Stephen Ames

Focus/interest: Philosophy, Physics, Theology

Academic qualifications: BSc (Hons), PhD, BD, BA (Hons), PhD

Current position: Honorary Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne and an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity

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Biography: Stephen describes himself as follows: I am a priest in the Anglican Church in Melbourne. I think of myself as an orthodox Christian who in good conscience recites the Nicene Creed each Sunday at the Eucharist. My interest as a priest includes seeking to give an account of the kind of world in which we live, not only in terms of various accounts that are in circulation but also in terms of the ‘divine economy’ for the whole universe from creation to consummation. It is a consummation that I understand to be a ‘telos’ not a ‘terminus’. According to St Paul, this divine economy has been long hidden in God the creator, but lately revealed in Christ. My task includes identifying the dissonances and the resonances between these various accounts and the divine economy, and to act accordingly. I seek to acclaim and expand the resonances and redeem the dissonances. All this is made possible through public conversations at the intersection of different accounts of the kind of world we live in.

Publications:

2023 A Strange Goodness?: God and Natural Evil (ATF Press, Adelaide)

2018 Can we live ‘in but not of’ the immanent frame? Arena Journal, 49/50 pp.169-203

2013 Being, Wellbeing and Globalisation, in A World United or a World Exploited? Christian Perspectives on Globalisation, edited by Peter Price (ATF Press, Adelaide)