School of Theology

Grounded in a 2000-year old Catholic intellectual tradition, the School of Theology supports the search for authenticity and for meaning that defines contemporary existence through high quality teaching and impactful research. The purpose of the School is to engage in a principled and critical exploration of the central tenets of the Catholic faith that is based in the revelation of God as love in the person and mission of Jesus. The School is committed to serving and deepening the intellectual and spiritual lives of students and staff, while simultaneously equipping them with the skills necessary to thrive according to their vocation.

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If you are curious about the origin, nature and future of religion in society, theology is for you. It’s for inquisitive and enquiring minds – those eager to probe the foundations of the Christian faith, the development of its central teachings and philosophies, and its relationship with the modern world.

You will be encouraged to explore the meaning of existence and living, and uncover the meaning of “faith seeking understanding”.

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Whatever your stage of life or career, we have a learning opportunity to suit. We offer short courses, certificate and bachelor opportunities, postgraduate coursework programs, professional and research degrees, international study tours, and a wide range of professional development and in-service opportunities.

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Staff profiles

Staff profile Robyn-Horner

Robyn Horner

Professor (Theology)

Professor Robyn Horner is a teaching and research academic within the School of Theology, and a member of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI). From 2010 until 2015, she held the position of Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

The aim of Professor Horner’s research is to find new ways of thinking about religious phenomena within contemporary Western contexts. She investigates this area both theoretically and practically, in collaboration with researchers in Belgium on the Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project. She is currently working on a monograph on revelation, and as part of the major project Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic.

Teaching and supervision

  • Enhancing Catholic identity
  • Theological re-contextualisation

Staff profile  Associate Professor Michael P Theophilos

Michael P. Theophilos

Associate Professor, Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages

Michael P. Theophilos' 35 publications to date include three sole-authored books, with two further volumes forthcoming.

He has been a Visiting Research Fellow of the Hebrew University (2006), Kenyon Archaeological Institute in Jerusalem (2009) and University of Cambridge (2012), as well as having regular invitations to conduct specialist seminars on numismatics, epigraphy and papyrology. Recent invitations include the University of Oxford (2016), University of Zurich (2017), Trinity College Dublin (2018), and Macquarie University (2020). His 117 (to date) peer-reviewed international conference presentations have been delivered throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Michael has been recipient of several prestigious national and international awards, including an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, for the adoption of innovative and exciting approaches to teaching biblical languages and history (2012), the Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP) Australian overall winner (2014), and most recently the recipient of the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship (2019).

He is the curator of papyrological materials at the Australian Institute of Archaeology and chair of the Program Unit in lexicography and numismatics at the Annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.


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Meet our school staff

Find out more about our School of Theology staff, read their profiles and research interests, and see their publication history.

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Patron Saint of the School

The spirit of St John Henry Newman inspires our work in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy to engage with and have a positive impact on the challenges of our contemporary world

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Annual lectures, talks and conferences

We host a range of events throughout the year, including annual public lectures, international conferences, workshops and research colloquia.

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Professional learning and consulting

Through our Xavier Centre for Theological Formation, we offer tailored professional learning, consulting and faith formation opportunities. 

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