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Professor Murray Rae

Murray Rae image 2021B.Arch (Auckland) BD (Otago) BA (Otago) PhD (London)

Room 4S7, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 5393
Email murray.rae@otago.ac.nz
(On RSL until 14 May 2021)

Murray Rae trained first as an architect, then studied theology and philosophy at Otago. He completed his PhD at King's College, London, on the incarnation in the thought of Søren Kierkegaard.

His research interests include the work of Søren Kierkegaard, Theology and Architecture, Christian Pacifism, Biblical Hermeneutics, Christian Doctrine, and the development of Christian faith amongst Maori.

Teaching

  • CHTH 131 God and Ethics in the Modern World
  • CHTH 217 Māori Religion and Theology
  • CHTH 218 The Person and Work of Christ
  • CHTH 231 Christianity, War and Violence
  • CHTH 317 Māori Religion and Theology (Advanced)
  • CHTH 318 The Person and Work of Christ (Advanced)
  • CHTH 323 Theology and Human Well-Being
  • CHTH 331 Christianity, War and Violence (Advanced)
  • CHTH 423 Theology and Human Well-Being (Advanced)

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Preferred Areas of Supervision

  • Theology and Architecture
  • Søren Kierkegaard
  • Theology and Scripture
  • Christian Pacifism
  • General Areas of Christian Doctrine
  • Māori Theology and Religion

Current Research

Current areas of research include:

  • Theology and Architecture. 
  • Theological themes in the work of Søren Kierkegaard
  • The Resurrection of Christ
  • Theological interpretation of Scripture

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Current Postgraduate Students

  • Ryan Brown-Haysom (PhD) Towards a post-tragic theology
  • Graham Cameron (PhD) A historical contextual theology of Pai Marire, the first indigenous Christian faith
  • Edmond Chua (PhD) A Restatement of the Doctrine of the Trinity from Jung Young Lee’s Paradigm of Mutual Complementarity
  • Scott Currie (PhD) An Assessment of the Ecclesiology of Soren Kierkegaard
  • Taryn Dryfhout (PhD) Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi: Locating Whāngai Within a Theology of Community
  • Sara Evans (PhD) “Take of Your Shoes”: How Christian Liturgy Forms the People of God
  • Malcolm Gordon (PhD) Power and Protest: Exploring the link between the practice of lament and the position of powerlessness in 19th century Scotland and New Zealand
  • Immanuel Koks (PhD) ‘A Gospel for All’ Means Good News for You Too: How People with Disabilities Participate in Trinitarian Hope.
  • Ryan Lang (PhD) Prophetic Adoration: Suffering, Lament, and the Beauty of God
  • Hamish Maclean (MTheol) A Biblical Theology of Covenant as it Relates to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Robert Montgomery (PhD) Clinal and Partitional Patterns of Grammar, Vocabulary and Imagery in the Interpretation of the Bible in Tongan, Maori and English
  • Tamara Owyoung (PhD) Sonship as Salvation: A Filial Model of Atonement Based on the Theologies of Colin Gunton and John McLeod Campbell
  • Te Hira Paenga (PhD) Towards a model of Theology in Māori Performing Arts (Kapahaka) Te Atuatanga Me Te Kapahaka
  • Andrew Picard (PhD) For the Healing of the Nations: A Critical Study of Colin Gunton’s Trinitarian Ecclesiology for the Healing of Liquid Modernity
  • Jaimee Poole (PhD) Ontological Freedom in the Theological Tradition and Existentialist Philosophy

Recent Postgraduate Students

  • George Al Kopti (MTheol) Christianity and Islam: The Mutual Understanding and the Development of their Early Relations
  • Bruce Billington (MTheol) A Critique of Martyn’s Commentary on Galatians with an Emphasis on the Kingdom of God
  • Rebecca Burgess (PhD) A Christian Reading of Psalm 119: An Exploration of God’s Self-Revelation Using a Trinitarian Hermeneutic
  • Olataga Elu (PhD) The language and theology of the Samoan Methodist Hymnbook: Circumscribing hymnal translation from a postcolonial perspective
  • Edmund Fong (PhD) Obedience that Saves: The Obedience of Jesus Christ in the Atonement Theology of Karl Barth as shown in His Church Dogmatics
  • Richard Goodwin (PhD) Seeing is Believing: Revelation, Emotion and Film Images
  • Josh Hurd (PhD) Soteriology Before Epistemology: Kierkegaard’s Theology of Divine Revelation
  • Lance Lukin (MMin) The Theology and Place of Chaplaincy in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Martin Holmes (PhD) Making the New Evangelization a Reality: An exploration of the theology and evangelization project of Bishop Robert Barron
  • Spencer Kombega, (MMin) The Character of the Binei (Human Soul) in the Yega Tribe of Melanesia, in Contrast to the Diverse Global Belief
  • Selota Maliko (PhD) Pastoral Care and Banishment in Samoan Society
  • Greg Marcar (PhD) Love, Conscience and Neighbours in the Gallows: The Ethic of Søren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love Applied to U.S. Capital Punishment
  • Joanna Osborne (PhD) “BLACK LIGHT / WHITENESS RESTS MY MIND": evocations of the spiritual in the art and practice of Ralph Hotere and Joanna Margaret Paul
  • Jordan Redding (PhD) Addressed by the Word: The Practical, Pastoral, and Eschatological Anthropology of Eduard Thurneysen
  • Carolyn Robertson (PhD) Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Christian Responses to Consumerism
  • Jeremy Sievers (PhD) A Christian Life: Living Across the Lines. A Grounded Theory Study of Understandings of the Atonement Among Evangelical Christians
  • Wayne Te Kaawa (PhD) Re-visioning land and people in Christology through a whakapapa-genealogical lens
  • Maja Whitaker (PhD) Perfected but Still ‘Disabled’: Diverse Embodiment in the Resurrection Body
  • Jeffrey Wong (PhD) John Zizioulas’ Ecclesiology of the One and the Many

