Jason Goroncy (Rev Dr)

SAMSUNGSenior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, University of Divinity

Jason teaches in the area of systematic theology at the University of Divinity in Melbourne, and is an ordained minister with the Baptist Union of Victoria and the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Prior to arriving at the University of Divinity in 2015, he served as a pastor of Baptist and Uniting churches, as a lecturer at the Koh Lo Traw Theological College on the Thai-Burma border, as a lecturer and Dean of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership in New Zealand, as a primary and secondary school teacher, and as a rubber stamp maker.

His current research interests lie chiefly in the areas of theological anthropology (with a particular focus on death), trauma studies, and the work of the Scottish theologian P. T. Forsyth.

He has published with ABC Religion and Ethics, ATF Press, Blackwell, Bloomsbury, Brill, The Christian Century, The Conversation, de Gruyter, Oxford University Press, Sage, T&T Clark, Wiley, and Wipf and Stock.

Among his many affections are cooking (especially Indian and Sri Lankan dishes), reading, visual arts, bushwalking, cycling, 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’). He cheers for the Melbourne City Football Club, the Western Bulldogs, the Boston Red Sox, the Chelsea Football Club, the Scotland national rugby union team, the Williamstown Seagulls, and the Indian Cricket Team. He cheers a lot. 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 (online) | CT8001W | CT8701W (online). Offered:  2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Being Human (UD unit codes: CT2705W (online) | CT3705W (online) | CT9705W (online). Offered: 2016, 2019)
  • Church: The Quest for Christian Community (UD unit codes: CT2020W | CT3020W |CT9020W. Offered: 2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Death (UD unit codes: CT3011W | CT3711W (online) | CT9011W | CT9711W (online). Offered: 2017, 2020)
  • John Calvin: Thought and Legacy (UD unit codes: CH3028W | CT3028W | CH9028W | CT9028W. Offered: 2016, 2020)
  • Suffering, Faith, and Theodicy (UD unit codes: CT3029W | CT9029W. Offered: 2015, 2018)
  • Theology and the Arts (UD unit codes: CT2009W | DP2009W | CT3009W | DP3009W | CT9009W | DP9009W. Offered: 2016, 2019)
  • Theology, Poetry, and Imagination (UD unit codes: CT3026W | DP3026W |CT9026W | DP9026W. Offered: 2018)
  • War, Trauma, and Peace-making (UD unit codes: CT9xxxW. Offered: 2020)
  • Who is Jesus? (UD unit codes: CT2002W | CT2702W (online) | CT3002W | CT3702W (online) | CT9002W | CT9702W (online). Offered: 2016, 2018, 2020)
Current Projects
  • P. T. Forsyth: Life and Thought
  • ‘The Roots that Clutch’: A Theology of Death
  • Figuring Trauma
  • T&T Clark Handbook of the Doctrine of Creation (editor)
  • Imagination, Art, and Theology: Interpreting These Times (coeditor)
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)