Dr Darren Sarisky
Senior Research Fellow
Religion and Theology
Areas of expertise: theological interpretation of Scripture; nature of Christian doctrine; ecclesiology
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9863-3401
Phone: +613 9230 8391
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
Dr Darren Sarisky is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. Prior to coming to Australian Catholic University, he was a Departmental Lecturer in Modern Theology at the University of Oxford. While in this role, he received a teaching excellence award for pioneering a new module for the Faculty of Theology and Religion called Key Themes in Systematic Theology. He has also been a Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. During this time, he served as the Co-director of the MPhil in Christian Theology and supervised the work of several research postgraduates.
Dr Sarisky’s primary area of research is theological interpretation of Scripture. In 2019, he published a book that explores the difference a faith commitment makes for the practice of interpreting the Bible: Reading the Bible Theologically (Cambridge University Press). He has also published several essays that explore different aspect of the broader subject. Some of these articles focus on modern figures and questions about reading the Bible in interfaith settings, while others deal with issues of interpretation as they manifested themselves in the earliest centuries of Christian theology. Dr Sarisky has recently published an edited volume called Theologies of Retrieval: An Exploration and Appraisal (T. & T. Clark, 2017), which investigates forms of theology that make frequent reference to classical texts from the Christian tradition when dealing with contemporary questions. At present, he is working on a project on theological genealogies of modernity, and he is beginning a new monograph on the doctrine of the church.
Dr Sarisky’s research has been supported by grants from the University of Oxford’s John Fell Fund, the Strategic Fund of Oxford’s Faculty of Theology and Religion, the Church of England, and most recently Australian Catholic University.
He currently serves on the steering committee for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture section of the Society of Biblical Literature (US) and has been on the executive committee for the Society for the Study of Theology (UK).
- 2019 Reading the Bible Theologically, Current Issues in Theology (Cambridge University Press).
- 2017 Theologies of Retrieval: An Exploration and Appraisal (T. & T. Clark).
- (2020) “Religious Commitment in Scriptural Reasoning: A Critical Engagement with Gavin D’Costa’s ‘Catholics Reading the Scripture of Other Religions,’” Modern Theology 36, 317-335.
- (2019) “Theological Reading of Non-scriptural Texts,” Scottish Journal of Theology 72, 385-397.
- (2019) “The Ontology of Scripture and the Ethics of Interpretation in the Theology of John Webster,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 21, 59-77
- (2017) “Tradition II: Thinking with Historical Texts—Reflections on Theologies of Retrieval,” in Theologies of Retrieval: An Exploration and Appraisal, Darren Sarisky (ed.), (T. & T. Clark), 193-209.
Appointments and affiliations
Associate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge (2016-present)
Associate of the Center for Theology and Modern European Thought, University of Oxford (2016-present)
- Visiting Scholar, Duke University Divinity School (2019)
- Current editor-in-chief of Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplement series, and editorial board member for the Journal of Theological Interpretation.
- Subject Editor of Historical Theology for Marginalia: A Review of Books in History, Theology & Religion, a partner publication of the Los Angeles Review of Books (2012-2017)
- Peer reviewer for such journals as Modern Theology and International Journal of Systematic Theology as well as for presses including Cambridge University Press and T. & T. Clark.
- 2021 “Hermeneutics and Transcendence: Toward a Synthesis,” Templeton Religion Trust,£48,025; Part of larger Widening Horizons in Philosophical Theology project.
- 2019-2021 “Theological Genealogies of Modernity,” John Fell Fund (University of Oxford) and Australian Catholic University, £3,257 plus $6,094 (AUS), Principle Investigators: Dr Darren Sarisky and Dr Pui Him Ip (Cambridge).
- 2017 "Interfaith Engagement and Ministerial Training: Scriptural Reasoning as a Test Case,” Common Awards Research Network Seedcorn Grants (Church of England), £1,900.