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Centre for the History of Christian Thought and Experience

Postgraduate Seminars

CTE Postgraduate Seminars

First Session 2016

Venue: Building W6A Room 308 (Ancient History Documentary Research Centre)
Schedule: Thursdays as advertised 6-8pm

Joel Harrison - 28 April

'Secular Reason and Theological Imagination: Arguments for the Church and Public Life' 

Dr Joel Harrison is a lecturer at Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University. He was previously an Associate in Law (post-doctoral fellow and lecturer) at Columbia Law School, New York.  He holds degrees from the University of Auckland and the University of Oxford.  His research concerns constitutional law, religious liberty, human rights, and law and theology. He is the author with (with Patrick Parkinson) of 'Freedom beyond the Commons: Managing the Tensions between Faith and Equality in a Multicultural Society' (2014) 40 Monash University Law Review 413

2 June - Rory Shiner

1. 'On writing the biography of Donald Robinson' and 2. 'Donald Robinson and the response of Sydney Anglicans to neo-pentecostalism in the 1970s and 1980s'.

Rory Shiner is writing a doctoral thesis on the theology of Donald W. B. Robinson, Deputy Principal of Moore College and Archbishop of Sydney. His books include, One Forever, which is on Union with Christ, and Raised forever : Jesus' resurrection and ours, both published by Matthias Media, is a study of Paul's theology of being 'in Christ'. For an exceptional apologetic defence of belief in God, see his address published by the Bible Society at Rory pastors two University-based congregations of St Matthew's, Unichurch and Unichurch International, at Shenton Park in Perth.


30 June - Mark Elliott

'Theological Anthropology and biblical exegesis in Evangelical and Orthodox Theology'

‌Dr Mark Elliott is Reader in Church History at St Andrews University in Scotland and teaches in the areas of Early and Medieval Church, pre-Enlightenment Theology, Christian life and thought since Reformation times, the theology of biblical exegesis, and the history of biblical hermeneutics.

His research 'looks to combine the wisdom of pre-modern and modern exegesis, as well as approaching modern Christian doctrine from the tradition of the church's biblical theology'. His many publications include:  'Exegetical Genres in the Patristic Period' and 'The Bible In Protestantism from 1750', in The New Cambridge History of the Bible (Cambridge: CUP, 2013), and 'What it means to be human from an Evangelical point of view', in Tim Grass, Jenny Rolph, Paul Rolph, Ioan Sauca (eds.), Building Bridges: Between the Orthodox & Evangelical Traditions (Geneva: WCC, 2012.)