought, he was appointed Master of Campion Hall in 2013. His recent writings include ‘Dignity, Person, Imago Trinitatis’, in Understanding Human Dignity (ed. Christopher McCrudden, 2013); and ‘For the Life of the World’ in The Second Vatican Council (ed. Gavin D’Costa and Emma Jane Harris, 2013).