The University of Newcastle’s theology discipline is set to be strengthened following the appointment of the new Lecturer in Theology.
Dr Timothy Stanley, who was Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Christianity and Contemporary Culture at the University of Manchester in England, has been appointed to the position, which is funded through a donation from the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle to the University of Newcastle Foundation.
A Bachelor degree program in theology was introduced at the University of Newcastle in 2007, making the University one of just three in New South Wales to offer such a degree.
Dr Stanley’s specialist focus is the relationship between Protestant theology and philosophy, and contemporary ecclesiology.
Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, The Right Reverend Dr Brian Farran, said he was delighted and excited by Dr Stanley’s appointment.
“Dr Stanley's appointment deepens the teaching and research capacities of the Theology Department in the University of Newcastle. Analysis of contemporary culture and its trajectories is a significant academic discipline that will enhance understanding of society and its confronting issues.”
Foundation Morpeth Chair of Theology, Professor John McDowell, said the position attracted significant interest from across the world.
"The University warmly welcomes Dr Stanley to the position and looks forward to his contribution in building and enhancing the degree program.
"Dr Stanley comes to us as a very highly regarded, energetic and well qualified intellectual. His interests are broad and he will add valuable dimensions to the Theology and Religious Studies programs in areas as wide ranging as religion, politics, cultural studies, philosophy and theology."
University of Newcastle Foundation CEO, Louise O’Connell, said the University greatly valued the partnership with the Anglican Diocese.
"Through this partnership we are building the University's reputation in theology and fostering greater understanding and tolerance of different religions throughout the world.”
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