Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor Scott Cowdell

Professor Scott Cowdell

BSc, BTh, BA (Hons), PhD

Scott Cowdell (b. 1960) grew up and studied in Brisbane. After a science degree in physics and mathematics at Griffith University he attended St Francis' Theological College and the University of Queensland, and was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1988. His PhD from the University of Queensland was awarded in 1994 with a dissertation on the uniqueness and finality of Jesus Christ in late-twentieth century Christian thought. His BA (Hons) and PhD dissertations were both published internationally.

Fr Cowdell was a parish priest and theology tutor in Brisbane (1992-97), taught in the United Faculty of Theology at Trinity College in Melbourne (1997-98), and was Principal of St Barnabas' Theological College, Adelaide, also a Senior Lecturer in Theology at Flinders University (1998-2002). He was a longstanding Member of the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church (1996-2009). He came to Canberra in 2002 to be Rector of St Paul's Anglican Church, Manuka. In 2007 he was appointed as Canon Theologian of the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese and won a five-year research fellowship as an Associate Professor with PACT (Centre for Public and Contextual Theology), based at St Mark's National Theological Centre. Since mid-2012 he has held a research-only appointment at the Canberra Campus of CSU, funded from mid-2013 by a research grant from an American Foundation. He was promoted to adjunct Research Professor in mid-2014.

Professor Cowdell is the author of seven books exploring Christian faith and contemporary culture, most recently Abiding Faith: Christianity Beyond Certainty, Anxiety, and Violence (Eugene, OR.: Cascade, 2009) and René Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis (Notre Dame, IN.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). He is currently working on a second volume for Notre Dame entitled Nonviolent Theology: René Girard and the Drama of Salvation. With colleagues from the Australian Catholic University and The University of Western Sydney, he founded the Australian Girard Seminar and became its first President. To date they have produced three edited volumes with Bloomsbury (London and New York) in their own series, entitled "Violence, Desire, and the Sacred".

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Teaching

  • No undergraduate teaching — postgraduate supervision only

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Research

    Professor Cowdell is currently completing his second Girard volume, entitled Nonviolent Theology: René Girard and the Drama of Salvation, under contract with The University of Notre Dame Press. The final book of a trilogy, under contract with the "Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture" series at Michigan State University Press, will be a Girardian political theology entitled Christ and Brute Reality: René Girard, Realpolitik, and the Gospel.

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 Books

  • René Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture and Crisis (Notre Dame, IN.: The University of Notre Dame Press, 2013)
  • Abiding Faith: Christianity Beyond Certainty, Anxiety, and Violence (Eugene, OR.: Cascade, 2009; Lutterworth, UK: James Clark, 2010)
  • The Ten Commandments and Ethics Today (Melbourne: Acorn, 2008)
  • God's Next Big Thing: Discovering the Future Church (Melbourne: John Garratt, 2004)
  • A God For This World  (London & New York: Continuum, 2000)
  • Is Jesus Unique? A Study of Recent Christology (Theological Inquiries Series; Mahwah, NJ.: Paulist, 1996)
  • Atheist Priest? Don Cupitt and Christianity (London: SCM, 1988)

 Books edited

  • Series Editor (with Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge): "Violence, Desire, and the Sacred" Series, Bloomsbury, London and New York, 2014.
  • Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge (editors) Mimesis, Movies, and Media: Violence, Desire and the Sacred Vol 3 (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2015)
  • Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge (editors) Violence, Desire and the Sacred Vol 2: René Girard and Sacrifice in Life, Love, and Literature (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge (editors) Violence, Desire and the Sacred: Girard's Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines (London and New York: Continuum, 2012)
  • Muriel Porter & Scott Cowdell (editors) Lost in Translation? Anglicans, Controversy and the Bible (Melbourne: DesBooks, 2004)

 Journal Articles & Book Chapters

(not including numerous book reviews, review articles & newspaper articles)

