Christian Stephens

Lecturer

Email: christian.stephens@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4400

  • Biography

    Christian Stephens B. Ex. Sc (ACU), MPhil (NDA), MA (CIS) has been lecturing and tutoring in the School of Philosophy and Theology since 2012. He is currently pursuing Doctoral studies on the nature of idolatry and it's contemporary significance.

  • Teaching Areas

    Moral Theology
    Fundamental Theology
    Dogmatic Theology

  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    The philosophy and theology of St Thomas Aquinas

  • Book chapters

    • Stephens, Christian, 'Revelation and Truth', in Brook, A. (ed.), An Introduction to Philosophy and Theology within Catholic Liberal Education, Sydney, McGraw-Hill, 2015, pp.210-219.
    • Stephens, Christian, 'The Theological Virtues', in Brook, A. (ed.), An Introduction to Philosophy and Theology within Catholic Liberal Education, Sydney, McGraw-Hill, 2015, pp.287-295.
    • Stephens, C. & Morrissey, P., 'Moral Theology', in Brook, A. (ed.), An Introduction to Philosophy and Theology within Catholic Liberal Education, Sydney, McGraw-Hill, 2015, pp.296-303.
    • Stephens, Christian, 'Ultimate Happiness', in Brook, A. (ed.), An Introduction to Philosophy and Theology within Catholic Liberal Education, Sydney, McGraw-Hill, 2015, pp.320-327.
    • Stephens, C. & Brook, A., 'Philosophical and Theological Reflection', in Brook, A. (ed.), An Introduction to Philosophy and Theology within Catholic Liberal Education, Sydney, McGraw-Hill, 2015, pp.328-336.
  • Journal Articles and Proceedings

    • Stephens, Christian. “Catholic or Utopian? Two Irreconcilable Views about ‘Ideals’ in Veritatis Splendor.” Nova et Vetera. Forthcoming.
    • Stephens, Christian. “Mary and Youthfulness.” Apostles of Mary 39, no. 4 (2018): 20-32.
    • Stephens, Christian, ‘Theology of the Body’, Inform Magazine, no. 147 (2014), Catholic Adult Education Centre.
  • Conference Papers

    • “Screwtape, Acedia and Curiositas: Diagnosing the Contemporary Crisis in Moral Education” at Truth, Lies, Fake News & Moral Education, the World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy, Sydney, 28th May 2019.
    • ‘Is the moral good an ideal? An analysis of St John Paul II’s Veritatis Splendor’ at a Symposium on the 25th Anniversary of Veritatis Splendor, University of Notre Dame, Sydney, 18th October, 2018.
    • ‘Radical Inclusivity and Radical Exclusivity: St Thomas on the Unity of the Church’ at Ecclesiology in the Third Millenium, Notre Dame, Sydney, 23rd February 2018.
    • ‘Aquinas and Imperfect Happiness’ at Ethics, Virtue and the Catholic Tradition, Notre Dame, Sydney, 30th August 2017.
  • In the media

    Christian has contributed articles to The Catholic Weekly.

  • Community engagement

    Christian regularly gives talks at parishes, university chaplaincies, retreats and youth groups on areas in philosophy and theology such as Can an atheist make it to Heaven?, Clash of Orthodoxies: Answering the attack of Secularism, Are the ten commandments relevant in the 21st century?, The joy of the Gospel, The Resurrection: A reason to live, It’s my body: I’ll do what I want with it, The woman at the well, Atheism, An Introduction to the Marriage Debate, Dating 101, Discipleship, Faith in the 21st Century, Upon your call I cast my net, Who am I to judge?, When does a fetus become a person, Why do Catholics love sex?, Jesus turned bread into His Body, Life after Death, Does God exist?, Theology of the Body, and Philosophy of the Human Person.

  • Awards

    • Vice Chancellors Award for Initiatives enhancing Student Learning (2014)
    • School Letters of Merit in Teaching