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The Rev’d Dr Steven Ogden

Contact Details

Position: Lecturer in Systematic Theology



Doctor of Philosophy
Flinders University

Master of Theological Studies
Flinders University

Bachelor of Divinity
Melbourne College of Divinity

Bachelor of Arts
Monash University


Areas of Teaching

Systematic Theology




  • Research Fellow Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University


  • Principal of St Francis Theological College Brisbane (2009-2016)
  • Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral Adelaide (2000-2009)



Steven Ogden is Research Fellow with the Public and Contextual Theology Centre, and adjunct lecturer in theology, Charles Sturt University Australia. He is former principal of St Francis Theological College Brisbane and Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral Adelaide. He is a member of the North American Foucault Circle, and the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy.

Steven’s research interests include political theology, political philosophy, gender-based violence, power-relations, entitlement, and masculinity. He is interested in the work of Etienne Balibar, Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, and Karl Rahner.



Books (refereed)

  • Violence, Entitlement, and Politics: A Theology on Transforming the Subject. New York and London: Routledge, 2021
  • The Church, Authority and Foucault: Imagining the Church as an Open Space of Freedom. New York and London: Routledge, 2018.
  • The Presence of God in the World: A Contribution to Postmodern Christology based on the Theologies of Paul Tillich and Karl Rahner. Bern: Peter Lang, 2007.

Book chapter

  • “Power: Michel Foucault, human identity and the church” in Speaking Differently: Essays in Theological Anthropology. Phillip W. Tolliday and Heather Thomson editors. Canberra: Barton Press, 2013, 127-144.
  • “Wisdom as well as facts” in The Once and Future Scriptures: Exploring the Role of the Bible in the Contemporary Church. Gregory C Jenks editor. Seattle: Polebridge Press, 2013, 43-61.
  • “In the spirit of Tillich: A postmodern christology based on the theology of Paul Tillich” in The International Yearbook for Tillich Studies: Jesus of Nazareth and the New Being in History. Volume 6. Christian Danz, Marc Dumas, Werner Schüßler, Mary Ann Stenger and Erdmann Sturm editors. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2011, 187-219.

Journal articles

Ad Hoc research journal reviewer

  • 2020 Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society
  • 2020 Religion and literature

Conference Papers

  • “Foucault and Christianity” round table discussion, 19th annual meeting of the Foucault Circle in Brisbane 2019, chaired by James Bernauer SJ.
  • “Violence: Political Rationality and Embodied Subjectivity”, Foucault Circle, Cleveland 2018.
  • “An Each-Way Bet: Foucault and Theology”, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy, Hobart 2017.
  • “Atonement and the sacralisation of obedience”, Australian New Zealand Association of Theological Schools, Melbourne 2016.
  • “True knowledge and ecclesial discourse”, Australian New Zealand Association of Theological Schools, Sydney 2015.

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