All items relating to the Department can be found under Theology and Religion*. They are also listed under their sub-discipline.

The Department is home to programmes in Theology and Religion and two research centres, the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, and the Centre for the Study of Islam and Muslim Cultures.

The Department has a strong record of research. It was the highest ranked department in Theology and Religious Studies in New Zealand, and the third highest across departments in all disciplines, in the most recent assessment of research quality in New Zealand.

Collections in Department of Theology and Religion

Recent Deposits

  • Life-Prolonging Medical Care and Religiosity at the End of Life. 

    Jones, Holly Miller
    Studies from around the world indicate that highly religious people request and receive more aggressive end-of-life medical care than their less religious counterparts. Research suggests that patients who express strong ...
  • Answering the call: Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire ministry in light of the New Evangelization 

    Holmes, Martin George
    This thesis explores the theology and ministry of Bishop Robert Barron, a prominent American Catholic evangelist. Specifically, it analyzes the purpose, content, and success of his evangelization program in light of the ...
  • The role of scripture in the theology of Jürgen Moltmann 

    Coombe, Cameron Daniel
    The sum total of dissertations engaging Jürgen Moltmann’s work—numbering over 400—is testament to both his widespread appeal and the controversy of his claims. But while Moltmann’s interlocutors provide significant comment ...
  • Kreuzigung und Sexuelle Gewalt 

    Tombs, David
    This article draws on Latin American liberation hermeneutics to read the New Testament narratives of crucifixion in light of Latin American torture reports. The torture practices used by authoritarian regimes in Latin ...
  • Contronymic secularism: The constitutional politics of religion in Fiji 

    White, Thomas Arthur John
    In 2012, Fiji’s military regime declared secularism as an official policy for Fiji’s new constitution, and the key to securing inter-religious tolerance and an inclusive public space for Indigenous (iTaukei) Fijian Christians ...
  • A translation of the sri-sri-ramakrisna-kathamrita with explanatory notes and critical introduction 

    McLean, Malcolm
    This thesis contains the translation of the five volumes of the śri-śri-rȃmakrisna-kathȃmrita. It is preceded by a critical introduction which claims that in the teaching contained in the work Ramakrishna was attempting ...
  • Mapping Hinduism: 'Hinduism' and the study of Indian religions. 1600-1776 

    Sweetman, Will
    The process by which Hinduism came to be constituted as an object of European study is often taken to be the most egregious example of the invention of a religion through the reification of disparate traditions of belief ...
  • Co-partakers of the Promise: Israel and the Gentiles in Ephesians 

    Hudson, Benjamin T.
    This thesis describes how the epistle to the Ephesians portrays the relationship of Jewish and gentile Christ-believers to each other and to Israel. The question of ‘the church and Israel’ is of perennial interest to ...
  • Lift up your guts: A liturgical anthropology in conversation with Schmemann and Calvin 

    Bezett, Gareth
    Does the Church’s traditional teaching on the Eucharist require that humans have a metaphysically distinct soul? This thesis tests the validity of theological anthropologies that reject ontological dualism and emphasise ...
  • Confronting the Stigma of Naming Jesus as a Victim of Sexual Violence 

    Tombs, David
    Pastor Skosana’s sermon in 2010 in the township of Khayelitsha outside Stellenbosch on the theme that ‘Jesus was HIV-positive’ attracted worldwide attention. Part 1 of the chapter discusses the controversy around the sermon ...
  • Crucificação e abuso sexual 

    Tombs, David
    Este artigo recorre à hermenêutica da libertação latino-americana para ler as narrativas dos evangelhos sobre a crucificação à luz dos relatos de tortura na América Latina. As práticas de tortura empregadas por regimes ...
  • Crucifixion et abus sexuel 

    Tombs, David
    Cet article s’appuie sur l’herméneutique des mouvements de Libération en Amérique Latine pour proposer une lecture des évangiles à la lumière des rapports sur les tortures en Amérique Latine. La pratique de la torture par ...
  • Crucifixión y abuso sexual 

    Tombs, David
    Este artículo se basa en la hermenéutica de la Liberación latinoamericana para realizar una lectura de las narraciones evangélicas de la crucifixión a la luz de los informes de tortura en América Latina. Las prácticas de ...
  • Crucifixion and Sexual Abuse 

    Tombs, David
    This article draws on Latin American liberation hermeneutics to read the Gospel narratives of crucifixion in light of Latin American torture reports. The torture practices used by authoritarian regimes in Latin America in ...
  • The Absent Vedas 

    Sweetman, Will
    The Vedas were first described by a European author in a text dating from the 1580s, which was subsequently copied by other authors and appeared in translation in most of the major European languages in the course of the ...
  • 'Where Christ Speaks': Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Bibliology and Exegesis 

    Banman, Joel Ryan
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writings include a significant amount of biblical interpretation, but his potential contributions in the fields of biblical studies and theological exegesis of Scripture have not been sufficiently ...
  • Christ, Salvation and Eschatology from Colossians: Developing a Response to Melanesian Concept of Gutpela Sindaun 

    Mombi, George
    In this thesis I explored the Melanesian concept of “good life” or gutpela sindaun in PNG Pidgin. Gutpela sindaun or gutpela laip is a life of spiritual and material wholeness, which is regarded as immediately available. ...
  • John 18:28–19:22 and the paradox of judgement 

    Wassell, Blake
    Why does the Johannine Pilate refuse to rewrite his inscription on Jesus’ cross? And why had the chief priests demanded “he himself said, I am King of the Ἰουδαῖοι” over “King of the Ἰουδαῖοι” in the first place? Thus John ...
  • To Put a New Face on the Matter: The Parables of Jesus in their Gospel Contexts 

    Porter, Phillip
    The application of form criticism to the study of the NT Gospels in the twentieth century led to parable scholarship generally giving little interpretive weight to the parables’ immediate narrative contexts and Gospel ...
  • How Theology Shapes Practice in Faith-Based Organisations Supporting Families in New Zealand 

    Dobbs, Peter John Eric
    The biblical imperatives for Christians to love their neighbour (Matt 22:39; Mark 12:31), care for widows and orphans (Jam 1:27), seek the good of the communities in which they are located (Jer 29:7), and respond to the ...

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