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Professor Murray Rae

Murray Rae image 2020B.Arch (Auckland) BD (Otago) BA (Otago) PhD (London)

Room 4S7, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 5393
(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.


  • CHTH131 God and Ethics in the Modern World
  • CHTH218 The Person and Work of Christ
  • CHTH231 Christianity, War and Violence
  • CHTH314 The Theology of Søren Kierkegaard
  • CHTH318 The Person and Work of Christ (Advanced)
  • CHTH331 Christianity, War and Violence (Advanced)
  • CHTH414 The Theology of Søren Kierkegaard (Advanced)

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Preferred Areas of Supervision

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

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

  • 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
  • Olataga Elu (PhD) A Theological and postcolonial Critique of the Mission-Oriented Theology in Samoan Methodist Hymnody: Implications of Colonial Mission-Oriented Theology on the Mission of the Church in Contemporary Context’
  • Richard Goodwin (PhD) Seeing is Believing: A Theology of Film Images
  • 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
  • Selota Maliko (PhD) Pastoral Care and Banishment in Samoan Society
  • Andrew Picard (PhD) For the Healing of the Nations: A Critical Study of Colin Gunton’s Trinitarian Ecclesiology for the Healing of Liquid Modernity
  • Carolyn Robertson (MTheol) Christian Responses to Consumer Culture
  • Maja Whitaker (PhD) Personal Identity and Bodily Integrity in the Resurrection

Recent Postgraduate Students

  • Graham Cameron (MTheol) “That you might stand here on the roof of the clouds.”: The development of Pirirākau theology from encounter to the end of conflict, 1839-1881
  • Peter Crothall (MTheol) Colin McCahon and the Land
  • Adam Dodds (PhD) The Mission of the Triune God: Trinitarian Missiology in the Tradition of Lesslie Newbigin
  • Edmund Fong (PhD) Obedience that Saves: The Obedience of Jesus Christ in the Atonement Theology of Karl Barth as shown in His Church Dogmatics
  • Michael Frost (PhD) A Pentecostal theological framework for social engagement with a particular focus on Māori
  • Jonathan Hicks (PhD) Trinity, Economy and Scripture: A Theologically Motivated Recovery of Didymus the Blind
  • Martin Holmes (PhD) Making the New Evangelization a Reality: An exploration of the theology and evangelization project of Bishop Robert Barron
  • Wayne Te Kaawa (PhD) Re-visioning Christology through a Māori lens
  • Josh Hurd (PhD) Kierkegaard on Revelation
  • Greg Marcar (PhD) Conscience, love and neighbours in the dock: what implications might be drawn from Kierkegaard’s Works of Love for Christians with discretionary powers over prosecution and clemency in the U.S. capital punishment system?
  • Tom Noakes-Duncan (PhD) Communities of Restoration: Ecclesial Ethics and Restorative Justice
  • Jo 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
  • Jacky Sewell (PhD) From Sight to Insight: God, Art and the Spiritual Well-Being of Young People
  • Andrew Shepherd (PhD) Establishing Theological Foundations for an Ethic of Hospitality
  • Jeremy Sievers (PhD) The impact of understandings of the atonement on personal well-being and mental health
  • Andrew Torrance (PhD) The Freedom to Become a Christian: Søren Kierkegaard and Karl Barth on the Transformative Relationship with God
  • Jeffrey Wong (PhD) The Eucharistic Gathering (Synaxis) of the Church as the Mystical Person-dom of God Realized in this World via Communion and Otherness.
  • Selwyn Yeoman (PhD) A Christological Exploration of the Idea of Human Dominion

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  • Theology and Architecture: the Art of Place (Waco, TX.: Baylor University Press, 2017) Forthcoming.
  • Christian Theology: The Basics (London: Routledge, 2015)
  • Kierkegaard and Theology (London: T&T Clark, 2010)
  • History and Hermeneutics (London: T&T Clark, 2005)
  • Kierkegaard's Vision of the Incarnation: By Faith Transformed (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

