BA (Hons), PhD
Lecturer in Systematic Theology
Phone: 0412 442 703
Before coming to UTC, Ben was a research fellow in intellectual history at the University of Queensland. His teaching and research focus on systematic theology, but he also has wide interests in literature, political thought, and contemporary culture. He has been a fellow of the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, a visiting scholar at Fuller Seminary, and is an Honorary Research Advisor to the University of Queensland’s Centre for the History of European Discourses.
Ben is a regular lay preacher and a leader of numerous seminars, workshops and retreats around the country. He is also a member of the Uniting Church’s national Working Group on Doctrine, and he discusses theology, books, and culture on his theology blog, Faith and Theology.
St Augustine; Psalmody in Christian history; Karl Barth; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Rowan Williams; Seventeenth-century English poetry; theology and contemporary culture.
Salvation in My Pocket: Fragments of Faith and Theology. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013.
(Edited with Janice Rees) Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, forthcoming.
Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams. London: T&T Clark, 2012.
Milton’s Theology of Freedom. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2006.
“Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” in Great Spiritual Leaders: Studies in Leadership for a Pluralist Society, ed. Seforosa Carroll and William W. Emilsen (Canberra: Barton Books, 2014)
“A Tale of Two Gardens: Augustine’s Narrative Interpretation of Romans 5,” in Apocalyptic Paul, ed. Beverly Gaventa (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013)
“Pauline Apocalyptic and Political Nihilism: Jacob Taubes and Karl Barth,” forthcoming in Barth in Conversation, ed. David W. Congdon (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013)
“Karl Barth’s Theology in Australia,” in Dogmatics after Barth: Facing Challenges in Church, Society, and the Academy, ed. Günter Thomas, R. H. Reeling Brouwer, and Bruce McCormack (Leipzig, 2012)
“Election, Trinity and the History of Jesus: Reading Barth with Rowan Williams,” in Trinitarian Theology after Barth, ed. Myk Habets (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011)
“‘Through him all things were made’: Creation, Redemption, Election,” in Ernst Conradie (ed.), Creation and Salvation: Dialogue on Abraham Kuyper’s Legacy for Contemporary Ecotheology (Leiden: Brill, 2011)
“Showing God” [sermon], in I Believe in God, ed. William Emilsen (Sydney: UTC Publications, 2011)
“Disruptive History: Rowan Williams on Heresy and Orthodoxy,” in On Rowan Williams: Critical Essays, ed. Matheson Russell (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2009), 47-67
“From Faithfulness to Faith in the Theology of Karl Barth,” in The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical and Theological Studies, ed. Michael F. Bird and Preston M. Sprinkle (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2009), 291-308
“The Aesthetics of Christian Mission,” Uniting Church Studies 17 (2011)
“Rights, Resistance and the Common Good: Calvin’s Political Theology,” Uniting Church Studies 17 (2011)
“Theology 2.0: Blogging as Theological Discourse,” Cultural Encounters 6:1 (2010), 47-60
“‘In his own strange way’: Indigenous Australians and the Church’s Confession,” Uniting Church Studies 16:1 (2010), 39-48
“The Impossibility of the Secular: Double Prevenience in Karl Barth’s Ethics of Reconciliation,” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology (2009)
“Milton and the Theology of Secular Politics,” The Turnbull Library Record 41 (2008), 37-49
“‘Following the Way Which Is Called Heresy’: Milton and the Heretical Imperative,” Journal of the History of Ideas 69:3 (2008), 375-93
“Faith as Self-Understanding: Towards a Post-Barthian Appreciation of Rudolf Bultmann,”International Journal of Systematic Theology 10:1 (2008), 21-35
(With Ross H. McKenzie) “Dialectical Critical Realism in Science and Theology: Quantum Physics and Karl Barth,” Science and Christian Belief 20:1 (2008), 49-66
“The Stratification of Knowledge in the Thought of T. F. Torrance,” Scottish Journal of Theology 61:1 (2008), 1-15
“Karl Barth as Historian: Historical Method in the Göttingen Lectures on Calvin, Zwingli and Schleiermacher,” Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie 23:1 (2007), 96-109
“The Difference Totality Makes: Reconsidering Pannenberg’s Eschatological Ontology,” Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 49:2 (2007), 141-55