  • "Against Romantic Love: Mimeticism and Satire in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and To Rome With Love," in Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge (editors) Mimesis, Movies, and Media: Violence, Desire and the Sacred Vol 3 (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2015)
  • "Ecclesial Roots of Clergy Sexual Abuse: A Girardian Reflection," in Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge (editors) Violence, Desire and the Sacred Vol 2: René Girard and Sacrifice in Life, Love, and Literature (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014) 233-46.
  • 'Christian Ethics and the Vision of God' in John A. Moses (editor), Collegial Canon: A Celebration of John Morgan (Brisbane: The University of Queensland Press, 2013) 25-32.
  • 'Origins: A Cosmic, Christian Perspective' in Heather Thomson and Phillip Tolliday (editors), Speaking Differently: Essays in Theological Anthropology (Canberra: Barton Books, 2013) 9-16.
  • 'René Girard, Modernity and Apocalypse' in Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge (editors), Violence, Desire and the Sacred: Girard's Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines (London and New York: Continuum, 2012) 3-15.
  • 'Hard Evidence for Girardian Mimetic Theory? Intersubjectivity and Mirror Neurons' in Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge (editors), Violence, Desire and the Sacred: Girard's Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines (London and New York: Continuum, 2012) 219-26.
  • 'Preaching Lent 2012' St Mark's Review 219 (2012) 52-61
  • 'Conversion and Roman Catholicism: An Anglo-Catholic Ecclesiological Response to James Alison' St Mark's Review 218 (2011) 48-55.
  • 'Preaching Epiphany: Reflections on the 2011 Epiphany Season and its Year A Eucharistic Readings' St Mark's Review 216 (2011) 54-63.
  • 'The Library of the Future: Musings on the Politics of Meaning' St Mark's Review 213 (2010) 71-78; also appearing in The Australian and New Zealand Theological Libraries Association Journal 3 (2009) 157-62.
  • 'Theodicy and Animal Suffering in Darwin's World' St Mark's Review 211 (2010) 43-51.
  • 'What is Public Theology?' St Mark's Review 209 (2009) 59-67.
  • 'Baptism in Australia: Secularisation, "Civil Baptism" and the Social Miracle' in Stephen Burns & Anita Monro (eds), Christian Worship in Australia: Perspectives on Liturgical Enculturation (Sydney: St Paul's Publications, 2009) 155-66.
  • 'An Abusive Church Culture? Clergy Sexual Abuse and Systemic Dysfunction in Ecclesial Faith and Life' St Mark's Review 205 (2008) 31-49.
  • 'Who Speaks for the Church? Anglican Voices and Australian Public Life' St Mark's Review 203 (2007) 71-79.
  • 'Baptismal Ecclesiology and its Enemies' in Graeme Garrett (ed) Into the World You Love: Encountering God in Everyday Life (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2007), pp. 202-210.
  • 'Anglicanism, Post-Modernity and a Habitat for Giftedness' in Bruce Kaye (ed) Wonderful and Confessedly Strange: Australian Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2006) 179-195.
  • 'Holy Spirit and Mission: Captivity and Charism in Mission-Shaped Church' St Mark's Review 200(2006) 43-49.
  • 'On Loving the Church' in Tom Frame & Geoffrey Treloar (eds) Agendas for Australian Anglicanism: Essays in Honour of Bruce Kaye (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2006) 249-270.
  • 'Meditation' in Lynn L. Caruso (ed) Blessing the Animals: Prayers and Ceremonies to Celebrate God's Creatures, Wild and Tame (Woodstock, VA: SkyLights Paths Publishing, 2006) 163-4.
  • 'Homosexuality and the Clarity of Scripture: Reflecting with the Archbishop of Sydney' in Terry Brown (editor) Other Voices, Other Worlds: The Global Church Speaks out on Homosexuality (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2006) 262-74; first appearing in Muriel Porter and Scott Cowdell (editors) Lost in Translation? Anglicans, Controversy and the Bible (Melbourne: DesBooks, 2004) 114-30.
  • 'Theology and the Inner City: Some Issues' St Mark's Review 196 (2004) 4-6.
  • 'Identity, Authority, Geography: Some Concerns about Church Planting' St Mark's Review 186 (2001) 3-9.
  • 'Anglican Moral Theology and the Challenge of Same-Sex Unions' in Faithfulness in Fellowship: Reflections on Homosexuality and the Church (Melbourne: John Garratt, 2001) 141-160.
  • 'God and Postmodernity' Interface 2/1 (1999) 93-105.
  • 'Lay Vocation and Worship' St Mark's Review 172 (1998) 14-20.
  • 'The Postmodern Church' St Mark's Review 168 (1997) 14-20; also appearing in Reo: A Journal of Theology and Ministry 10 (1998) 9-24.
  • 'Word and Sacrament: A Reformed Catholic Reflection' in Ivan Head (editor), Who May Celebrate? Boundaries of Anglican Order (Sydney: General Synod Commission on Doctrine, 1996) 20-26.
  • 'Priestly Leadership, Eucharistic Presidency and Lay Vocation' in Ivan Head (editor) Who May Celebrate? Boundaries of Anglican Order (Sydney: General Synod Commission on Doctrine, 1996) 59-65.
  • 'All This and God Too: Postmodern Alternatives to Don Cupitt' The Heythrop Journal 33 (1992) 267-282.
  • 'Radical Theology, Postmodernity and Christian Life in the Void' The Heythrop Journal 32 (1991) 62-71.
  • 'Hans Küng and World Religions: The Emergence of a Pluralist' Theology 92 (1989) 85-92.
  • 'Eucharistic Liturgy: Theology, Context, Australianness' Colloquium 21 (1989) 45-51.

