Associate Professor Ben Myers

Associate Professor Ben Myers

Graduate Research School Director

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Ben oversees the higher degree research programs at Alphacrucis (Honours, MPhil, DMin, PhD). He has worked extensively in research and postgraduate supervision, and has been a research fellow at the University of Queensland, a lecturer at Charles Sturt University, and dean of liberal arts at Christian Heritage College. His international appointments have included visiting fellow at Fuller Theological Seminary and member in residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton. He is a Research Fellow of the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PaCT) at Charles Sturt University and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Queensland.

Ben has published widely in theology, literature, and the history of Christian thought. His current research focuses on poetry and theology in the 17th century, especially George Herbert and John Milton.

Qualifications

PhD (cum laude) (James Cook University)
Dissertation Title The Theology of Freedom in Milton’s Paradise Lost 2005

BA(Hons1) (James Cook University)
Dissertation Title Ontological Inquiry in Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable 2001

BA (Christian Heritage College, Brisbane) 2000

Current Research

Literature and theology

Seventeenth-century England

Modern theology

Early Christian thought

Book

  • 2018
    • Myers, B. (2018). The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism. Lexham Press: Bellingham (Korean translation, 2021).
  • 2012
    • Myers, B. (2012). Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams. T&T Clark: London.
  • 2006
    • Myers, B. (2006). Milton's Theology of Freedom. De Gruyter: Berlin.

Book Chapter

  • 2019
    • Myers, B. and Stephens, S. (2019). "The discipline of the eyes: patristic reflections on visual culture" In John Frederick (ed.), The HTML of Cruciform Love (pp. ). Pickwick Press: Eugene.
    • Myers, B. (2019). "‘Truth, Not Custom’: Joseph Ratzinger on Faith and Reason" In Tim Perry (ed.), The Theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant Appreciation (pp. ). Lexham Press: Bellingham.
  • 2016
    • Myers, B. (2016). "Exegetical Mysticism: Scripture, Paideia, and the Spiritual Senses" In Janice McRandal (Ed.), Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology (pp. 1-14). Fortress: Minneapolis.
  • 2015
    • Myers, B. (2015). "The Patristic Atonement Model" In Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders (Eds.), Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics (pp. 71-88). Zondervan: Grand Rapids.
  • 2014
    • Myers, B. (2014). "Dietrich Bonhoeffer" In Seforosa Carroll and William W. Emilsen (Eds.), Great Spiritual Leaders: Studies in Leadership for a Pluralist Society (pp. ). Barton Books: Canberra.
  • 2013
    • Myers, B. (2013). "Pauline Apocalyptic and Political Nihilism: Jacob Taubes and Karl Barth" In David W. Congdon (Ed.), Barth in Conversation (pp. ). Cascade: Eugene.
    • Myers, B. (2013). "A Tale of Two Gardens: Augustine’s Narrative Interpretation of Romans 5" In Beverly Gaventa (Ed.), in Apocalpytic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5-8 (pp. 39-58). Baylor University Press: Waco.
  • 2012
    • Myers, B. (2012). "Karl Barth’s Theology in Australia" In Günter Thomas and Bruce McCormack (Eds.), Dogmatics after Barth: Facing Challenges in Church, Society, and the Academy (pp. 53-66). Leipzig.
    • Myers, B. (2012). "Predestination" In Thomas Corns (Ed.), The Milton Encyclopedia (pp. ). Yale University Press: New Haven.
    • Myers, B. (2012). "Thomas Aquinas" In Thomas Corns (Ed.), The Milton Encyclopedia (pp. ). Yale University Press: New Haven.
    • Myers, B. (2012). "The Fall" In Thomas Corns (Ed.), The Milton Encyclopedia (pp. ). Yale University Press: New Haven.
  • 2011
    • Myers, B. (2011). "Election, Trinity and the History of Jesus: Reading Barth with Rowan Williams" In Myk Habets (Ed.), Trinitarian Theology After Barth (pp. ). Pickwick: Eugene.
    • Myers, B. (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 (pp. ). Brill: Leiden.
  • 2009
    • Myers, B. (2009). "From Faithfulness to Faith in the Theology of Karl Barth" In Michael F. Bird and Preston M. Sprinkle (Eds.), The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical and Theological Studies (pp. 291-308). Paternoster: Carlisle.
    • Myers, B. (2009). "Disruptive History: Rowan Williams on Heresy and Orthodoxy" In Matheson Russell (Ed.), On Rowan Williams: Critical Essays (pp. 47-67). Cascade: Eugene.
  • 2007
    • Myers, B. (2007). Hundreds of entries In Arnold, J. and Hay, J. (Eds.), The Bibliography of Australian Literature, Volume 3 (pp. 1-864). UQP: St Lucia.
  • 2006
    • Myers, B. (2006). "Alister McGrath’s Scientific Theology" In Alister E. McGrath (Ed.), The Order of Things: Explorations in Scientific Theology (pp. 1-20). Blackwell: Oxford.

