Dr Kevin Wagner

BSc (Maths) - USyd, BTeach (Sec) - UWS, MA (Maths) - USyd, MDiv (Phil) - SCD, PhD - JPII-Melb
Lecturer in Theology and Post-Graduate Theology Coursework Program Coordinator

Email: kevin.wagner@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4163

  • Biography

    Dr Kevin Wagner is the principal convener of the Theology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium conference series and co–editor of the eponymous book series. He is a lecturer in Theology at the University of Notre Dame, Australia – Sydney, specialising in Patristic Theology, Early Church History, and Scripture. Kevin was previously the Director of the Emmanuel School of Mission in Rome, a role he shared with his wife. He has a background in Secondary school teaching and has taught Mathematics, Religious Education, and Information Technology at both government and Catholic schools in Sydney, Melbourne and London. Kevin and his wife are currently responsible for the La Communauté de l’Emmanuel (Emmanuel Community) in Sydney.

  • Teaching Areas

    Patristics
    Early Church History
    Scripture
    Theology for Education students

  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    Patristics
    Church History
    Evangelisation
    Neo-Platonic philosophy

  • Books

      • Wagner, Kevin, M. Isabell Naumann, and Peter J. McGregor (eds). Ecclesiology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2020.
      • Neil, Bronwen, Doru Costache, and Kevin Wagner. Dreams, Virtue and Divine Knowledge in Early Christian Egypt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
      • Wagner, Kevin, M. Isabell Naumann, Peter J. McGregor, and Paul Morrissey (eds). Mariology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2017.
  • Book chapters

    • Wagner, Kevin. "The Festal Letter in the Life of the Church: A Study of the Festal Letters of St Cyril of Alexandria." In  Ecclesiology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium, edited by Kevin Wagner, M. Isabell Naumann, and Peter McGregor, 191-212. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2020.
    • Wagner, Kevin. “Towards a Patristic Theology of Barrenness.” In Mariology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium, edited by K. Wagner, M. I. Naumann, P. J. McGregor, and P. Morrissey, 226-242. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2017.
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • Wagner, Kevin. “Book Review - Jonathan Hicks, Trinity, Economy, and Scripture: Recovering Didymus the Blind (Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2015).” Phronema 32 (2017): 106-114.
    • Wagner, Kevin. “The Second Person of the Trinity in the Hymns of Synesius of Cyrene and Gregory of Nazianzus’ Poemata Arcana and Orations.” Phronema 31 (2016): 59-96.
    • Wagner, Kevin. "Theophilus of Alexandria and the Episcopal Ordination of Synesius of Cyrene." Phronema 29 (2014): 127-172.
  • Conference papers

    • Wagner, Kevin. "Becoming a Social Human Being (κοινωνικὸς ἄνθρωπος): Communal Life as a Path to Deification in the Ascetical Works of Basil of Caesarea." Paper presented at Theological Anthropology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium Conference, University of Notre Dame, Australia, Sydney, Feb 2020.
    • Wagner, Kevin. "The Outsiders: A Survey of Exclusion and Inclusion in the Christian Scriptures." Paper presented at Third Annual Religious Freedom Conference: Religious Freedom and Inclusivity – Compatibility, Conflict and the Future. November 28th - 29th 2019. University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOzzMM2mpEI&feature=emb_logo.
    • Wagner, Kevin. "Sharers in the Mission: A Step towards a Renewed Understanding of the Relationship between Pastors and Laity". Paper presented at ACTA Conference, Melbourne, July 2018.
    • Wagner, Kevin. "The Festal Letter in the Life of the Church–A Study of the Festal Letters of St Cyril of Alexandria." Paper presented at Ecclesiology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium Conference, University of Notre Dame, Australia, Sydney, Feb 2018.
    • Wagner, Kevin, “Called to Attention: Prosochē in John Chrysostom’s Homilies on Genesis.” Paper presented at St Andrew’s Patristics Symposium 2016, St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney, September 2016.
    • Wagner, Kevin, “Virginity and Infertility: Barren Fruitfulness in ‘de virginitate’ Literature of the Fourth and Fifth Centuries.” Paper presented at Mary at the Beginning of the Third Millennium, University of Notre Dame, Australia, Sydney, March 4-5, 2016.
    • Wagner, Kevin, "The Second Person of the Trinity in the Hymns of Synesius of Cyrene and Gregory of Nazianzen’s Poemata Arcana and Orations." Paper presented at St Andrew's Patristics Symposium 2014, St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney, September 2014.
    • Wagner, Kevin, "Theophilus of Alexandria and the Episcopal Ordination of Synesius of Cyrene." Paper presented at St Andrew's Patristics Symposium 2013, St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney, September 2013.
    • Wagner, Kevin, "The Authority and Power of a Regional Bishop in Late Antiquity – A Case Study based on the Letters of Synesius of Cyrene." Paper presented at XL Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis, Rome, May 2012.
    • Wagner, Kevin, "The Duty to Truth - A Case Study from the Early Church." Paper presented at the Sixth National Symposium on Religious Education - Perspectives on Religious Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, ACU, Sydney, June-July 2009.
  • In the media

  • Professional Affiliations:

    • Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques / International Association of Patristic Studies (AIEP-IAPS)
    • ACTA (Australian Catholic Theological Association)
  • Community Engagement

    • Co-responsible for the La Communauté de l’Emmanuel (Emmanuel Community) in Sydney.
    • Member of the advisory board of Sumner House.