Publications List

[Correct as of 20 June 2016] 

Books

Hope in Barth’s Eschatology:  Interrogations and Transformations Beyond Tragedy (Aldershot/Burlington/Singapore/Sydney:  Ashgate, 2000).

(co-ed.) Conversing With Barth, edited by Mike A. Higton and John C. McDowell (Aldershot/Burlington/Singapore/Sydney:  Ashgate, 2004).

The Gospel According to Star Wars:  Faith, Hope and the Force (Louisville, Kentucky:  Westminster John Knox Press, 2007).

(ed.) Donald MacKinnon, Philosophy and the Burden of Theological Honesty:  A Donald MacKinnon Reader (London & New York:  Continuum T&T Clark, 2011).

The Politics of Big Fantasy:  Studies in Cultural Suspicion (Jefferson, NC:  McFarland Press, 2014).

(ed.) ‘Beyond Education’, Journal Special Issue Colloquium 47.2 (2015).

The Ideology of Identity Politics in George Lucas (Jefferson, NC:  McFarland Press, 2016).

(co-ed.) Correlating Sobernost:  Conversations Between Karl Barth and the Russian Orthodox Tradition, edited by John C. McDowell, Ashley Moyse, and Scott Kirkland (Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 2016).

(co-ed.) New Dictionary of Theology:  Historical and Systematic, 2nd edn., edited by Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Stephen R. Holmes, John C. McDowell, and  T.A. Noble (London and Downers Grove:  Inter-Varsity Press, 2016).

(co-ed.) Donald MacKinnon, The Church in Self-Dispossession, edited by John C. McDowell, Ashley Moyse, and Scott Kirkland (Fortress Press, forthcoming 2016). 

The Gospel According to Star Wars:  Faith, Hope and the Force, 2nd edn. (Louisville, Kentucky:  Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming 2017).

Eschatology, Guides to Theology (Grand Rapids, Mich.:  Eerdmans, forthcoming, 2017).

