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The Rev’d Dr Cathy Thomson

Contact Details

Position: Lecturer in Systematic Theology



Doctor of Philosophy, 2002
Flinders University

Bachelor of Theology (Hons, 1st Class), 1994
Flinders University

Diploma of Pastoral Studies, 1993
Adelaide College of Divinity

Bachelor of Theology, 1993
Flinders University

Bachelor of Arts English and History, 1976
University of Stirling, U.K.

Diploma of Education, 1976
University of Stirling, U.K.

Areas of Teaching

Systematic Theology


Cathy is an ordained priest of the Anglican Church of Australia lectures in Systematic Theology at St Barnabas College, Adelaide, which is affiliated with the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University. Cathy gained a doctorate in Systematic Theology through the Flinders University of South Australia in 2002.  She has lectured in the general area of Christian Theology, as well as in Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, Sacramental Theology and Feminist Theology.  Her main research interests are in Postmodern Theology and its interface with linguistics and language theory. Cathy has been involved in the teaching of theology since 1994.

Cathy has worked in parish and diocesan ministry, and has sat on a number of church Councils, Boards, Committees and Synods including the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia.  She has had a number of coordinating roles within the ecumenical movement at a diocesan, national and international level.

Cathy enjoys good books and film, is learning about opera, and loving it! She is a keen gardener, and loves cooking.  She also enjoys swimming and walking.


“Situating Lambeth 1:10 as discourse in the life of the Anglican Church” in A. Cadwallader (Ed), A Kaleidoscope of Pieces, ATF Press, Adelaide, Australia, 2016.

“Women and Reconciliation in the Anglican Church,” in Heather Thomson (ed), Taking Stock: the joy and challenge of ordained women in the Anglican Church of Australia, St Mark’s Review, A Journal    of Christian Thought and Opinion, No 228, Canberra, May 2014.

“Scripture as Normative Source in Theology” in Greg Jenks (ed) The Once and Future Scriptures, Polebridge Press, Oregon, US, 2012

“Dis-coursing the Covenant” in The Anglican Communion Covenant, St Mark’s Review, A Journal of Christian Thought and Opinion, No 220, Canberra, May 2012.

Thomson and V. Pfitzner (eds), Ordination of Women: Interdenominational Perspectives, Interface Series, ATF Press, Adelaide, 2005

“Reader Response Criticism” in S. Cowdell and M. Porter (eds), Lost in Translation: Anglicans, Controversy and the Bible. (The Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church in Australia), Northcote Publishing, Australia, 2004.

Thomson and M. Porter (eds), Faithfulness in Fellowship: A study guide, (For the Doctrine Commission, Of the Anglican Church of Australia, Broughton Books, Vic, Australia, 2003.

Thomson and D. Edwards “Natural Law and Homosexuality” in Faithfulness and Fellowship, (For the Doctrine Commission, Of the Anglican Church of Australia), John Garrett, Vic. AUS. 2001.

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