Edited Books

  • Calvin: The Man and the Legacy (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2014) Murray Rae, Peter Matheson and Brett Knowles (eds) Contributed chapter listed below.
  • Mana Māori and Christianity Hugh Morrison, Lachy Paterson, Brett Knowles and Murray Rae (eds) (Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2012) (Contributed Introduction and chapter indicated below)
  • Critical Conversations: Michael Polanyi and Christian Theology Murray A. Rae (ed.) (Eugene, OR.: Wipf and Stock, 2011) Contributed ‘Introduction’.
  • God of Salvation: Soteriology in Theological Perspective, Ivor J. Davidson and Murray A. Rae (eds) (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2011) (See contributed chapter below)
  • The SCM Reader in Christian Doctrine Lindsey Hall, Stephen R. Holmes and Murray A. Rae (eds) (London: SCM Press, 2010) Contributed: ‘The person of Christ: Introductory Essay’, 111-14; ‘The Work of Christ: Introductory Essay’, 170-74; ‘The Holy Spirit: Introductory Essay’, 225-29.
  • The Person of Christ Stephen R. Holmes & Murray Rae (eds) (London: T&T Clark, 2005) (Contributed ‘Introduction’ and chapter as shown below.)
  • ‘Behind’ the Text? History and Biblical Interpretation Craig Bartholomew, C. Stephen Evans, Mary Healey & Murray A. Rae (eds) (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2003) (See contributed chapter below)
  • The Practice of Theology: A Reader Colin E, Gunton, Stephen R. Holmes and Murray A. Rae (eds) (London: SCM Press, 2001) Contributed: ‘Reflecting on Experience of God, Introductory Essay’ 185-89; ‘How do we know what we know? Introductory Essay’ 254-58; ‘The Nature of Theological Language, Introductory Essay’ 287-91; ‘Modernity and Postmodernity, Introductory Essay’ 351-55; ‘Christian Theology in a Multi-faith World, Introductory Essay’ 408-12.
  • More Than a Single Issue; Theological Considerations Concerning the Ordination of Practising Homosexuals Murray A. Rae and Graham Redding (eds) (Adelaide: Australian Theological Forum, 2000) (See contributed chapters below)
  • Science and Theology: Questions at the Interface eds. Murray Rae, Hilary Regan and John Stenhouse (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1994)
  • Theological Fragments eds. D. Bruce Hamill and Murray Rae (Dunedin: Lada Publications, 1994) (See contributed chapters below)