Book Chapters

  • With Mike Higton, ‘Introduction:  Barth, Conversationalist and Conversation Partner’, in Mike Higton and John C. McDowell (eds.), Conversing With Barth (Aldershot, et al:  Ashgate, 2004), 1-13.
  • ‘“Mend Your Speech a Little”:  Reading Karl Barth’s Das Nichtige Through Donald MacKinnon’s Tragic Vision’, in Mike Higton and John C. McDowell (eds.), Conversing With Barth (Aldershot, et al:  Ashgate, 2004), 142-172.
  • ‘Prayer, Particularity and the Subject of Divine Personhood:  Who are Brümmer and Barth Invoking When They Pray?’, in Myk Habets and Phillip Tolliday (eds.), Trinitarian Theology After Barth, Princeton Theological Monograph Series (Eugene Oregon:  Pickwick, 2011), 255-283.
  • ‘Donald MacKinnon:  Extraordinary Theologian of the Ordinary’, in John C. McDowell (ed.), Philosophy and the Burden of Theological Honesty:  A Donald MacKinnon Reader (New York and London:  Continuum T&T Clark, 2011), xii-xiv.
  • ‘“Unlearn What You Have Learned” [Yoda]:  The Critical Study of the Myth of Star Wars’, in Terry R. Ryan and Dan W. Clayton (eds.), Understanding Religion and Popular Culture (London:  Routledge, 2012), 104-117.
  • ‘Idolaters at Providential Prayer:  Calvin’s Praying Through Divine Governance’, in Myk Habets and Robert Grow (eds.), Evangelical Calvinism, Princeton Theological Monograph Series (Eugene Oregon:  Pickwick, 2012), 353-403.
  • ‘Silenus’ Wisdom and the “Crime of Being”:  The Problem of Hope in George Steiner’s Tragic Vision’, in Ricardo Gil Soeiro (ed.), The Wounds of Possibility:  Essays on George Steiner (The Northwestern Press, 2012), 353-403.
  • ‘From Sky-Walking to the Dark Knight of the Soul:  George Lucas’ Star Wars Turns to Tragic Drama’, in Doug Brode (ed.), A Star Wars Reader (Lanham:  Scarecrow Press, 2012), 65-82.
  • ‘The Ascent of Theological Reading:  Iconoclasm and the Divine Event of Making Readers’, in Joel Green and Tim Meadowcroft (eds.), Ears that Hear:  Explorations in Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Sheffield:  Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013), 94-113.
  • ‘National Treasures:  Joss Whedon’s Assembling of Exceptional Avengers’, Anthony R. Mills, John W. Morehead and J. Ryan Parker (eds.), Joss Whedon and Religion:  Essays on an Angry Atheist’s Explorations of the Sacred (Jefferson:  McFarland Press, 2013), 183-195.
  • ‘On Not Being Spirited Away:  Pneumatology and Critical Presence’, in Myk Hybets (ed.), Ecumenical Perspectives on the Filioque for the 21st Century (London, New Dehli, New York, Sydney:  Bloomsbury, 2014), 167-184.
  • ‘Theology and the Future of Theological Education’, in Trevor Cairney and David Starling (eds.), Theology and the Future:  Evangelical Assertions and Explorations (London, New Dehli, New York, Sydney:  Bloomsbury, 2014), 115-135.
  • With Ashley Moyse and Scott Kirkland, ‘Introduction:  Barth and Sobernost’, in Ashley Moyse, John C. McDowell and Scott Kirkland (eds.), Correlating Sobernost:  Conversations Between Karl Barth and the Russian Orthodox Tradition (Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 2016), xxiii-xl.
  • ‘One Person, Many Persons:  Adding Up the Personality Disorder in CD §§8-9’, in Ashley Moyse, John C. McDowell and Scott Kirkland (eds.), Correlating Sobernost:  Conversations Between Karl Barth and the Russian Orthodox Tradition (Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 2016), 135-162.
  • ‘Foreword’, in Stuart C. Weir, The Good Work of Non-Christians, Empowerment, and the New Creation (Eugene, Or:  Pickwick, 2016), ix-xiii.
  • ‘Donald MacKinnon and the Kenotic Word to Ecclesial Power’, in Donald MacKinnon, Church in Self-Dispossession, edited by John C. McDowell, Ashley Moyse, and Scott Kirkland (Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, forthcoming 2016).
  • ‘The Gratuity of Being-in-Act From, In, Through and After the Word:  Reflections on Post-Maury Barth’, in Simon Hattrell (ed.), Election, Barth, and the French Connection:  How Pierre Maury Gave a ‘Decisive Impetus’ to Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election (forthcoming, 2016).
  • ‘Script(ur)ing the Performance of Neighbourly Personhood:  Theology’s Transformative Reading with John Calvin’, in Myk Habets and Robert Grow (eds.), Evangelical Calvinism Volume 2, Princeton Theological Monograph Series (Eugene Oregon:  Pickwick, forthcoming 2016).

