Ryan Buesnel

Proposed Title



My doctoral thesis explores the ideologies and activities of the German State Church during the Third Reich through the lens of contextual theology.

Why I chose Charles Sturt

I completed my B.Th. (Honors) at Charles Sturt, and it felt like the natural progression to continue HDR studies.

Engagement and Memberships

  • Member of the Association of Practical Theology in Oceania
  • Member of the International John Bunyan Society


Journal Articles:

  • The Sermon on the Mount and Christian Ethics in the Nazi Bible,” Studies in Christian Ethics (2021), https://doi.org/10.1177/09539468211051172
  • “The German Christian Rally at Berlin’s Sportspalast, 28 February 1934: Reich Bishop Ludwig Müller, Dr. Christian Kinder Respond to the Kirchenkampf,” Journal of Church and State, csaa103, https://doi.org/10.1093/jcs/csaa103
  • “National Socialist Black Metal: A Case Study in the Longevity of Far-Right Ideologies in Heavy Metal Subcultures,” Patterns of Prejudice 54 (2020): 1-16.
  • “Positive Christianity: Theological Rationales and Legacies,” Religion Compass 14 (2020): 1-8.
  • “Falling into the Abyss: Dostoevsky’s ‘The Double’ and Mental Illness,” Eremos 146 (2019): 32-36.
  • “John Bunyan’s Cinematic Spirituality,” Eremos 144 (2018): 23-28.
  • “Young People Seeking Asylum and Homelessness,” Parity 27 (2014): 13-14.

Conference Presentations:

  • “The Sermon on the Mount and Christian Ethics in the Nazi Bible.” Paper presented at the Theological Ethics conference, Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools, 5-7 July 2021.
  • “A Life Restored: Forgiveness, Grace, and the Church in Response to Addiction.” Paper presented at the Encountering God: Practical Theology and the Mission to Heal conference, Association of Practical Theology in Oceania, 3-4 December 2020.
  • “Søren Kierkegaard and the Corsair Affair: Public Shaming and the Assertion of the Individual.” Paper presented at the DNS XVII 2020 Dark Enlightenments conference, University of Adelaide History Department, 13 November 2020.
  • “National Socialist Black Metal and the Justification for Hate: The Example of Polish Band Graveland.” Paper presented at the Western Civilisation in the Twenty-First Century Conference, University of Adelaide History Department, 21 February 2020.
  • “Adolf Harnack and the Deutsche Christen: A Warning from History.” Paper presented at the Things That Make for Peace conference, United Theological College, 9 March 2018.
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