Refereed Articles & Dictionary Entries

  • ‘A Life Directed by Governance: Kierkegaard’s Confessional Autobiography’ in Toronto Journal of Theology (Fall, 2017) Forthcoming
  • Four articles: ‘Conversion’ (218-9), ‘Immortality’ (444-5), ‘Righteousness’ (778-80) and ‘Suffering’ (876-79) in Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Stephen R. Holmes, John McDowell and T.A. Noble, eds., New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic, Second edition (London: Inter-Varsity Press, 2016) 
  • ‘Built Narratives’ co-authored by Crystal Filep (60%), Michelle Thomson-Fawcett (20%) Murray Rae 20%) in Journal of Urban Design, 19.3 (2014) 341-59
  • ‘The War on Terror in Ruatoki’ in International Journal of Public Theology 2.3 (2008) 277-91
  • Christ in the Old Testament’ in Journal of Theological Interpretation, 2.1 (Spring, 2008) 1-7
  • The Ethics of Jesus, or, Why Christian Values are a Bad Idea’ in Cultural Encounters 3.2 (Summer 2007) 47-64
  • ‘Texts and Context: Scripture and the Divine Economy’ in Journal of Theological Interpretation (1.1, 2007) 23-45. (Also published as the lead article in a promotional sample issue of the Journal, November 2006)
  • Anthropomorphism’ in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, Kevin J. Vanhoozer (General Editor) (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005) 48-9.
  • The Travail of God’ in International Journal of Systematic Theology 5.1 (March, 2003) 47-61.
  • The Risk of Obedience: A Consideration of Kierkegaard’s Fear And Trembling’ in International Journal of Systematic Theology,1.3 (November, 1999) 308-21.
  • Two entries under, ‘God’ and ‘Revelation’ in Dictionary of Existentialism, ed. Haim Gordon (Greenwood Press, 1999) pp.163-66; 408-11
  • ‘Kierkegaard and the Historians’ in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 37.2 (1995) 87-102.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Jesus Christ, the Order of Creation’ in Andrew Torrance and Thomas McCall, eds. Christ and the Created Order (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic, 2017) Forthcoming.
  • ‘Kierkegaard’s Pneumatology’ in The T&T Clark Companion to Søren Kierkegaard, Aaron Edwards and David Gouwens, eds. (London: T&T Clark, 2017) Forthcoming
  • ‘Søren Kierkegaard: Becoming a Self’, in James Houston and Jens Zimmerman, eds. Sources of the Christian Self (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017) Forthcoming
  • ‘Kierkegaard’ in Adam Johnson, ed. T & T Clark Companion to the Atonement (London: T & T Clark, 2017) 597-600.
  • ‘Architectural Expression of the Body of Christ’ in The Bible and Art, Perspectives from Oceeania, eds. Caroline Blyth and Nāsili Vaka’utu (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017) 73-95.
  • ‘The Virtue of Attentiveness’ in Angus Paddison, ed. Theologians On Scripture (London: T
 & T Clark, 2016) 133-45.
  • ‘Theological Interpretation and Historical Criticism’ in Craig Bartholomew and Heath Thomas, eds. A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016) 94-109
  • ‘Calvin and the Authority of Scripture’ in Murray Rae, Peter Matheson and Brett Knowles (eds) Calvin: The Man and the Legacy (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2014) 79-96
  • ‘The Dissident Tradition of Christian Pacifism’ in Takashi Shogimen and Vicki Spencer (eds) Visions of Peace, Asia and the West (Farnham: Ashgate Press, 2014) 29-46
  • ‘Building from the Rubble: Architecture, Memory, and Hope’ in ‘Tikkun Olam’ — To Mend the World: A Confluence of Theology and the Arts, Jason Goroncy (ed) (Eugene, OR.: Pickwick Publications, 2014) 136-51
  • ‘Biblical Theology and the Communicative Presence of God’ in Christopher Seitz and Kent Richards, eds. The Bible as Christian Scripture. The Work of Brevard Childs (Atlanta: The Society of Biblical Literature, 2013) 137-154
  • ‘Theological Interpretation and the Problem of Method’ in Joel B. Green and Tim Meadowcroft (eds) Explorations in Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013) 11-25
  • ‘Response: Reading as Formation’ in in Joel B. Green and Tim Meadowcroft (eds) Explorations in Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013) 258-62.
  • ‘The Unholy Notion of “Holy War”: A Christian Critique’ in Holy War in the Bible Christian Morality and the Old Testament Problem, eds. Heath A. Thomas Jeremy Evans and Paul Copan (Downers Grove IL.: IVP Academic, 2013) 287-311
  • ‘Paul, the Romans and Us’ in From Rome to Beijing: Symposia on Robert Jewett’s Commentary on Romans edited by K.K.Yeo (Lincoln, NE.: Kairos Studies, 2013) 287-98
  • ‘The Subversive Theology of Rua Kenana’ in Hugh Morrison, Lachy Paterson, Brett Knowles and Murray Rae (eds) Mana Māori and Christianity (Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2012) 223-242.
  • ‘The Congregation as Hermeneutic of the Gospel’ in Theology in Missionary Perspective, edited by David Kettle, Mark Laing and Paul Weston (Eugene. OR.: Pickwick Publications, 2012) 189-202
  • ‘A Balm for Our Wounds: Forging Peace in Aotearoa New Zealand’ in Sebastian Kim and Pauline Kolontai (eds) Building Communities of Reconciliation, Vol 2.: Christian Responses to Situations of Conflict (Seoul: Nanumsa), 2012 45-63