Internationally Published Sermons

  • 'Advent Beyond Science Fiction' Lectionary Homiletics XXV/6, October 2014-November 2014, pp. 71-72.
  • 'A Holiness Worth Having' Lectionary Homiletics XXV/6, October 2014-November 2014, pp. 32-34.
  • 'Church Discipline and the Moral Life' Lectionary Homiletics XXV/5, August 2014-September 2014, pp. 44-45.
  • 'Elijah & Peter—Stories for Today' (10th August: Proper 14) Expository Times 125/10, July 2014, pp. 495-97.
  • 'A Blow-Up Church?' Lectionary Homiletics XXV/4, June 2014-July 2014, pp. 15-18.
  • 'Naught for Your Comfort' (June 29th: Proper 8) Expository Times 125/8, May 2014, pp. 398-400.
  • 'Doubt and Faith' Lectionary Homiletics XXV/3, April 2014-May 2014, pp. 38-40.
  • 'Belonging, Believing, and Behaving' Lectionary Homiletics XXV/3, April 2014-May 2014, pp. 72, 48-49.
  • 'Our Epiphany' Lectionary Homiletics XXV/1, December 2013-January 2014, p. 68.
  • 'Reimagining God' (September 24th: Proper 19) Expository Times 124/11, August 2013, pp. 547-49.
  • 'Is There No Balm in Gilead?' Lectionary Homiletics XXIV/5 August-September 2013, pp. 62-63.
  • 'Free & Faithful in Christ' Lectionary Homiletics XXIV/4 June-July 2013, pp. 35-36.
  • 'Fullness of Life' Lectionary Homiletics XXIV/3 April-May 2013, pp 40-41.
  • 'Scandalous!' Lectionary Homiletics XXIV/2 February-March 2013, p 63.
  • 'Trinity Sunday: A Religion that Loves the World' Lectionary Homiletics XXIII/4 June-July 2012, pp. 7-8.
  • 'Working With God' Lectionary Homiletics XXIII/2 February-March 2012, pp. 15-16
  • 'The Coming Truth Versus the Ruling Lie' Lectionary Homiletics XXIII/1 December 2011-January 2012, pp. 15-16
  • 'Religious Insiders Take Note' (September 25th: Proper 21) Expository Times 122/11, August 2011, pp. 552-55.
  • 'The Kingdom of God: Good News and Bad' (July 24th: Proper 12) Expository Times 122/9, June 2011, pp. 445-47.
  • 'Risen, Ascended, Glorified' Lectionary Homiletics XXI/3 April-May 2010, pp. 30-32.
  • '2nd May: 5th Sunday of Easter' Expository Times 121/7, April 2010, pp 348-50.
  • '7th March: 3rd Sunday in Lent' Expository Times 121/5, February 2010, pp 239-40.
  • '8th November: Proper 27' Expository Times 121/1, October 2009, pp 29-30.
  • 'All Saints Day: God in Colour' Lectionary Homiletics XX/6 October-November 2009, pp. 46-47.
  • 'Christ, Ethics and Church Leadership' Lectionary Homiletics XX/5 August-September 2009, pp. 19-20.
  • 'The Revenge of the Material' Lectionary Homiletics XX/5 August-September 2009, pp. 25-26.
  • 'Touching, Reconciling, Purifying' Lectionary Homiletics XX/3 April-May 2009, pp. 33-34.
  • 'Beyond Private Religion' Lectionary Homiletics XX/3 April-May 2009, pp. 66-67.
  • 'The Inclusive God' Lectionary Homiletics XIX/5 August-September 2008, pp. 31-32.
  • 'No Christ without His Church' Lectionary Homiletics XIX/5 August-September 2008, pp. 39-40.
  • 'I Am the Gate—But What Sort of Gate?' Lectionary Homiletics XIX/3 April-May 2008, pp. 16-17.
  • 'Trinity as Template for Peace' Lectionary Homiletics XIX/3 April-May 2008, pp. 55-56.
  • 'Transfiguration: Jesus Redefines Reality' Lectionary Homiletics XIX/2 February-March 2008, pp. 11-13.
  • 'Not Failing in the Wilderness' Lectionary Homiletics XIX/2 February-March 2008, pp.19-20.
  • 'Our Resurrection' Lectionary Homiletics XVIII/3 April-May 2007, pp. 63-64.
  • 'Nothing Need Ever Be the Same' Lectionary Homiletics XVIII/2 February-March 2007, pp. 23-24.
  • 'Choose Wisely' Lectionary Homiletics XVIII/2 February-March 2007, pp. 56-57.
  • 'Sermon for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany' Lectionary Homiletics XVIII/1 December 2006-January 2007, pp. 72, 12.
  • 'Good Friday: The All-Vulnerable God' Lectionary Homiletics XVII/3 April-May 2006, pp. 2-3.
  • 'Easter: The Laughing Christ' Lectionary Homiletics XVII/3 April-May 2006, pp. 30-32.
  • 'What Sort of Lord Do We Meet in the Christmas Gospel?' Lectionary Homiletics XVII/1 December 2005-January 2006, pp. 37-38.

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