Author

Jason GoroncyJason Goroncy is a pastor, theologian, and historian who teaches at Whitley College, University of Divinity, in Melbourne.

Among his many affections – not all of which are fully appreciated by his partner and their three begats – are cooking (especially Indian and Sri Lankan dishes), reading, visual arts, bushwalking, whisky, folk music, ornithology, and fishing (with a strong preference for fly fishing, on the basis of the undisputed fact that ‘all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen’ (Norman Maclean)). He believes in the superiority of old-fashioned shaving cream, leather shoes, cotton shirts, and loose-leaf tea. He has a strong preference for home-roasted coffee beans, and for second-hand clothing (his favourite pair of pyjamas once belonged to a very long-legged ‘Mr Ron Baker’). His golf game was much improved after reading John Updike’s essays  ‘Walking Insomnia’ and ‘Lost Balls’.

University Education
  • PhD                        University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • A.Dip.Min             Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia
  • B.Theol                 Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia
  • B.Ed                       University of Melbourne, Australia
Some Past and Present Responsibilities
  • Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Whitley College, University of Divinity, Australia. (2015–)
  • Member, Advisory Council for the Center for the Eucharist, USA. (2011–current)
  • Member of the Theology Network and Chair of the Church and Society working group, World Communion of Reformed Churches, Switzerland and Germany. (2010–current)
  • Review editor, Candour, New Zealand. (2010–14)
  • Member, Global Mission Office, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, New Zealand. (2011–14)
  • Advisor, Local Ministry Teams and Locally Ordained Ministry, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, New Zealand. (2009–14)
  • Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Church History, and Pastoral Care, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, New Zealand. (2008–14)
  • Dean of Studies, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, New Zealand. (2008–14)
  • Tutor, Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia. (1999)
  • Lecturer, Koh Lo Traw Theological College, Thailand. (1997–98)
  • Pastoral ministry, Baptist Union of Victoria and Uniting Church in Australia, Australia. (1993–97, 1999–2005)
Teaching
  • Beginning Theological Studies (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Who is Jesus? (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Theological Anthropology (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Suffering, Faith, and Theodicy (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • John Calvin: Thought and Legacy (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Church: The Quest for Christian Community (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • ‘Christianity without God’: Lloyd Geering, Slavoj Žižek, and the Nihilism of the Secular (postgraduate)
  • Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Witness of Faith (postgraduate)
  • Theology and the Arts (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Pastoral Care (postgraduate)
  • Presbyterian & Reformed Christianity (postgraduate)
  • Masters and doctoral supervision. Preferred areas of supervision:
    • Christian doctrine, especially the doctrines of God, christology, and ecclesiology
    • Theology and the Arts
    • Theological anthropology
    • Church and Society
    • P. T. Forsyth
    • Karl Barth
    • Theology of Ministry
Miscellanies

Jason’s research interests lie chiefly in the areas of Christian doctrine, theological anthropology (particularly around theologies of childhood, disability, and death), theological aesthetics, and P. T. Forsyth.

A list of his publications can be found here.

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