Articles

  • ‘Learning Where to Place One’s Hope:  The Eschatological Significance of Election in Barth’, Scottish Journal of Theology 53.3 (2000), 316-338.
  • ‘Silenus’ Wisdom and the “Crime of Being”:  The Problem of Hope in George Steiner’s Tragic Vision’, Literature and Theology 14 (2000), 385-411.
  • ‘A Response to Rodney Holder on Barth on Natural Theology’, Themelios, 27.2 (2002), 32-44.
  • ‘Enfleshing a Phantom Figure:  Timothy Gorringe’s Contextualised Barth’, Quodlibet Journal 4.2-3 (Summer 2002), www.quodlibet.net.
  • ‘Much Ado About Nothing:  Karl Barth’s Being Unable to Do Nothing About Nothingness’, International Journal of Systematic Theology 4.3 (2002), 319-335.
  • ‘Timothy Gorringe’s Contextualised Barth’, Evangelical Quarterly 74 (2002), 333-350.
  • ‘Theology as Conversational Event:  Karl Barth, the Ending of “Dialogue” and the Beginning of “Conversation”’, Modern Theology 19.4 (2003), 483-509.
  • ‘Karl Barth’s Having No-Thing to Hope For’, Journal of Christian Theological Research 10 (2006), 1-49.
  • ‘Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, and the Subjectivity of the Object of Christian Hope’, International Journal of Systematic Theology 8.1 (Jan 2006), 25-41.
  • ‘The Politics of a Mel-Placed Passion and Displaced Bodies’, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 15 (2007), http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/art15-melplaced.html.
  • ‘“Openness to the World”:  Karl Barth’s Evangelical Theology of Christ as the Pray-er’, Modern Theology 25.2 (2009).
  • ‘What Athens has to do with Jerusalem:  The Wisdom of Reason, the Publics of Theology’,  Pacifica, 22.2 (2009), 125-147.
  • ‘“Wars Not Make One Great”:  Redeeming the Star Wars Mythos from Redemptive Violence’, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 22.1 (2010), http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/art22(1)-WarsNotGreat.html.
  • ‘Dead Dogs, Darwin and the Design of the Divine’, St Marks Theological Journal 211.1 (2010), 9-34.
  • ‘Crossing Silence:  The Silences of the Word’, St Marks Theological Journal 215 (2011), 22-38.
  • ‘Feastings in God at Midnight:  Theology and the Globalised Present’, Pacifica 23 (2011), 299-321.
  • ‘The Unnaturalness of Natural Theology:  The Witness of Rodney Holder’s Barth’, Colloquium 44.2 (Nov. 2012), 243-255.
  • ‘Schooled in a Lifelong Education in Prayer’, St Marks Theological Journal 222.4 (Nov. 2012), 143-153.
  • ‘Power, Poesis and Politics’, St Marks Theological Journal 223.4 (Nov. 2013), 27-37.
  • ‘“Hospitality” at the End of Religion’, The Bonhoeffer Legacy:  Australasian Journal of Bonhoeffer Studies 1 (2013), 79-103.
  • ‘God at the End of Higher Education:  Raising the Telos of the University Higher’, Colloquium 47.2 (2015), 221-236.
  • ‘Editorial’, Colloquium 47.2 (2015), 174-179.

Dictionary Articles

  • ‘Karl Barth’, in New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (Leicester:  IVP, 2006).
  • ‘Rudolf Bultmann’, in New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (Leicester:  IVP, 2006).
  • ‘Hope’, in The Westminster Handbook to Karl Barth (Louisville:  Westminster John Knox Press, 2013), 108-9.
  • ‘Evil’, in The Westminster Handbook to Karl Barth (Louisville:  Westminster John Knox Press, 2013), 68-9.

Other Published Pieces

  • ‘For What May We Legitimately Hope?  Karl Barth’s “Theology of Hope”’, Whitefield Briefings 5.5 (July, 2000).
  • ‘To Choose Or Not to Choose, That is Not the Question’, Viewfield News (June, 2003).
  • ‘A Very Unpatriotic Patriotism’, Viewfield News (September, 2003).
  • ‘A Very Unnationalistic Patriotism, Or What the Flag Should Not Blind Us To’, The Witness (March 2004),  http://www.thewitness.org/agw/mcdowell031904.html.
  • ‘Trapped in the Flag?’, Third Way 27.5 (June 2004), 22-25.
  • ‘Feasting on God’s Unconsumable Gift’, Viewfield News (December, 2003).
  • ‘The Only Way to God?’, Letter to Life and Work (January, 2004), 38.
  • ‘Regarding Lenten Love’, Viewfield News (April, 2004).
  • ‘Criticism Response’, Letter to Life and Work (May, 2004), 41.
  • ‘A Full-Blooded Gospel’, Viewfield News (June, 2004).
  • ‘Behaving Like Children’, Viewfield News (November, 2004).
  • ‘Non-Trivial Christmas!’, Viewfield News (December, 2004)
  • ‘Easter Vigil’, Viewfield News (April, 2005).
  • ‘Wilderness Wanderings Back into the Slave-Warren’, Viewfield News (November, 2005).
  • ‘The Significance of Creation’, The Student (March, 2006).
  • ‘Pop-Culture, and Learning how to Live Through the Star Wars Mythology’, St. Filans Crozier (Nov. 2008).
  • ‘The Force is Strong with Star Wars’, Third Way 30.5 (2007), 22-25.
  • ‘Spotlight on Theological Education’, The Anglican Encounter (Mar. 2009), 7.
  • ‘Resistance is Futile?  Barmen 75 Years On’, Newcastle Herald (2009), http://www.freewebs.com/johnmcdowell/Publications/Short%20Papers/Barmen_Declaration.pdf.
  • ‘Retrained in Easter-Freedom’ The Anglican Encounter (Ap. 2009), 2.
  • ‘The Future of Theological Education’, CASE 26 (2011).
  • ‘Education Can Help Religious Intolerance’, Newcastle Herald (1 Sept. 2011), 11.
  • ‘Religious or Not, Education Helps’, Newcastle Herald (14 Sept. 2011), 12.
  • ‘Entertaining the Stranger in Polis, Ethos, Mythos:  “Hospitality”, Bonhoeffer and a Common Word at the End of Religion’, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Conference Proceedings (Nov. 2012).

