The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

BD (Hons) (London), MA (Lancaster), PhD (Adelaide), FAHA. 

Before joining the University of Queensland in 1982, he studied for his PhD in the philosophy of religion at the University of Adelaide.   He served as the Head of the Department of Studies in Religion from 1986-93 and from 1996-2000, and was Foundation Head of the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics from 2001-2005. He became a member of the centre in 2006.

His recent books include The Devil: A New Biography (Cornell UP and I.B. Tauris, 2014), The Lancashire Witches (I.B. Tauris, 2012), England’s First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and his Discoverie of Witchcraft   (I.B.Tauris 2011), Adam and Eve in Seventeenth-Century Thought (Cambridge University Press, 1999, 2008), Heaven and Hell in Enlightenment England (Cambridge University Press, 2004, 2008), The Witches of Warboys:  An Extraordinary Story of Sorcery, Sadism, and Satanic Possession (I.B.Tauris, 2008), Demonic Possession & Exorcism in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2004, 2007). He is currently working on a history of the afterlife in Western Thought.

Room:   Room 504, Level 5, Forgan Smith Building


Recent articles and book chapters

  • “John Napier and the Mathematics of the 'Middle Future’ Apocalypse,” Scottish Journal of Theology 63 (2010): 54-69.
  • "John Mason and his Religion: An Enthusiastic Millenarian in late 17th-Century England," The Seventeenth Century 24 (2009): 156-76.
  • "King James I and the Burning of Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft: The Invention of a Tradition," Notes and Queries 56 (2009): 209-213.
  • "Thomas Brightman and the Origins of Philo-semitism: An Elizabethan Theologian and the Restoration of the Jews to Israel," Reformation and Renaissance Review 9 (2007): 3-25.
  • "Adam, Pre-Adamites, and Extra-Terrestrial Beings in Early Modern Europe,” Journal of Religious History 30 (2006): 163-74.
  • “‘The Witches of Warboys’:  A Bibliographical Note,” Notes and Queries 52 (2005): 192-3.

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