Journal Article

  • 2021
    • Myers, B. (2021). "Does Theology Belong in the University? Schleiermacherian Reflections from an Australian Context". International Journal of Public Theology, (forthcoming).
    • Myers, B. (2021). "Affliction and Resignation in George Herbert: Reflections on Human Agency in a Global Pandemic". New Blackfriars, (forthcoming).
  • 2017
    • Myers, B. (2017). "Forty Years on the Way". Uniting Church Studies, 21.1 5-7.
  • 2014
    • Myers, B. (2014). "The Cloister and the Barracks: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Formation of Christian Community". Australian Army Chaplaincy Journal, Winter 2014 43-50.
  • 2012
    • Myers, B. (2012). "Librarianship as a Christian Vocation". ANZTLA eJournal, 9 147-58.
  • 2011
    • Myers, B. (2011). "The Aesthetics of Christian Mission". Uniting Church Studies, 17.
    • Myers, B. (2011). "Rights, Resistance and the Common Good: Calvin’s Political Theology". Uniting Church Studies, 17.
  • 2010
    • Myers, B. (2010). "Theology 2.0: Blogging as Theological Discourse". Cultural Encounters, 6:1 47-60.
    • Myers, B. (2010). "‘In his own strange way’: Indigenous Australians and the Church’s Confession". Uniting Church Studies, 16:1 39-48.
  • 2009
    • Myers, B. (2009). "Karl Barth and Contemporary Paganism". Princeton Seminary Bulletin, 30 152-79.
    • Myers, B. (2009). "The Impossibility of the Secular: Double Prevenience in Karl Barth's Ethics of Reconciliation". Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, 27.1 88-99.
  • 2008
    • Myers, B. (2008). "‘Following the Way Which Is Called Heresy’: Milton and the Heretical Imperative". Journal of the History of Ideas, 69.3 375-93.
    • Myers, B. (2008). "Faith as Self-Understanding: Towards a Post-Barthian Appreciation of Rudolf Bultmann". International Journal of Systematic Theology, 10.1 21-35.
    • Myers, B. (2008). "The Stratification of Knowledge in the Thought of T. F. Torrance". Scottish Journal of Theology, 61.1 1-15.
    • Myers, B. (2008). "Milton and the Theology of Secular Politics". The Turnbull Library Record, 41 37-49.
    • Myers, B. and McKenzie R. (2008). "Dialectical Critical Realism in Science and Theology". Science and Christian Belief, 20.1 49-66.
  • 2007
    • Myers, B. (2007). "The Difference Totality Makes: Reconsidering Pannenberg’s Eschatological Ontology". Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, 49.2 141-55.
    • Myers, B. (2007). "Karl Barth as Historian: Historical Method in the Göttingen Lectures on Calvin, Zwingli and Schleiermacher". Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie, 23.1 96-109.
  • 2006
    • Myers, B. (2006). "Predestination and Freedom in Milton’s Paradise Lost". Scottish Journal of Theology, 59.1 64-80.
    • Myers, B. (2006). "Prevenient Grace and Conversion in Paradise Lost". Milton Quarterly, 40.1 22-39.
  • 2005
    • Myers, B. (2005). "Milton’s Paradise Lost, Book 11". The Explicator, 64.1 14-17.
    • Myers, B. (2005). "Alister McGrath's Scientific Theology". Reformed Theological Review, 64.1 15-34.
  • 2003
    • Myers, B. (2003). "Bunyan’s Gospel: The Theological Role of Mr Ignorance in the Pilgrim’s Progress". Reformed Theological Review, 62.1 29-38.