Conference Presentations

  • ‘Imagining Life: A Response to Jenny Grounds’, War and Ecology Symposium, Trinity and Whitley Colleges, University of Divinity (Sept. 2015).
  • ‘Bound to Prayerful Hope: Karl Barth’s Resubjecting of the Subject of Prayer to the Practice of Grace’, Known By God Conference, Ridley College Melbourne (May 2015).
  • ‘God at the End of the University: Raising Up Higher Education’, Beyond Education Conference, Centre for Theology and Ministry, University of Divinity (March 2014).
  • ‘Consuming Conversation: Losing God from Higher Education’, God in Higher Education, University of Sydney (Nov. 2013).
  • ‘Power and Poiesis’, Constantine and the Church, St. Paul’s College, University of Sydney (Dec. 2012).
  • Keynote: ‘Entertaining the Stranger in Polis, Ethos, Mythos:  “Hospitality”, Bonhoeffer and a Common Word at the End of Religion’, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Conference, Central Coast (Nov. 2012).
  • ‘United in a Lifelong Education in Prayer: The Telos of Participating in Informed Prayer’, The Book of Common Prayer, Paul’s College, University of Sydney (Nov. 2011).
  • Keynote: ‘Theology and the Future of Education’, New College NSW Lectures, UNSW (Sept. 2011).
  • ‘Crossing Silence’, God and the Gods, St. Paul’s College, University of Sydney (Dec. 2010).
  • Keynote: ‘Theology and the Globalised Present:  Feastings in God at Midnight’, MCD/ANZATS, Melbourne (July 2010).
  • Keynote: ‘Dead Dogs, Darwin and Divine Action:  The Peace of the Creature that is to Be’, Darwin and Church, St. Paul’s College, University of Sydney (Nov 2009).
  • Keynote: ‘Prayer and Particularity:  Brümmer and Barth’, Trinitarian Theology After Barth, Auckland NZ (July 2009).
  • Keynote: ‘“Openness to the World”:  Karl Barth’s Evangelical Theology of Christ as the Pray-er’, The Karl Barth Society of N. America, The American Academy of Religion (Nov. 2007).
  • ‘Who Can Hope? Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, and the Subject of Christian Hope’, The Society for the Study of Theology (April 2005).
  • Keynote: ‘Who Can Hope?  Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, and the Subject of Christian Hope’, Scottish Karl Barth Symposium (March 2005).
  • ‘Crossing Silence Darkly’, The Society for the Study of Theology (2003).
  • ‘Midnight Feasting: Hope and the Deglobalising of Theology’, Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge (July 2001).

