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Lecturer, Executive Director of ISCAST–Christians in Science, and Anglican minister, The University of Melbourne

Chris's background is in engineering, philosophy and theology and he has a doctorate in philosophical hermeneutics. He teaches in climate change, history of science, philosophy, critical thinking, and theology at the University of Divinity and the University of Melbourne.

Chris is interested in the nature of science and the relationship between science and religion. His research focusses on scientific and theological ways of knowing and the ubiquity of HUFPAT: a hermeneutic, universal, fiduciary and provisional approach to truth. (Seeing you asked: the philosophical hermeneutics arising from Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer along with the philosophy of science of Michael Polanyi and defending a view of robust truth in the face of the onslaughts of Richard Rorty's "truth is what your peers will let you get away with saying." Roughly.)

Chris is Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology (, which is dedicated to exploring the interface between science and Christianity. Its membership consists of scientists, theologians and professionals with standing in their own fields and a commitment to the Christian faith. Chris is an Anglican minister and lived with his family in Argentina for 13 years.

Chris enjoys public speaking on matters of science and faith, worldviews, and theories of knowledge. He also has an aversion to bios written in the third person.


  • 2006–present
    Anglican Minister, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
  • 2010–present
    Freelance writing & radio production, ABC Radio National etc.
  • 2007–present
    Lecturer and tutor, University of Melbourne, University of Divinity, Australian Catholic University, Ridley Melbourne, Melbourne School of Theology
  • 1994–2006
    University Chaplain & Minister, Iglesia Anglicana Argentina
  • 1989–1992
    Lecturer, RMIT


  • 2015 
    University of Divinity, DTheol
  • 2012 
    University of Melbourne, GCCRS
  • 2000 
    Melbourne College of Divinity, B.D.
  • 1992 
    University of Melbourne, M.Sc.
  • 1984 
    University of Melbourne, B.A.
  • 1983 
    University of Melbourne, B.Eng.


  • 2012
    "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell? Faith, the Natural Sciences and Rumours of Divorce.", In God and Science in Classroom and Pulpit, Melbourne:Mosaic Press.
  • 2011
    "The greenhouse, the oppressed and the conversation of humankind", Traffic,
  • 2011
    "Hermeneutics and the authority of theology", in Hermeneutics and Scripture. ATF Press.
  • 2010
    "A rose by any other name: Personal knowledge and hermeneutics", in Knowing and Being: Perspectives on the Philosophy of Michael Polanyi.
  • 1992
    "The QALY: Protected species or vermin?", Health Issues, 30.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, (Christians in Science)

Research Areas

  • Philosophy And Religious Studies (22)
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) (220206)
  • Religion And Religious Studies (2204)
  • Christian Studies (Incl. Biblical Studies And Church History) (220401)
  • Religion And Society (220405)
  • Hermeneutic And Critical Theory (220307)