Presentations

Academic Conference

  • 2021
    • "Theology and the university: queen of the sciences?" (2021), ANZATS Seminar, Alphacrucis College, Brisbane Campus and Online, 19 Mar 2021
    • "What's the Purpose of a Creed in a Pluralistic World?" (2021), St James Institute, Sydney, 21 Feb 2021
  • 2019
    • "Arguing with God: The Dialogue on Solitude in Paradise Lost, Book 8" (2019), International Milton Symposium, Strasbourg, France, 25 Jun 2019
    • "Grace and Human Agency in George Herbert" (2019), St James Institute, Sydney, Australia, 03 Jun 2019
  • 2018
    • "The Irony of Grace in Milton, Shakespeare, and Herbert" (2018), Tell it slant: a symposium on theology and the arts, Brisbane, 18 Jun 2018
    • "Two Visions of Education: Plato and Rousseau" (2018), Covenant College Founders Lecture, Canberra, Australia, 01 Jun 2018
    • "Sacrifice in the Poetry of George Herbert" (2018), ANZATS, Brisbane, Australia, 01 Jun 2018
    • "Francis Bacon, the Book of Genesis, and the Origins of the Scientific Method" (2018), Fuller Seminary Analytic Theology Seminar, Los Angeles, USA, 02 Apr 2018
  • 2017
    • "Biblical Proverbs in Western Culture" (2017), Institute for Spiritual Studies, Melbourne, 26 Nov 2017
    • "Theology in Marilynne Robinson's Gilead" (2017), Peace Talks, Paddington Anglican Church, Sydney, 25 Oct 2017
    • "William Blake: The Spirit of Christian Protest" (2017), Lecture on the Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Leichhardt Uniting Church, Sydney, 18 Oct 2017
  • 2016
    • Shakespeare and Christian Spirituality (2016), Institute for Spiritual Studies, Melbourne, 25 Nov 2016
    • "Sacrifice and Atonement in Origen" (2016), ANZATS Conference, Melbourne, 12 Jul 2016
  • 2015
    • "The Patristic Atonement Model" (2015), United Theological College Inaugural Lecture, Sydney, Australia, 02 Feb 2015
    • "Atonement and the Image of God" (2015), LA Theology Conference, Los Angeles, USA, 20 Jan 2015
  • 2014
    • "Scripture and the Culture of Desert Monasticism" (2014), Institute for Spiritual Studies, Melbourne, 10 Nov 2014
    • "The Discipline of the Eyes in Early Christian Thought" (2014), Ecclesia and Ethics Conference, Brisbane, 05 Jan 2014
  • 2013
    • “George Herbert’s God" (2013), Annual public lecture for the Oratory of the Good Shepherd, Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney, 10 Dec 2013
    • "God and Other Strangers" (2013), Institute for Spiritual Studies, Melbourne, 25 Nov 2013
    • Exegetical Mysticism: Wordless Prayer in Sarah Coakley (2013), Symposium on Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology, Melbourne, 26 Apr 2013
    • "God and Other Strangers: Rowan Williams in the Public Square" (2013), Commencement address for St Barnabas Theological College, Adelaide, 25 Jan 2013
  • 2012
    • "A Tale of Two Gardens: Augustine’s Narrative Interpretation of Romans" (2012), Keynote address at the St Paul and Apocalyptic conference, Princeton Theological Seminary, 19 May 2012
    • Librarianship as a Christian Vocation (2012), Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association Conference, Sydney, 06 Jan 2012
  • 2010
    • "Heaven in Ordinary: George Herbert's Poetics" (2010), American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, USA, 05 Nov 2010
  • 2009
    • "Karl Barth and Contemporary Paganism" (2009), Keynote for the Fourth Annual Karl Barth Conference, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, USA, 12 May 2009
  • 2008
    • "The Invention of Reason: Milton and Secular Politics" (2008), Founders Lecture at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, 19 Jun 2008

Scholarship Publications

Book

  • 2013
    • Myers, B. (2013). Salvation in My Pocket: Fragments of Faith and Theology. Eugene, OR: Cascade.