  • ‘Locating the Church in Evangelical Theology’ in Myk Habets, and Tim Meadowcroft eds. Gospel, Truth, and Interpretation: Evangelical Identity in Aotearoa, New Zealand (Auckland: Archer Press, 2011) 174-90
  • Beyond Paradox: Faith and Reason in the Thought of Søren Kierkegaard in From Faith in Reason to Reason in Faith: Transformations in Philosophical Theology from the 18th to 20th Centuries, Wayne Cristaudo and Heung-Wah Wong (ed)s. (Lanham: University Press of America, 2012) 77-92
  • ‘Auckland Landmarks: Architecture and the Shaping of National Identity’ in Making Our Place: Exploring Land-use Tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Jacinta Ruru, Janet Stephenson and Mick Abbott (Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2011) 129-41
  • ‘Landmarks, Architecture and the Symbolisation of Cultural Identity’ in Symbolising New Zealand edited by Alistair Fox (Dunedin: Centre for Research on National Identity, 2011) 43-50
  • ‘Salvation and History’ in Ivor J. Davidson and Murray A. Rae eds., God of Salvation: Soteriology in Theological Perspective (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2011) 89-104.
  • ‘Salvation in Community: The Tentative Universalism of Friedrich Schleiermacher’ in ‘All Shall be Well’: Universalism and Christian Theology from Origen to Moltmann, ed. Gregory MacDonald (Eugene, OR.: Cascade Books, 2010) 167-93
  • ‘The Spatiality of God’ in Trinitarian Theology After Barth. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Eds. Myk Habets and Phillip Tolliday. (Eugene, OR.: Pickwick, 2010) 68-84.
  • ‘Incline Your Ear So That You May Live: Principles of Biblical Epistemology’ in Mary Healey and Robin Parry (eds.) The Bible and Epistemology (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2007) 161-80.
  • ‘The Testimony of Works in the Gospel of John’ in The Gospel of John and Christian Theology, edited by Richard Bauckham and Carl Mosser, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008) 295-310.
  • ‘To Render Praise: Humanity in God's World’ in The Doctrine of God and Theological Ethics, Michael Banner & Alan Torrance (eds) (London: T&T Clark, 2006) 201-20 ISBN: 0567084612, Reprint of (2001, below.)
  • ‘To Render Praise: Humanity in God's World’ in Environmental Stewardship: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, ed. R J Berry (London: T&T Clark, 2006) 291-311, Reprint of 2001 below. ISBN 0567030172
  • ‘Prolegomena’ in Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology, ed. Paul Metzger (London: T&T Clark, 2005) 9-20, ISBN 0567084000 hb. 0567084108 pb
  • ‘Introduction’ (pp. 1-12) and ‘The Baptism of Christ’ (pp. 121-37) in Stephen R. Holmes & Murray Rae (eds) The Person of Christ (London: T&T Clark, 2005)
  • ‘Learning the Truth in a Christian University: Advice from Søren Kierkegaard’ in Jeff Astley Leslie J. Francis, John Sullivan & Andrew Walker eds. The Idea of a Christian University: Essays on Theology and Higher Education (Carlisle: Paternoster Press 2004) 98-112.
  • ‘The Forgetfulness of Historical-talkative Remembrance’ in International Kierkegaard Commentary: Practice in Christianity, Robert L. Perkins (ed) (Macon GA: Mercer University Press, 2004) 69-94.
  • ‘Creation and Promise: Towards a Theology of History’, in ‘Behind’ the Text? History and Biblical Interpretation, Craig Bartholomew, C. Stephen Evans, Mary Healey & Murray A. Rae (eds) (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2003) 263-95.
  • ‘A Remnant People: The Ecclesia as Sign of Reconciliation’ in The Theology of Reconciliation, Colin E. Gunton (ed) (London: T&T Clark, 2003) 93-108.
  • ‘Kierkegaard, Barth and Bonhoeffer: Conceptions of the Relation Between Grace and Works’ in International Kierkegaard Commentary: For Self Examination and Judge for Yourself! ed. Robert L. Perkins (Macon, GA.: Mercer University Press, 2002) 143-67
  • ‘To Render Praise: Humanity in God's World’ in Science and Christianity. Festschrift in Honour of Harold Turner & John Morton, ed. L.R.B Mann (Auckland: University of Auckland Centre of Continuing Education, 2001) 177-201
  • ‘In Earthen Vessels: Considerations Concerning Homosexuality and Ministry’, in More Than a Single Issue; Theological Considerations Concerning the Ordination of Practising Homosexuals Murray A. Rae and Graham Redding (eds) (Adelaide: Australian Theological Forum, 2000) 252-67.
  • ‘The Status of Doctrine: Kierkegaardian Explorations’ in The Task of Theology Today eds. Victor Pfitzner & Hilary Regan (Melbourne: Open Book, 1998) 147-68. Reprinted in UK edition: (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1999)
  • ‘Engaging the Academy: Encountering Gospel & Culture in the University’ in Collision Crossroads: The Intersection of Modern Western Culture with the Christian Gospel. ed. John Flett (Auckland: The DeepSight Trust, 1998) 55-60.
  • ‘Is the Family Really the Basis of Good Society?’ in What is Family? eds. Robyn Dixon and Vivienne Adair (Auckland: University of Auckland, 1996) 31-42.
  • ‘On Bearing Witness to the Truth’ in Theological Fragments eds. D. Bruce Hamill and Murray Rae (Dunedin: Lada Publications, 1994) 108-117.

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