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Applications for higher degree study and scholarships at ACU in Melbourne

Applications to the PhD and MPhil are now open for domestic and international Higher Degree Research candidates commencing in 2021 at ACU’s St. Patrick’s Campus in Fitzroy, Melbourne, ACU offers a range of prestigious scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships are available to both domestic and international research candidates looking to undertake a research course.

James Dunn – a fine New Testament scholar who will be greatly missed

James Dunn is a fine New Testament scholar who will be greatly missed. James is remembered for his desire and intention to encourage and educate all members of the Christian church to learn more of their faith. He did this with clarity and simplicity and he could impart the findings of his rigorous research. .

Book review – God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath, by Tom Wright

The church in earlier centuries endured pandemics or plagues, both with more frequency as well as having a more theological worldview.Tom Wright’s book directs us to such a biblical theological worldview. Wright argues that more than the question, “Why?”, the pandemic ought to drive us to “What?” What should we do? In Acts and the epistles, he shows examples of practical Christian love, in caring for the poor and needy, God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath, by Tom Wright (SPCK Publishing, 2020)

Book review – Preaching with an Accent: Biblical genres for Australian congregations

It is welcome and refreshing to read a book on preaching that addresses Australians. This multi-denominational book, with contributors who are Baptists, Presbyterians, from the Reformed Church as well as Anglicans, is published by Morling College, the Baptist College in Sydney. It is evangelical in approach but stimulating for any preacher. Preaching with an Accent: Biblical genres for Australian congregations, edited by Ian Hussey (Morling Press, 2019).

Report on the economic benefits of Theology

A big thank you to Professor Paul Oslington for this well-researched report on the economic benefits of theology. Economics is the language of public policy in Australia, and this project gathers evidence for the value of theological education and research and translates it into economic language and dollar values. It provides theological educators with fluency in this language in their dealings with governments. The project is funded by the Council of Deans of Theology, a grant from the Australian Research Theology Foundation, and by the University of Divinity, Christian Heritage College, Australian Catholic University, and BBI-TAITE. ..

American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) Virtual Conference March 19-21, 2021 paper proposals due by October 15

The American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) is delighted to announce its collaboration with the Graduate Theological Union’s (GTU) Sustainability Initiative in Berkeley, California, for its next Annual Conference, which will be a Virtual Conference held March 19-21, 2021. The deadline for submission of paper proposals and Program Participant Forms to individual unit chairs is October 15, 2020. Details at

Wesleyan Theological Society ‘Reading Scripture, Doing Thology proposals due by Oct 1, 2020

The 56th Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society will be held at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA on March 12-13, 2021. The theme for the meeting is: ‘Reading Scripture, Doing Thology: A Wesleyan Witness in Today’s World. The Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Joel B. Green, Paper proposals are due Oct 1, 2020. Details at

Aquinas Center conference on suffering, death, and hope for eternal life Proposals are due October 1, 2020

The Aquinas Center invites scholars and doctoral students to submit proposals for a 20-minute presentation on topics such as:  biblical and/or Thomistic eschatology; the meaning of suffering and/or death; death and resurrection; hope for eternal life; the virtue of hope in Aquinas; and other themes related to contemporary concerns insider and outside the Church.  Proposals may draw from across the wide range of the Catholic theological tradition with priority given to those engaging Thomas Aquinas and biblical theology. The conference will have a hybrid format, including both in-person and virtual components for speakers or attendees who may or may not be able to travel to the campus of Ave Maria University. Proposals should include a presentation title, 150-300-word abstract, a current C.V., and whether you expect to participate in the conference in an in-person or virtual mode. Proposals are due October 1, 2020; Notification of acceptance will be given by November 1, 2020.

The Goodness of Creation and Human Responsibility conference abstracts due by October 1

The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture announces The Goodness of Creation and Human Responsibility — a Faith + Culture Forum designed to address these important questions.
In conjunction with this conference, we invite submissions of abstracts on topics relevant to the conference’s theme.
To be considered, please submit a title, abstract (no longer than 250 words), and a CV to by Thursday, October 1, 2020. Details at

Sydney College of Divinity 2020 Annual Lecture by Zoom Dr Michael Jensen, Theological Anthropology and Epic, Comedy, and Tragedy

Dr Michael Jensen, Rector of St Marks Anglican Church Darling Point, and SCD Honorary Research Associate, will deliver the Annual Lecture on Wednesday,  21 October,  7.30 – 9 pm  via Zoom.

Topic:  What’s the Story? Theological Anthropology and Epic, Comedy, and Tragedy

The lecture will be followed by the launch of Michael’s latest book,  Theological Anthropologies and the Great Literary Genres.

Please see the attached flyer for more details.  RSVP for the Zoom link to

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