Murray Hogg (2011)

The Knowledge of God: John’s Gospel and Contemporary Epistemology

The Gospel of John is studied in order to determine its major epistemological themes. An examination of relevant themes in contemporary epistemology suggests this account is at least initially plausible. The Introduction provides a brief historical background to the study, emphasising two important developments in recent epistemology: the demise of epistemological foundationalism and the resurgence of socially mediated forms of knowledge… In part one the Johannine account of the knowledge of God is explored…Three epistemological themes are found to be of especial importance: the notion of epistemic virtue, the role of testimony in forming Christian belief, and the action of the Holy Spirit as epistemic agent…In part two an exploration is made of relevant themes in contemporary epistemology with the aim of determining whether the account of knowledge uncovered in part one is at least initially plausible…The thesis concludes that the account of the knowledge of God in John’s Gospel is at least initially plausible when considered against relevant themes in contemporary epistemology.

Supervisor: Dr Colin Kruse

John de Hoog (2011)

A Canonical reading of Psalm 119

Drawing on the perspectives of a canonical approach to the Hebrew Psalter, this thesis is a study of the place and canonical function of Psalm 119 within Book V of the Psalter. The heart of the analysis is an exhaustive study of the language Psalm 119 shares with other psalms and psalm groups in Book V of the Psalter. The thesis demonstrates that Psalm 119 serves to draw the readers’ attention to three aspects of a wise response to Yahweh’s redemption. The first aspect is the need for attention to, love for and obedience of Yahweh’s Torah. Second, it draws attention, through its relationship with Psalms 111-118, to the glorious character of the God who stands behind his Torah. As a consequence, attention to Torah is displayed as not a bleak conformity to abstractions but a pursuit of Yahweh himself. Third, Psalm 119 indirectly draws the readers’ attention to the importance of acknowledging the role of a Davidic king in responding to the challenges presented by the themes of Book V of the Psalter.
Supervisor: Dr Ted Woods

Janice Newham (2011)

Counter-Cultural and Popular: Crossway Baptist Church’s Ecclesiology and Culture in Its First Half Century

Crossway Baptist Church (formerly Blackburn Baptist, or ‘BBC’) began in 1954 in the orchards of eastern suburban Melbourne. After fifty years it had become a vibrant, contemporary ‘megachurch’ of 3500 attenders at different locations. Crossway’s story is told through the perspectives of ‘observant participants’ who have shaped the church and been shaped by it. The church’s ecclesiology and culture over its history is examined through the lenses of organizational culture theory, leadership style, core Baptist convictions, and spiritual worldview. The findings are consistent across these approaches… Church structure, leadership and governance, and worship have been ‘routinised’ for posterity. A minority ‘empiric’ undercurrent, born of both pragmatism and a reluctant realism, counters the prevailing ‘canonic-charismatic’ worldview.
Supervisors: Dr Jeff Pugh

Eng Hwa Cheng (2006)

Preaching the Gospel as Public Truth

Supervisor: Dr Brian Edgar

Andrew Lake (2003)

‘All Saints’, Jakarta, 1819 to 2002: from Mission Station to International Church

Supervisor: Dr Darrell Paproth

Ben Chenoweth (2002)

A Critique Of Two Recent Interpretations Of The Parable Of The Talents

After surveying more generally the interpretation of the parable of the Talents, William R. Herzog II and N.T. Wright’s interpretations are identified as requiring more specific examination… William R. Herzog II attempts to get behind Matthew’s interpretation to Jesus’ interpretation. He does this by comparing Jesus with Paulo Freire and an appeal to social-science reconstructions and the peasant environment of Jesus’ day… N.T. Wight, on the other hand, wants to examine the parable within the Gospel context. However, he has significantly re-interpreted that context… Both Herzog and Wright, therefore, can be legitimately criticized for arguing for an interpretation of the parable not intended by Matthew. We would require rather incontrovertible evidence to abandon the earliest understanding of the parable that we have and neither Herzog nor Wright provide this evidence.
Supervisor: Dr Greg Forbes

Peter Ormond (2002)

Practical Divines and Practical Divinity in the Elizabethian Church of England, 1559 to 1603

Supervisor: Dr Darrell Paproth

Lynden Broadstock (2001)

Creational Dynamics in the Human Journey From Adaptive Altruism to Christian Love: An Evolutionary Perspective on the Christian Understanding of Sin

Supervisor: Dr Brian Edgar

John Harris (2001)

A Theological Examination of the Alien Within the Laws of the Pentateuch

Supervisor: Dr Ted Woods

Philip Sinden (2000)

THE TRINITY AND THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST IN A PLURALISTIC WORLD: An Investigation of the Significance of the Doctrine of the Trinity in Understanding and Affirming the Biblical Doctrine of the Uniqueness of Christ in the Context of Religious Plurality.

Within the contemporary context, in which the Christian mission continues to confront an enormous plurality of religious beliefs and traditions, we may discern an increasing uneasiness – in some theological and missiological circles – with orthodox, traditionally held Christian doctrines, especially the doctrine of the uniqueness of Christ, and, along with it, the doctrines of the Incarnation and the Trinity. Some in our day have called for an urgent and radical revision of traditional theological models in the light of what is perceived to be a pressing need to formulate an adequate theology of world religions. Amongst a growing number of those who write from a Christian perspective, we may observe that some form of unitive pluralist theological model, which would seek to lay a satisfactory foundation for a synthesis of the religions, seems to have gained some ascendency. On examination, however, the unitive pluralist model fails to convince. Our search for an adequate approach to the question of the place of Christ among the religions leads us to examine the light thrown upon this issue by the New Testament; and we find that, in its treatment of the Christian mission to the pluralistic Mediterranean world of the first century, the New Testament maintains an unqualified insistence upon the uniqueness of Christ.
Supervisor: Dr Ian Hawley