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Professor Andrew Bradstock

Photo of Andrew Bradstock. Professor of Theology and Public Issues

Room: 4S8, Arts Building
Tel 64 3 479 8450
Email andrew.bradstock@otago.ac.nz

Andrew holds the Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues and is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues.

Andrew studied Theology and Politics at the University of Bristol before completing his PhD in Politics and Government at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Before coming to Otago, Andrew co-directed the Centre for Faith and Society at the Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He has also been heavily involved in working with UK politicians to develop links between Parliament and the churches and other faith communities.

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues at Otago is part of a network of similar international centres, the Global Network of Public Theology. The Centre seeks to raise the profile of public theology in New Zealand and make a significant contribution to public discourse and policy thinking.

For further information about the Centre for Theology and Public Issues

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Teaching

Public Theology: God in the Public Square

Public Theology and Global Issues

The Roots of Public Theology

  • CHTX305/405

Theology, Money and Markets

  • CHTH/X334

Preferred Areas of Supervision

  • The relationship between faith and politics in contemporary contexts
  • Public theology
  • Religious and political thought from the Reformation to the present day
  • Christian socialism
  • Liberation and other ‘developing world’ theologies

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Main Research Interests

  • Public theology, particularly in an Aotearoa-New Zealand context
  • Meanings of 'secular', including in an Aotearoa-New Zealand context
  • The value of the 'common good' in contemporary political discourse
  • Theological responses to ‘global’ issues
  • Radical religion and politics
  • The use of the Bible in the 'public square'

Current Research

  • The meaning of 'secular' in Aotearoa-New Zealand (UORG-funded project in collaboration with Dr Vivienne Anderson, College of Education)
  • The issue of using religious language in the public square, particularly in the ‘secular’ context of New Zealand
  • Theological responses to the current economic situation, looking in particular at how theology can stimulate and contribute to fresh thinking about what constitutes a ‘good society’. A particular interest within this area is economic inequality and whether it can be reduced
  • Historical and current perspectives on the role of the New Zealand churches in influencing government policy

Current Postgraduate Students

  • Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko (PhD) The Prophetic Voice of the Church in Samoan Society: A Public Theology
  • Michael Frost (PhD) A Pentecostal theological framework for social engagement with a particular focus on Māori.
  • Eleanor Sanderson (M.Theol) A Public Theology of Relationships: Reflections from the Mothers' Union of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia.
  • Deborah Broome (M.Theol) Living in Two Cities: Public Theology in Augustine’s City of God and Lessons for the Church Today
  • Becky Heale (M.Theol) What do the ethics of the Kingdom of God offer to the New Zealand policy making and reform discussion regarding refugee and asylum seekers?

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Publications

Bradstock, A. (2011). Radical religion in Cromwell's England: A concise history from the English Civil War to the end of the Commonwealth. London: I. B. Tauris, 224p.

Bradstock, A. (2012). 'Seeking the welfare of the city': Public theology as radical action. In Z. Bennett & D. B. Gowler (Eds.), Radical Christian voices and practice: Essays in honour of Christopher Rowland. (pp. 225-240). Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599776.001.0001

Bradstock, A. (2010). Profits without honour? Economics, theology and the current global recession. International Journal of Public Theology, 4(2), 135-157. doi: 10.1163/156973210x491859

Bradstock, A. (2009). John Bunyan. In R. Lemon, E. Mason, J. Roberts & C. Rowland (Eds.), Blackwell companion to the Bible in English literature. (pp. 286-296). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Bradstock, A. (2009). Government and equality. In N. Spencer & J. Chaplin (Eds.), God and government: Connecting political theology with political Christians. (pp. 180-204). London: SPCK.

Authored Book - Research

Bradstock, A. (2011). Radical religion in Cromwell's England: A concise history from the English Civil War to the end of the Commonwealth. London: I. B. Tauris, 224p.

Bradstock, A. (2007). Louder than words: Action for the 21st century church. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 123p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Bradstock, A. (2012). 'Seeking the welfare of the city': Public theology as radical action. In Z. Bennett & D. B. Gowler (Eds.), Radical Christian voices and practice: Essays in honour of Christopher Rowland. (pp. 225-240). Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599776.001.0001

Boston, J., Bradstock, A., & Eng, D. (2011). Introduction: Ethical dimensions of public policy. In J. Boston, A. Bradstock & D. Eng (Eds.), Ethics and public policy: Contemporary issues. (pp. 1-20). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press.

Bradstock, A., & Campbell, H. (2010). ″The bishop and the scientist″. In D. Galloway & J. Timmins (Eds.), Aspects of Darwin: A New Zealand celebration. (pp. 146-160). Dunedin, New Zealand: Friends of the Knox College Library, Hewitson Library, Knox College.

Boston, J., Bradstock, A., & Eng, D. (2010). Ethics and public policy. In J. Boston, A. Bradstock & D. Eng (Eds.), Public policy: Why ethics matters. (pp. 1-20). Canberra, Australia: Australian National University Press.

Bradstock, A. (2010). "How many cyclists did I murder today?": Sin, guilt and obsessive behaviour. In N. Darragh (Ed.), A thinker's guide to sin: Talking about wrongdoing today. (pp. 151-159). Auckland, New Zealand: Accent.

Bradstock, A. (2009). John Bunyan. In R. Lemon, E. Mason, J. Roberts & C. Rowland (Eds.), Blackwell companion to the Bible in English literature. (pp. 286-296). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Bradstock, A. (2009). Government and equality. In N. Spencer & J. Chaplin (Eds.), God and government: Connecting political theology with political Christians. (pp. 180-204). London: SPCK.

Bradstock, A. (2008). 'This stuff works': Specific action to combat poverty. In J. Thacker & M. Hoek (Eds.), Micah's challenge: The church's responsibility to the global poor. (pp. 164-174). Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster.

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Journal - Research Article

Bradstock, A. (2010). Profits without honour? Economics, theology and the current global recession. International Journal of Public Theology, 4(2), 135-157. doi: 10.1163/156973210x491859

Bradstock, A. (2010). Global economic crisis: Too good an opportunity to waste? Stimulus, 18(2), 23-29.

Bradstock, A. (2008). Keeping faith in politics? Baptists and the 1906 election. Baptist Quarterly, 42(5), 340-353.

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Journal - Research Other

Bradstock, A. (2011). [Review of the book The complete works of Gerrard Winstanley]. English, 60(231), 340-344. doi: 10.1093/english/efr030

Bradstock, A., & Davis, F. (2009). Special issue: Faith, welfare and well-being: New directions [Editorial]. International Journal of Public Theology, 3(1), 1-4. doi: 10.1163/156973209X387271

Davis, F., & Bradstock, A. (2009). Faith: A moral compass for local communities? [Editorial]. Crucible, October-December, 3-6.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Bradstock, A. (2010). Tackling economic inequality. In J. Boston, A. Bradstock & D. Eng (Eds.), Public policy: Why ethics matters. (pp. 183-200). Canberra, Australia: Australian National University Press.

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Conference Contribution - Edited volume of conference proceedings

Boston, J., Bradstock, A., & Eng, D. (Eds.). (2011). Ethics and Public Policy: Contemporary Issues. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press. 382p.

Boston, J., Bradstock, A., & Eng, D. (Eds.). (2010). Public policy: Why ethics matters. Canberra, Australia: Australian National University Press. 311p.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Davis, F., Paulhus, E., & Bradstock, A. (2008). Moral, but no compass: Government, Church and the future of welfare: A report for the Church of England. Commissioned by Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, Bishop for Urban Life and Faith. Chelmsford, UK: Matthew James. 136p.

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