Dr Ben Myers

BA(Hons) PhD

Director, Millis Institute
07 3347 7900

Research Interests

17th-century poetry
John Milton
George Herbert
History of Christian thought
Modern theology



The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism. Lexham, 2018.

Salvation in My Pocket: Fragments of Faith and Theology. Cascade, 2013.

Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams. T&T Clark, 2012.

Milton’s Theology of Freedom. Walter de Gruyter, 2006.

Articles and Chapters

“Exegetical Mysticism: Scripture, Paideia, and the Spiritual Senses,” in Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology, ed. Janice McRandal (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016), 1-14

“The Patristic Atonement Model,” Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics, edited by Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015), 71-88.

“The Cloister and the Barracks: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Formation of Christian Community,” Australian Army Chaplaincy Journal (Winter 2014), 43-50.

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” in Great Spiritual Leaders: Studies in Leadership for a Pluralist Society, ed. Seforosa Carroll and William W. Emilsen (Canberra: Barton Books, 2014)

“A Tale of Two Gardens: Augustine’s Narrative Interpretation of Romans 5,”in Apocalpytic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5–8, ed. Beverly Gaventa (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013)

“Pauline Apocalyptic and Political Nihilism: Jacob Taubes and Karl Barth,” in Barth in Conversation, ed. W. Travis McMaken and David W. Congdon (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014)

“Karl Barth’s Theology in Australia,” in Dogmatics after Barth: Facing Challenges in Church, Society, and the Academy, ed. Günter Thomas, R. H. Reeling Brouwer, and Bruce McCormack (Leipzig, 2012)

Several entries in The Milton Encyclopedia, ed. Thomas N. Corns (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012).

“Rights, Resistance and the Common Good: Calvin’s Political Theology,”Uniting Church Studies 17:1 (2011), 33-44

“‘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 (Leiden: Brill, 2011)

“Election, Trinity and the History of Jesus: Reading Barth with Rowan Williams,” in Trinitarian Theology after Barth, ed. Myk Habets (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011)

“The Basis of Union: A Manifesto for Evangelism,” ACCatalyst 5:5 (October 2011), 9-12

“Showing God” [sermon], in I Believe in God, ed. William Emilsen (Sydney: UTC Publications, 2011)

“The Aesthetics of Christian Mission,” Uniting Church Studies 17:2 (2011), 45-54

“‘In his own strange way’: Indigenous Australians and the Church’s Confession,” Uniting Church Studies 16:1 (2010), 39-48

“Theology 2.0: Blogging as Theological Discourse,” Cultural Encounters 6:1 (2010), 47-60

“Karl Barth and Contemporary Paganism: Toward a Theology without Nature,” Princeton Seminary Bulletin 30 (2009), 152-79

“Justice, Law, Forgiveness” [book review], St Mark’s Review 209 (2009), 86-92

“The Impossibility of the Secular: Double Prevenience in Karl Barth’s Ethics of Reconciliation,” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 27:1 (2009), 88-99

“Disruptive History: Rowan Williams on Heresy and Orthodoxy,” in On Rowan Williams: Critical Essays, ed. Matheson Russell (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2009), 47-67

“From Faithfulness to Faith in the Theology of Karl Barth,” in The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical, and Theological Studies, ed. Michael F. Bird and Preston M. Sprinkle (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2009), 291-308

“Milton and the Theology of Secular Politics,” The Turnbull Library Record 41 (2008), 37-49

“‘Following the Way Which Is Called Heresy’: Milton and the Heretical Imperative,” Journal of the History of Ideas 69:3 (2008), 375-93

“Faith as Self-Understanding: Towards a Post-Barthian Appreciation of Rudolf Bultmann,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 10:1 (2008), 21-35

(with Ross H. McKenzie) “Dialectical Critical Realism in Science and Theology: Quantum Physics and Karl Barth,” Science and Christian Belief20:1 (2008), 49-66

“The Stratification of Knowledge in the Thought of T. F. Torrance,” Scottish Journal of Theology 61:1 (2008), 1-15

“Karl Barth as Historian: Historical Method in the Göttingen Lectures on Calvin, Zwingli and Schleiermacher,” Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie23:1 (2007), 96-109

“The Difference Totality Makes: Reconsidering Pannenberg’s Eschatological Ontology,” Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 49:2 (2007), 141-55

“Alister McGrath’s Scientific Theology,” in Alister McGrath, The Order of Things: Explorations in Scientific Theology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), 1-20