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Publications

Picard, A., Habets, M., & Rae, M. (Eds.). (2021). T&T Clark handbook of Colin Gunton. London, UK: T&T Clark, 442p.

Rae, M. (2021). Introduction. In A. Picard, M. Habets & M. Rae (Eds.), T&T Clark handbook of Colin Gunton. (pp. 1-5). London, UK: T&T Clark.

Rae, M. (2021). Gunton on atonement. In A. Picard, M. Habets & M. Rae (Eds.), T&T Clark handbook of Colin Gunton. (pp. 91-104). London, UK: T&T Clark.

Rae, M. (2020). Reading the decalogue in the community of faith. Participatio, 8, 31-45.

Rae, M. (2020). The Holy Spirit: Kierkegaard's understated pneumatology. In A. P. Edwards & D. J. Gouwens (Eds.), T&T Clark companion to the theology of Kierkegaard. (pp. 353-370). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Authored Book - Research

Rae, M. A. (2017). Architecture and theology: The art of place. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 288p.

Rae, M. (2015). Christian theology: The basics. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 178p.

Rae, M. (2010). Kierkegaard and theology. London: T & T Clark International, 232p.

Rae, M. A. (2005). History and hermeneutics. London: T & T Clark, 168p.

Rae, M. A. (1997). Kierkegaard's vision of the incarnation: By faith transformed. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 288p. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269403.001.0001

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Edited Book - Research

Picard, A., Habets, M., & Rae, M. (Eds.). (2021). T&T Clark handbook of Colin Gunton. London, UK: T&T Clark, 442p.

Rae, M., Matheson, P., & Knowles, B. (Eds.). (2014). Calvin, the man and the legacy. Adelaide, Australia: ATF Theology, 269p.

Rae, M. A. (Ed.). (2012). Critical conversations: Michael Polanyi and Christian theology. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 189p.

Morrison, H., Paterson, L., Knowles, B., & Rae, M. (Eds.). (2012). Mana Māori and Christianity. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia, 356p.

Davidson, I. J., & Rae, M. A. (Eds.). (2011). God of salvation: Soteriology in theological perspective. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 208p.

Holmes, S. R., & Rae, M. A. (Eds.). (2005). The person of Christ. London: T & T Clark International, 205p.

Bartholomew, C., Evans, C. S., Healy, M., & Rae, M. (Eds.). (2003). ″Behind″ the text: History and Biblical interpretation. Cumbria and Michigan: Paternoster Press and Zondervan, 537p.

Rae, M., & Redding, G. (Eds.). (2000). More than a single issue: Theological considerations concerning the ordination of practicing homosexuals. Adelaide: Australian Theological Forum, 285p.

Hamill, B., & Rae, M. (Eds.). (1994). Theological fragments: Essays in honour of Alan Torrance. Dunedin, New Zealand: Lada Publications, 140p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Rae, M. (2021). Introduction. In A. Picard, M. Habets & M. Rae (Eds.), T&T Clark handbook of Colin Gunton. (pp. 1-5). London, UK: T&T Clark.

Rae, M. (2021). Gunton on atonement. In A. Picard, M. Habets & M. Rae (Eds.), T&T Clark handbook of Colin Gunton. (pp. 91-104). London, UK: T&T Clark.

Rae, M. (2020). The Holy Spirit: Kierkegaard's understated pneumatology. In A. P. Edwards & D. J. Gouwens (Eds.), T&T Clark companion to the theology of Kierkegaard. (pp. 353-370). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Rae, M. (2018). Søren Kierkegaard: Becoming a self. In J. M. Houston & J. Zimmermann (Eds.), Sources of Christian self: A cultural history of Christian identity. (pp. 569-583). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Rae, M. (2018). Jesus Christ, the order of creation. In A. B. Torrance & T. H. McCall (Eds.), Christ and the created order: Perspectives from theology, philosophy, and science. (pp. 23-34). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Rae, M. (2017). Kierkegaard. In A. J. Johnson (Ed.), The T&T Clark companion to atonement. (pp. 597-600). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Rae, M. (2017). Architectural expression of the body of Christ. In C. Blyth & N. Vaka’uta (Eds.), The Bible and art, perspectives from Oceania. (pp. 73-95). Bloomsbury.

