Prof. Scott CowdellAdjunct Research Professor, Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (PACT)

    Research Profile

    Scott Cowdell is the author of eight books and lead editor of the ‘Violence, Desire, and the Sacred’ series with Bloomsbury (New York & London). Since 2008 he has been engaging theologically with the work of René Girard, a leading theorist of violence, culture and religion. He is founding President of the Australian Girard Seminar.

    Teaching Profile

    Scott Cowdell combined undergraduate theological teaching with pastoral appointments in the Anglican Church of Australia for twenty years before coming to his present theological research position in 2007. He has taught across the range of systematic theology, at The University of Queensland (Brisbane), the Melbourne College of Divinity, Flinders University (Adelaide), and Charles Sturt University (Canberra). He is no longer teaching, and now pursues research and writing full-time.

    Selected Publications

    René Girard and the Nonviolent God (Notre Dame, IN.: The University of Notre Dame Press, 2018)

    René Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture and Crisis (Notre Dame, IN.: The University of Notre Dame Press, 2012)Abiding Faith:

    Christianity Beyond Certainty, Anxiety, and Violence (Eugene, OR.: Cascade, 2009; Lutterworth, UK: James Clark, 2010)

    The Ten Commandments and Ethics Today (Melbourne: Acorn, 2008)

    God’s Next Big Thing: Discovering the Future Church (Melbourne: John Garratt, 2004)

    Is Jesus Unique? A Study of Recent Christology (Theological Inquiries Series; Mahwah, NJ.: Paulist, 1996)

    Atheist Priest? Don Cupitt and Christianity (London: SCM, 1988)




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