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Dr Benjamin Myers
Dr Benjamin Myers

Dr Benjamin Myers


BA (Hons), PhD (JCU)



Ben Myers specialises in the history of Christian theological thought in seventeenth-century England and twentieth-century Europe. His doctoral thesis, revised and published as Milton’s Theology of Freedom (2006), explored the theology of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost in the context of post-Reformation religious controversies.

With Professor Philip Almond, Ben is currently working on an ARC-funded project on early modern apocalypticism. He is developing independent projects on
the work of the twentieth-century Swiss theologian Karl Barth, and on the secularisation of politics in seventeenth-century England. He is also co-organising the University of Queensland symposium on Milton in Intellectual and Cultural History, and from September 2008 he will be a visiting fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton.

Ben is also co-ordinator of the CHED Affiliates program.


Milton’s Theology of Freedom. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2006. ISBN 3110189380. xiv, 210 pp.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

“‘Following the Way Which Is Called Heresy’: Milton and the Heretical Imperative,” Journal of the History of Ideas 69:3 (2008), 375-93

“Disruptive History: Rowan Williams on Heresy and Orthodoxy,” in On Rowan Williams: Critical Essays, ed. Matheson Russell (Eugene, OR: Cascade, forthcoming)

“From Faithfulness to Faith in the Theology of Karl Barth,” in The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical and Theological Studies, edited by M. F. Bird and P. M. Sprinkle (Carlisle: Paternoster, forthcoming)

"Faith as Self-Understanding: Towards a Post-Barthian Appreciation of Rudolf Bultmann," International Journal of Systematic Theology 10:1 (2008), 21-35

“The Stratification of Knowledge in the Thought of T. F. Torrance,” Scottish Journal of Theology 61:1 (2008), 1-15

(with Ross H. McKenzie) "Dialectical Critical Realism in Science and Theology: Quantum Physics and Karl Barth," Science and Christian Belief 20:1 (2008), 49-66

"Karl Barth as Historian: Historical Method in the Göttingen Lectures on Calvin, Zwingli and Schleiermacher," Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie 23:1 (2007), 96-109

“The Difference Totality Makes: Reconsidering Pannenberg’s Eschatological Ontology,” Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 49:2 (2007), 141-55

“Prevenient Grace and Conversion in Paradise Lost,” Milton Quarterly 40:1 (2006), 22-39

“Alister McGrath’s Scientific Theology,” in The Order of Things: Explorations in Scientific Theology, edited by A. E. McGrath (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 1-20
“Predestination and Freedom in Milton’s Paradise Lost,” Scottish Journal of Theology 59:1 (2006), 64-80

“Alister McGrath’s Scientific Theology,” Reformed Theological Review 64:1 (2005), 15-34

“Milton’s Paradise Lost, Book 11,” The Explicator 64:1 (2005), 14-17

Contributions to Reference Works

Six articles in The Milton Encyclopedia, ed. Thomas N. Corns. New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2008.

Over 300 entries in The Bibliography of Australian Literature, Vol. 3, ed. John Arnold and John Hay. St Lucia: UQP, 2007.

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