Popular Article

  • 2021
    • Myers, B. (2021). On the life, times, political theology and poetry of John Milton. Political Animals Podcast, . | External link
    • Myers, B. (2021). "I believe? Ben Myers on creeds in the contemporary world, Lent, and Bob Dylan". Soul Search, ABC Radio National, . | External link
  • 2018
    • Myers, B. (2018). Take and Read: Theology: An Annotated List of the Best New Titles. The Christian Century, .
    • Petersen, J. (2018). "What is the Apostles' Creed: An Interview with Ben Myers". Bible Gateway, .
  • 2017
    • Myers, B. (2017). Take and Read: Theology: An Annotated List of the Best New Titles. The Christian Century, .
  • 2016
    • Myers, B. (2016). "How God Is Revealed in Springfield". Church Times, .
  • 2015
    • Myers, B. (2015). Faith Gives Fullness to Reasoning. ABC Religion & Ethics, .
    • Myers, B. (2015). On Not Confusing Church and State. ABC Religion & Ethics, .
  • 2014
    • Myers, B. (2014). "Dylan’s Gospel". Radio National, .
  • 2013
    • Myers, B. (2013). "Loving Falstaff: Shakespeare and the Moral Vision of Comedy". ABC Religion & Ethics, .
    • Myers, B. (2013). The Cross and the Atonement. ABC Radio National program, .
    • Myers, B. (2013). "Reflected Glory: Imitation, Biography, and Moral Formation in Early Christian". ABC Religion & Ethics, .
  • 2012
    • Myers, B. (2012). Trampling Creation. ABC Religion & Ethics, .
    • Myers, B. (2012). The Problem with Rowan Williams. ABC Religion & Ethics, .
    • Myers, B. (2012). “Rowan Williams and the Politics of the Empty Church". ABC Religion & Ethics, .
    • Myers, B. (2012). Good Friday Breakfast. ABC Radio, .
  • 2011
    • Myers, B. (2011). "Showing God". I Believe in God, .

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • Howard, B., Imagination in the Theology of Rowan Williams (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Rosolen, G., Theological Geometry (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Thomas, P., Secular Christology and Humanism in the Commentaries of M. M. Thomas (Doctoral Thesis)

Completed Supervision

  • 2020
    • McKinlay, B., Rowan Williams’ theory of conflict, solidarity, and ecumenism (Doctoral Thesis), 2020
  • 2017
    • Green, R., Kenosis and Ascent: The Trajectory of the Self in the Thought of John Milbank and Rowan Williams (Doctoral Thesis), 2017
    • Wilcoxen, M., Morally Perfect Being Theology: A Doctrine of Divine Humility (Doctoral Thesis), 2017
    • Yu, J. I., Faith and Justification in Korean Reformed Theology (Doctoral Thesis), 2017
    • Iese, A., Edward Schillebeeckx in Dialogue with Pacific Contextual Theology (Masters Project/Thesis), 2017
  • 2016
    • Anderson, R., Metaphysics and Language in Contemporary Theology (Masters Project/Thesis), 2016
  • 2015
    • Palmer, D., Negotiating the Historic Episcopate: Christian Unity Discussions Between the Anglican and Non-Episcopal Communions, 1888–1938 (Doctoral Thesis), 2015
  • 2014
    • Wright, S., Dogmatic Aesthetics: A Theology of Beauty in Dialogue with Robert W. Jenson (Doctoral Thesis), 2014
    • McClean, B., Origen and Barth: Christological Exegesis of the Book of Exodus (Bachelors Honours Thesis), 2014
  • 2013
    • Rees, J., Difference, Doctrine, and Discourse: A Contribution to Feminist Systematic Theology (Doctoral Thesis), 2013
    • Kim, R., The Pastoral Dimension of the Doctrine of Predestination in John Calvin and Moïse Amyraut (Bachelors Honours Thesis), 2013
    • Lakshmanan, X., • Narrative and Ontology: Paul Ricoeur’s Hermeneutic Philosophy and Theological Method (Doctoral Thesis), 2013
  • 2009
    • Rees, J., Sarah Coakley and the Future of Feminist Theology (Bachelors Honours Thesis), 2009

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