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

    Research Profile

    He is the author of seven books exploring the interface between Christianity and contemporary Western society, and editor of two. His current research project is on the work of today’s premier theorist of violence, culture and religion, René Girard. He is currently working on the second of two books for the University of Notre Dame Press, Indiana, USA.

    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 fellowship 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 currently teaches mainly ecclesiology.

    Selected Publications

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

    with Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge (editors), Violence, Desire, and the Sacred: Girard’s Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines  (London & New York: Continuum,  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)

    with Muriel Porter (editors), Lost in Translation? Anglicans, Controversy and the Bible (Melbourne: DesBooks, 2004)
    A God For This World  (London & New York: Continuum, 2000)

    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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