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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
  • 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
  • Jaimee Poole (PhD) Ontological Freedom in the Theological Tradition and Existentialist Philosophy
  • Philip Sampson (PhD) Christ In Our Place: Atonement in Aotearoa

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
  • Sara Evans (PhD) “Take of Your Shoes”: How Christian Liturgy Forms the People of God
  • 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
  • Andrew Picard (PhD) For the Healing of the Nations: A Critical Study of Colin Gunton’s Trinitarian Ecclesiology for the Healing of Liquid Modernity
  • 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

Rae, M. A. (2021). Colin E. Gunton (1941-2003): The triune God, scientific endeavor, and God's creation project. In G. H. Fulkerson & J. T. Chopp (Eds.), Science and the doctrine of creation: The approaches of ten modern theologians. (pp. 213-240). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

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. (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.

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

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

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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.

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

Rae, M., Regan, H., & Stenhouse, J. (Eds.). (2016). Science and theology: Questions at the interface. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, 272p.

Edited Book - Other

Hall, L., Rae, M., & Holmes, S. (Eds.). (2010). Christian doctrine: A reader. London, UK: SCM Press, 576p.

Edited Book - Other

Gunton, C. E., Holmes, S. R., & Rae, M. A. (Eds.). (2001). The practice of theology: A reader. London, UK: SCM Press, 484p.

Edited Book - Other

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.

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

Rae, M. A. (2021). Colin E. Gunton (1941-2003): The triune God, scientific endeavor, and God's creation project. In G. H. Fulkerson & J. T. Chopp (Eds.), Science and the doctrine of creation: The approaches of ten modern theologians. (pp. 213-240). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

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

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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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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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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Rae, M. (2012). Beyond paradox: Faith and reason in the thought of Søren Kierkegaard. In W. Cristaudo & H.-w. Wong (Eds.), From faith in reason to reason in faith: Transformations in philosophical theology from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. (pp. 77-92). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

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Rae, M. (2012). The congregation as hermeneutic of the gospel. In M. T. B. Laing & P. Weston (Eds.), Theology in missionary perspective: Lesslie Newbigin's legacy. (pp. 189-202). Eugene, OR: Pickwick.

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Rae, M. (2012). The subversive theology of Rua Kēnana. In H. Morrison, L. Paterson, B. Knowles & M. Rae (Eds.), Mana Māori and Christianity. (pp. 223-242). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.

Chapter in Book - Research

Rae, M. A. (2012). Introduction. In M. A. Rae (Ed.), Critical conversations: Michael Polanyi and Christian theology. (pp. 1-8). Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.

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Rae, M. (2011). Auckland landmarks: Architecture and the shaping of national identity. In J. Ruru, J. Stephenson & M. Abbott (Eds.), Making our place: Exploring land-use tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 129-144). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

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Rae, M. (2011). Locating the church in evangelical theology. In T. Meadow & M. Habets (Eds.), Gospel, truth, & interpretation: Evangelical identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 174-190). Auckland, New Zealand: Archer Press.

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Rae, M. (2011). Salvation in community: The tentative universalism of Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834). In G. Macdonald (Ed.), ″All shall be well″: Explorations in universalism and Christian theology from Origen to Moltmann. (pp. 171-197). Eugene, OR: Cascade Books.

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Rae, M. (2011). The spatiality of God. In M. Habets & P. Tolliday (Eds.), Trinitarian theology after Barth. (pp. 70-86). Eugene, OR: Pickwick.

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Rae, M. A. (2011). Salvation and history. In I. J. Davidson & M. A. Rae (Eds.), God of salvation: Soteriology in theological perspective. (pp. 89-104). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

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Rae, M. (2008). The testimony of works in the christology of John's gospel. In R. Bauckham & C. Mosser (Eds.), The gospel of John and Christian theology. (pp. 295-310). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans.

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