“Predestination and Freedom in Milton’s Paradise Lost,” Scottish Journal of Theology 59:1 (2006), 64-80

“Prevenient Grace and Conversion in Paradise Lost,” Milton Quarterly 40:1 (2006), 22-39

Richard Leo

MEd, MA(Hist), BA, Dip Ed

Lecturer / History & Education

07 3347 7900

Research Interests

Australian History
European History
Comparative Religious History
Education in the Humanities
Comparative Religious Studies
Contemporary Geography


Leo, R (2018). Environmental Movement: Environmental Movement Since the 1960s. In Hoepper, B. et al. Senior Modern History for Queensland. Cambridge University Press, Sydney.
Leo, R (2018). Songs of Orientation: Cultural Liturgies, the History Classroom and the ‘Winter Christian’ of Discontent. In Luetz, J.M., Dowden, T., Norsworthy, B. (eds) Reimagining Christian Education: Cultivating Transformative Approaches. Springer Nature, Singapore.

Leo, R. (2009). Why BP shows us what climate change is about. The Christian Teachers Journal, 17(4), 4–7.
Leo, R. (2012, December). If it’s the end of the world as we know it, why do I feel fine? Looking for a place for faith in the ACARA History curriculum. Proceedings of the Colloquium at the Centre for the Study of Western Tradition, Campion College, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Leo, R. (2013). Midnight Oil’s progress apocalypse. Catapult Magazine: Backward Movement, 12(9). Retrieved from: https://www.catapultmagazine.com/backward-movement/article/midnight-oils-progress-apocalypse
Leo, R. (2019). Our future citizen ‘selfie’ is found in the humanities. Professional Educator: Where HASS thou gone (Special Edition). 1(20), 58-61.

Conference Proceedings
Leo, R. (2015, October). Wrestling for Control of the ‘selfie’: using education to project Charles Taylor’s ‘social imaginary’. Proceedings of the Belgrade International Conference on Education, Belgrade, Serbia.


Leo, R. (2014, January). Pope Urban II’s sacred violence: The scapegoat victimage mechanism in Urban’s call to crusade, November 1095. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the Australian Girard Seminar, Crisis and its Management: Leadership and Relationship in Organisations and Communities, ACU, Melbourne, VIC.

Leo, R. (2014, October). Speaking in stone: Continuity and change through Australia’s war memorials. Paper presented at HTAA National Conference: What is history? What History Should we be Teaching for the Future?, Brisbane Boys Grammar, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Leo, R. (2014, October). The curriculum sharing project 2015. Paper presented at HTAA National Conference: What is history? What History Should we be Teaching for the Future?, Brisbane Boys Grammar, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Leo, R. (2015, January). ‘Children of Sacrifice’: the ‘Founding Murder’ as a narrative of Australian national identity. Paper presented at the 5th Annual AGS Seminar, War, Apocalypse & Peace: in the light of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Leo, R. (2018, July). Scapegoating the ‘Frackman’ – Applying a Girardian perspective that explores a political theological response to environmentalist perspectives through a study of new environmental anti-fracking movements in Australia. Paper presented at the ANZATS Annual Conference, Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Simon Kennedy

BA (Hons) PhD

Lecturer in Intellectual History

07 3347 7950

Research Interests

Intellectual history
History of political thought
Legal history
Historical methodology
Political theory
Legal theory
Political theology
Church history


Journal Articles:
Saunders, Benjamin B. & Kennedy, Simon P. (2019). Popular Sovereignty, “the People”, and the Australian Constitution: A Historical Reassessment. Public Law Review, 30(1), 36–57
Kennedy, Simon P. (2019). Richard Hooker as Political Naturalist. The Historical Journal, 62(2), 331–348
Saunders, Benjamin B. & Kennedy, Simon P. (2018). Characterizing the Two Kingdoms and Assessing Their Relevance Today. Calvin Theological Journal, 53(1), 161–173
Kennedy, Simon P. Abraham Kuyper: Calvinist Anti-Revolutionary Politician and Political Thinker. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 61(1), 169–183
Kennedy, Simon P. Abraham Kuyper and his Political Thought: Calvinist and Pluralist. Reformed Theological Review, 72(2), 73–85

