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, the history of political thought, and contemporary culture. He has been a fellow of the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton and a visiting scholar at Fuller Seminary.
Ben is a member of the Uniting Church’s national Working Group on Doctrine, and he discusses theology, books, and culture on his blog, Faith and Theology.
Theology and literature; early Christian thought; seventeenth-century English literature; Karl Barth; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; John Milton; contemporary theology.
Articles and Chapters
- “Exegetical Mysticism: Scripture, Paideia, and the Spiritual Senses,” in Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology, ed. Janice McRandal (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016), 1-14
- “The Patristic Atonement Model,” in Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics, edited by Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015), 71-88.
- “The Cloister and the Barracks: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Formation of Christian Community,” Australian Army Chaplaincy Journal (Winter 2014), 43-50.
- “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,” 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)
- “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
- “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
- “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
- “The Difference Totality Makes: Reconsidering Pannenberg’s Eschatological Ontology,” Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 49:2 (2007), 141-55
- “Karl Barth as Historian: Historical Method in the Göttingen Lectures on Calvin, Zwingli and Schleiermacher,” Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie 23:1 (2007), 96-109