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Austin Stevenson

Austin Stevenson

Office Phone: PhD Candidate in Christian Theology

Biography:

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Ph.D. Candidate, University of Cambridge (Supervisor: Andrew Davison)

Th.M. (Doctrinal Theology), Regent College, Vancouver (Supervisor: Hans Boersma, External Examiner: Markus Bockmuehl)

M.A. (Doctrinal Theology), Regent College, Vancouver

B.M. (Worship Arts), Colorado Christian University, Denver

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

The Consciousness of the Historical Jesus: A Thomistic Study

Research Interests

Thomas Aquinas, Christology, New Testament Studies, Patristic Theology, Hermeneutics, Historical Jesus, Theology & Metaphysics, Medieval Theology, Systematics, Christology of New Testament, Theological Hermeneutics, Literature and Theology, Doctrine of the Trinity, Beatific Vision, Cognitive Psychology, Biblical Hermeneutics, Philosophical Hermeneutics.


 

Teaching

Ridley Hall, Cambridge, UK. Undergraduate Courses

  • Introduction to Christian Doctrine. Course Lecturer. Part of the Common Awards BA in Theology, Ministry, and Mission validated by the University of Durham. Winter 2020. 

University of Cambridge, UK. Undergraduate Courses

  • B13: Religious Themes in Literature. Supervisions, Faculty of Divinity, Michaelmas 2018 – Easter 2019 (Primary lecturer: Professor Ian McFarland)

Faraday Institute for Science & Religion, Cambridge, UK. Undergraduate Modules

  • The Meaning of Creation in Christian Theology. Tutor. I developed and taught this one-week seminar-style module as part of a course on theology and science. Winter 2020.

Regent College, Vancouver BC. Graduate Courses

  • THEO 601: Theology I - God, Creation, Christ & Humanity.Teaching assistant for Professor Archie Spencer, Fall 2015 and Fall 2016. [My TA duties included grading essays and quizzes, admin., tutoring students, and occasionally leading seminars in Prof. Spencer’s absence]
  • THEO 602: Theology II – Salvation, Spirit, Church & Eschatology. Teaching assistant for Professor Archie Spencer, Spring 2016 and Spring 2017
  • THEO 608: History of Christian Doctrine. Teaching assistant for Professor Spencer, Spring ‘16
  • THEO 720: M.A. Seminar – The Doctrine of the Trinity. Teaching assistant for Professor Archie Spencer, Fall 2015
  • THEO 726: Th.M. Seminar – Theological Method (“The Analogy of Faith”). Teaching assistant for Professor Archie Spencer, Spring 2016

Non-Traditional Teaching Contexts. Adult Education

  • Public Lecture: “‘Who Cannot Die, Yet Cannot Choose But Die’: Engaging the Mystery of Christ for Holy Week.” St Alban’s Cathedral, 30 March 2020. (Upcoming)

  • Justice & Literature: Dante’s Divine Comedy. Hm Prison Whitemoor, UK. ‘Learning Together’ course. Discussion group leader, Spring 2019: cctl.cam.ac.uk/tlif/learning-together

  • Cambridge University Aquinas Reading Group. Since 2018 I have led the Aquinas reading group, fortnightly during term, as we’ve read through books 1-3 of the Summa Contra Gentiles.

  • Debate with Dr. Silvianne Aspray: “Can we know about God by reason?” Theology and philosophy study day at Harris Westminster Sixth Form, London, March 2018. (Faculty Recruitment)

  • Public Lecture: “Jesus: Mad, Bad, or God? N.T. Wright & Thomas Aquinas on Jesus’ Self-Understanding.” St John’s Vancouver, Adult Learning Program, January 2017. Chaired by J.I. Packer

 

Other Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor of Noesis, The Journal of the Graduate Society for Philosophical Theology & Systematics at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University (2018/19)
  • Leader of the Cambridge University Aquinas Reading Group (2018 - Present)
  • Graduate Student Representative: Christian Theology Subject Committee
  • Creating the indexes for Andrew Davison, Participation in God: A Study in Christian Doctrine and Metaphysics(Cambridge University Press, 2019).
  • Judging for Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Hoskyn Essay Prize for Theology (2018)
  • Research assistant to Professor Hans Boersma (2016 – 2017): I helped with research, editing giving feedback on chapters, and creating the indexes and bibliography for: 
    • Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church(Baker Academic, 2017). (indexes)
    • Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in the Christian Tradition(Eerdmans, 2018). (bibliography)

Conference Planning

  • Organizer of Reconciliation: SST Post-Graduate Conference, University of Cambridge. Conference Co-Convenor & Marketing Officer.
  • Organizer of New Trinitarian Ontologies conference, University of Cambridge. Conference Co-Convenor, Panel Chair, & Communications Officer. NewTrinitarianOntologies.com#mce_temp_url#

Collaborators

Key Publications

Articles

“The Self-Understanding of Jesus: A Metaphysical Reading of Historical Jesus Studies,” Scottish Journal of Theology 72 (2019): 291-307.

"The Eternal Generation of the Son: The Christological Significance for Origen and Nicaea." Crux 79 (Fall 2015): 13–22. (Download)

Book Reviews

Reading the Bible Theologically by Darren Sarisky (Cambridge: CUP, 2019),” International Journal of Systematic Theology (forthcoming).

Dual Citizens: Two Natures Christologies and the Jewish Jesus by Kayko Driedger Hesslein (London: Bloomsbury, 2015),” Reviews in Religion and Theology 26 (January 2019): 86–88. 

The Trinitarian Christology of St Thomas Aquinas by Dominic Legge, O.P. (Oxford: OUP, 2017)” Reviews in Religion and Theology 25 (July 2018): 526–28.

Professional Presentations & Essays

“Personal Identity and Hypostasis: The Christological Crisis of Personhood.” Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology, an international conference to be held at Ave Maria University in Florida, 7-8 February 2020.

“The Participatory Structure of Human Cognition: Creation and Aquinas’s Doctrine of Intelligible Species.” Aquinas on Creation and Nature, an international Thomistic symposium to be hosted by the Thomistic Institute, Angelicum, in Rome, 3-5 October 2019. 

[Invited] “The Self-Understanding of Jesus: A Theological Appraisal of Historical Jesus Studies.” Presented at the Cambridge New Testament Graduate Seminar, 8 May, 2019. 

“Christological Logic and the Scientia Christi: Aquinas and the Church Fathers on Matthew 24:36.” Presented at the Society for the Study of Theology (SST) annual conference, University of Warwick, UK, 8-10 April 2019.

“The Ignorance of Christ: Christological Logic and Patristic Interpretations of Mark 13:32.” Presented at the conference Identity and Tradition: Thomas Aquinas and the Church Fathers in Torún, Poland, 4-6 April 2019.

“Historiography, Metaphysics, and Historical Jesus Studies.” Presented at the 2018 Michaelmas seminar for Noesis: the Cambridge Graduate Society for Philosophical Theology & Systematics.

“Trinitarian Spirit-Christology in Thomas Aquinas: Biblical Hermeneutics and the munus triplex,” Noesis Review, 5 (2018). 71–78

“The Doctrine of Eternal Generation from Origen to Athanasius.” Presented at the 2016 Regent College Academic Symposium.

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