Selected blogs and other articles:
Kennedy, Simon (2019). Christian humility and the task of history: Recovering the legacy of Herbert Butterfield. ABC Religion & Ethics. https://www.abc.net.au/religion/christian-humility-and-the-task-of-history/10719982
Kennedy, Simon P. (2018). Awaiting the King: Developing a Christian Imagination. The Imaginative Conservative. https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/01/awaiting-the-king-augustine-kuyper-james-k-a-smith-simon-p-kennedy.html
Kennedy, Simon P. (2017). Covenant and Polity in the Thought of the Early Reformers. Ad Fontes: A journal of Protestant resourcement, 1(6), 1–2.
Mulherin Peter E. & Kennedy, Simon P. (2017). Archipelago or Landmass? Voluntary Associations, Civil Society and the Health of Liberal Democracy. POLICY, 33(2), 40–44
Kennedy, Simon (2016). Empty Pews. The Spectator Australia, 29, vi. https://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/10/empty-pews/
Kennedy, Simon P. (2016). Was there a Calvinist Resistance Theory?. Ad Fontes: A journal of Protestant resourcement, 1(3), 7–8.
Kennedy, Simon P. (2016). Liberalism’s Problem with Christianity. Quadrant, 60(10), 58–62
Kennedy, Simon P. (2016). Johannes Althusius, Neighbour Love, and the Origins of Society. Ad Fontes: A journal of Protestant resourcement, 1(2), 1–2.
Kennedy, Simon P. (2016). Did Christianity Invent the Individual: A Review. The Calvinist International. https://calvinistinternational.com/2016/01/07/did-christianity-invent-the-individual-a-review-of-inventing-the-individual-by-larry-siedentop/
Kennedy, Simon P. (2015). The Destruction of the Family. Quadrant, 59(10), 66–68

Alexander Naraniecki

PhD (Griffith) BA Hons (Griffith) CELTA





Naraniecki, A.2014. Returning to Karl Popper: a reassessment of his politics and philosophy, Brill: Amsterdam: London: New York: Melbourne.

Review of Book

Agassi, J. 2015. “The Unique in Popper’s contribution to Philosophy by Alexander Naraniecki”, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Sage Publications, April 5, pp. 1-11.

Refereed Articles

Naraniecki, A.2016, “Reappraising Popper’s Methodology for Artistic Research and Creative Production”, Culture and Dialogue. Brill. Vol. 4. No. 2.

Naraniecki, A. 2015, “L. E. J. Brouwer and Karl Popper: two perspectives on mathematics”,Cosmos and History. Vol. 11. No. 1, pp. 239-255.

Naraniecki, A. 2014. “Popper’s process philosophy: in the footsteps of Schelling”, in Cosmos and History, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 197-215.

Naraniecki, A. 2013.“Zubrzycki and Multicultural Governance in Australia”, Journal of Intercultural Studies. Taylor and Francis Publishing. Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp. 246-262.

Naraniecki, A. 2012. “Karl Popper, Jewish Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism”, The European Legacy: toward new paradigms. Routledge. Vol. 17, No. 5,  pp. 623-637.

Naraniecki, A. 2010. “Neo-Positivist or Neo-Kantian? Karl Popper and the Vienna Circle”, Philosophy, London: Cambridge University Press, Vol. 85, No. 334, pp. 511-530.


Naraniecki, A. 2009. “Logic and The Open Society: Revising the Place of Tarski’s Semantic Theory of Truth within Popper’s Political Philosophy”, in Z. Parusniková and R. Cohen eds., Rethinking Popper, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Springer, pp. 257-271.

Naraniecki, A. 2008. “Karl Popper, Alfred Tarski and Problems Concerning the Correspondence Theory of Truth”, in Anuarul Institutului deIstorie “George Bariț” din Cluj-Napoca, Series Humanistica, Vol. VI, pp. 193-207.

Working Papers

Naraniecki, A. 2012. “The Polish-Jewish Dialogue in Australia: the social consequences of historical misrecognition”, American Association of Polish Jewish Studies. New Views, pp. 1-20. Brandeis University. (http://www.aapjstudies.org/index.php?id=170)

Naraniecki, A. 2012. A guideline for empathetic dialogue between the Polish and Jewish Communities. 2012. Australian Institute of Polish Affairs and the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation. Deakin University.

Naraniecki, A.2011.‘Multicultural thought in Australia: The legacy of Jerzy Zubrzycki’, Citizenship and Globalisation Research Papers. Volume 2, Number 4, pp. 66-84. (http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/ccg/researchpapers.php)


2010:Popper Re-appraised: New Perspectives on Karl Popper’s Method and its Applications, PhD. Griffith University. 1‑339 pp.

2004:The Development and Consequences of Multiculturalism. BA (Hons) Griffith University. 1‑82 pp.