University of Otago
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 2007
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Areas of Interest

I gained my first graduate degree at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (1988) before returning to New Zealand, where I completed PhD degrees in both Biblical Studies (1995) and Philosophy (2007). I taught for some years in both Theology and Religious Studies, and in 2010 obtained a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Philosophy and Theology and Religion Departments.

My work in Religious Studies focused on the challenges to religious belief that arose from a naturalistic study of Christian origins. In particular, my book on the historical Jesus debate traced the factors – the voyages of discovery, a new sense of the past,…

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