Rae, M. A. (2016). Suffering. In M. Davie, T. Grass, S. R. Holmes, J. McDowell & T. A. Noble (Eds.), New dictionary of theology: Historical and systematic. (2nd ed.) (pp. 876-879). London: Inter-Varsity Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Rae, M. (2016). Theological interpretation and historical criticism. In C. G. Bartholomew & H. A. Thomas (Eds.), A manifesto for theological interpretation. (pp. 94-109). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

Rae, M. A. (2016). Immortality. In M. Davie, T. Grass, S. R. Holmes, J. McDowell & T. A. Noble (Eds.), New dictionary of theology: Historical and systematic. (2nd ed.) (pp. 444-445). London: Inter-Varsity Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Rae, M. A. (2016). Conversion. In M. Davie, T. Grass, S. R. Holmes, J. McDowell & T. A. Noble (Eds.), New dictionary of theology: Historical and systematic. (2nd ed.) (pp. 218-219). London: Inter-Varsity Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Rae, M. (2016). The virtue of attentiveness. In A. Paddison (Ed.), Theologians on scripture. (pp. 133-146). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Rae, M. A. (2016). Righteousness. In M. Davie, T. Grass, S. R. Holmes, J. McDowell & T. A. Noble (Eds.), New dictionary of theology: Historical and systematic. (2nd ed.) (pp. 778-780). London: Inter-Varsity Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Rae, M. (2014). Calvin on the authority of scripture. In M. Rae, P. Matheson & B. Knowles (Eds.), Calvin, the man and the legacy. (pp. 79-96). Adelaide, Australia: ATF Theology.

Rae, M. (2014). Building from the rubble: Architecture, memory, and hope. In J. Goroncy (Ed.), "Tikkun olam": To mend the world: A confluence of theology and the arts. (pp. 136-151). Eugene, OR: Pickwick.

Rae, M. (2014). The dissident tradition of Christian pacifism. In T. Shogimen & V. A. Spencer (Eds.), Visions of peace: Asia and the West. (pp. 29-46). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Rae, M. (2013). Theological interpretation and the problem of method. In J. B. Green & T. Meadowcroft (Eds.), Ears that hear: Explorations in theological interpretation of the Bible. (pp. 11-25). Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Rae, M. (2013). Response: Reading as formation. In J. B. Green & T. Meadowcroft (Eds.), Ears that hear: Explorations in theological interpretation of the Bible. (pp. 258-262). Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Rae, M. (2013). The unholy notion of “holy war”: A Christian critique. In H. Thomas, J. Evans & P. Copan (Eds.), Holy war in the Bible: Christian morality and an Old Testament problem. (pp. 287-311). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Rae, M. (2013). Biblical theology and the communicative presence of God. In C. R. Seitz & K. H. Richards (Eds.), The Bible as Christian scripture: The work of Brevard S. Childs. (pp. 137-154). Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature.

Rae, M. (2013). Paul, the Romans and us. In K. K. Yeo (Ed.), From Rome to Beijing: Symposia on Roger Jewett's commentary on Romans. (pp. 287-298). Lincoln, NE: Kairos Studies.

Rae, M. (2012). A balm for our wounds: Forging peace in Aotearoa New Zealand. In R. Noake & P. C. H. Kollontai (Eds.), Building communities of reconciliation: Christian responses to situations of conflict (Vol. II). (pp. 45-63). Seoul, Korea: Nanumsa.

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Journal - Research Article

Rae, M. (2020). Reading the decalogue in the community of faith. Participatio, 8, 31-45.

Rae, M. (2019). Kierkegaard and the Trinitarian grammar of Christian theology. Participatio, Suppl. 5, 22-40.

Rae, M. (2017). A life directed by governance: Kierkegaard's confessional autobiography. Toronto Journal of Theology, 33(2), 195-205. doi: 10.3138/tjt.2017-0013

Filep, C. V., Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Rae, M. (2014). Built narratives. Journal of Urban Design, 19(3), 298-316. doi: 10.1080/13574809.2014.890043

Rae, M. (2008). The architecture of redemption. CS Arts, 31, 4-7.

Rae, M. A. (2008). The war on terror in Ruatoki. International Journal of Public Theology, 2, 277-291. doi: 10.1163/156973208X316207

Rae, M. (2008). On reading scripture theologically. Princeton Theological Review, 14(38, No. 1), 13-26.

Rae, M. A. (2008). Christ in/and the Old Testament. Journal of Theological Interpretation, 2(1), 1-22.

Rae, M. (2007). The ethics of Jesus or, why Christian values are a bad idea. Cultural Encounters, 3(2), 47-64.

Rae, M. (2007). Forgiveness as foreign policy. Stimulus, 15(3), 7-12.

Rae, M. (2007). Texts in context: Scripture and the divine economy. Journal of Theological Interpretation, 1(1), 23-45.

Rae, M. (2003). The travail of God. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 5(1), 47-61.

Rae, M. (1999). The risk of obedience: A consideration of Kierkegaard's Fear and trembling. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 1(3), 308-321.

Rae, M. A. (1995). Kierkegaard and the historians. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 37(2), 87-102. doi: 10.1007/BF01565780

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