Public Lectures & Seminars

  • ‘Silencing the Theologian: On Not Violating God’s Silence’, Whitley College, University of Divinity (Oct. 2015).
  • ‘Enscripturing the Performance of Neighbourly Personhood: Theology’s Transformative Reading’, Ridley College Melbourne (Aug. 2015).
  • ‘Education at the C21st University’, Newcastle Ecumenical Clergy Group (Aug 2014).
  • ‘Whose A-Theism? Reanimating Suspicion over the Modern Prometheus’, Catholic and Anglican Clergy Study Day (Aug 2013).
  • ‘Consuming “New Atheism” for Lent’, Catholic and Anglican Clergy Study Day (Aug 2013).
  • ‘The Theological State of Education’, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Murdoch University (Aug 2012).
  • ‘Unlearning What We Have Learned: The Gift of a Living Ministry’ Newcastle Anglican Clergy Conference (Nov 2010).
  • ‘Would God Hide His Face? The End of Religion in the West?’, Islamic Sciences and Research Academy Australia Sydney (June 2010).
  • ‘Does God Have a Future? Darwinism and the Design of Divinity’, Morpeth Lecture (May 2010).
  • ‘Theological Wisdom’, Newcastle Anglican Synod (Oct 2009).
  • ‘A Properly Theological Education’, Newcastle Anglican Clergy Conference (Oct 2009).
  • ‘Politics of Personhood: Karl Barth’s CD1 §§8-9 as Case Study’, University of Newcastle NSW (Sept 2009).
  • ‘The Ministry of the “Local” Theologian: Reflections on the Particular Excellence of Christian Performance’, Anglican Bishop’s Diploma Graduation Lecture (Aug 2009).
  • ‘One Person, Many Persons? Adding Up the Personality Disorder in Karl Barth’s CD1 §§8-9’, Sydney Theological Fellowship (Aug 2009).
  • ‘Theologising for the Health of the Body’, Newcastle Anglican Clergy Conference (Feb 2009).
  • ‘What Athens has to do with Jerusalem: The Wisdom of Reason, the Publics of Theology’, University of Newcastle NSW (June 2008).
  • ‘“Image is Everything”: A Holy Captivated Imagination’ University of Dundee (May 2007).
  • ‘How Does God Guide Us?’, Alpha, University of Edinburgh (Feb. 2005).
  • Midnight Feasting: Hope and the Deglobalising of Theology, University of Andrews (May 2001).
  • ‘Silenus’ Wisdom and the “Crime of Being”: the Problem of Hope in George Steiner’s Tragic Vision’, Whitefield Institute Oxford (June 2000).
  • ‘Faintly Detecting Barth’s ‘Edgarian’ Voice Through Listening to Donald MacKinnon’, University of Edinburgh (March 2000).
  • ‘Theology in a Bible College at the Turn of the Millennium’, International Christian College Glasgow (May 1999).
  • ‘Silenus’ Wisdom and the “Crime of Being”: the Problem of Hope in George Steiner’s Tragic Vision’, Trinity College Dublin (April 1999).
  • ‘Morality’s Coming of Age: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)’, Monkfield College (October 1998).
  • ‘The Death of Morality: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)’, Monkfield College (October 1998).
  • ‘Don Cupitt’s Postmodern Ethical Self-Creativity’, Monkfield College (November 1998).
  • ‘Loving Without a Place to lay one’s Head: Introducing Theological Ethics’, Monkfield College (November 1998).
  • ‘Thomas Aquinas and the Naturally Ethical Alliance of Theology and Philosophy’, Monkfield College (November 1998).
  • ‘The Strange New World of the Human Agent: The Ethics of Karl Barth (1881-1968)’, Monkfield College (December 1998).
  • ‘“Karl Barth, you stand here accused of treason and incitement to oppression. How do you plead?”  Exhibit ‘A’ for the Defence – Church Dogmatics2’, Whitefield Institute Oxford (Oct. 1995).
  • ‘Christ the Victor?’, Theological Fellowship, University of Cambridge (March 1996).

Book Reviews

From 2000, the book reviews have been too numerous to list:  they have been published in

  • Modern Theology
  • Scottish Journal of Theology
  • International Journal of Systematic Theology
  • Heythrop Journal
  • International Journal of Public Theology
  • Reviews in Religion and Theology
  • Theology
  • Expository Times
  • Pacifica
  • Evangelical Quarterly
  • Themelios
  • Colloquium
  • Pacific Journal of Baptist Research
  • CASE
  • Anglican Encounter

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