Theology in Australian higher education: the 'Newcastle Model' brings theology home to the academy

Brian Douglas, Terence Lovat

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This article investigates the movement of theological education away fromdiocesan controlled theological colleges in the Anglican Church of Australia intothe mainstream curriculum of public universities. Particular reference is made tothe establishment of Theology as an area of study at The University of Newcastle.Other models of theological education based on particular hermeneutic interests ofAnglicanism are examined. Comparisons are drawn between those institutionsseeking to maintain partisan control over theological education and those whocede control, in part or entirely, to the public university. Discussion of somehistorical material leading to the implementation of the 'Newcastle Model' ispresented as this relates to church and public policy on Theology in highereducation. The article argues that the place of theological education is in theacademy or public university since it is there that Theology, like other publicknowledge, best develops and maintains a critical intention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-87
Number of pages13
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


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