Jason A. Goroncy

Portrait with Emily Kam Kngwarray, Anwerlarr anganenty (Big yam Dreaming) 1995 0701Jason Goroncy is Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Divinity, and an ordained minister with the Baptist Union of Victoria and the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

He has published widely in the areas of public theology, theology and the arts, death, and the church.

His current writing projects include three monographs – on P. T. Forsyth; on death; and on trauma and resurrection. He is also editing the T&T Clark Handbook of the Doctrine of Creation (Bloomsbury) and coediting Imagination in an Age of Crisis: Soundings from the Arts and Theology (Wipf & Stock).

Among Jason’s many affections are cooking (especially Indian and Sri Lankan dishes), music, reading, visual arts, bushwalking, cycling, whisky, and birds. 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’.


  • PhD | University of St Andrews, Scotland (2010)
  • ADipMin | Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia (1999)
  • BTheol | Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia (1997)
  • BEd | University of Melbourne, Australia (1993)

Current Teaching

  • Beginning Theological Studies (UD unit codes: CT1001W, CT1701W, CT8001W, CT8701W).
  • Being Human (UD unit codes: CT2705W, CT3705W, CT9705W).
  • Church: The Quest for Christian Community (UD unit codes: CT2020W, CT3020W, CT9020W)
  • Death (UD unit codes: CT3011W, CT3711W, CT9011W, CT9711W)
  • John Calvin: Thought and Legacy (UD unit codes: CH3028W, CT3028W, CH9028W, CT9028W)
  • Suffering, Faith, and Theodicy (UD unit codes: CT3029W, CT9029W)
  • The God of Fiction (UD unit codes: CT3038W, CT9038W)
  • Theology and the Arts (UD unit codes: CT2009W, DP2009W, CT3009W, DP3009W, CT9009W, DP9009W)
  • Theology, Poetry, and Imagination (UD unit codes: CT3026W, DP3026W, CT9026W, DP9026W)
  • War, Trauma, and Peace-making (UD unit codes: CT9xxxW)
  • Who is Jesus? (UD unit codes: CT2002W, CT2702W, CT3002W, CT3702W, CT9002W, CT9702W)
  • Writing Well (UD unit codes: AL1020W, AL8020W)

Preferred Areas of Postgraduate Supervision

  • Public Theology
  • P. T. Forsyth
  • Reformed Traditions
  • Suffering
  • Theological Anthropology (with a particular focus on children, disability, and death)
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Theological Aesthetics
  • Theological Ethics
  • Trauma Studies
  • General areas of Christian thought (especially the doctrines of God, of creation, and of hope)