JOHN C. MCDOWELL, after nine years of lecturing at the University of Scotland, has recently taken up an appointment to the Morpeth Chair of Theology at the University of Newcastle, NSW. He is the author of Hope in Barth’s Eschatology (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2000), and The Gospel According to StarWars: Faith, Hope and the Force (Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox, 2007), and the co-editor of Conversing With Barth (Aldershot UK: Ashgate, 2004). Main research areas have been the theologies of Karl Barth and Donald MacKinnon, theology of hope, and theology’s engagement with popular culture, and with tragic drama. Currently, he is working on a book addressing the prospects of approaching Barth’s theology as a conversation.
ANNE ELVEY is an adjunct research fellow in the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash University, and an honorary research associate with the Melbourne College of Divinity. She is the author of An Ecological Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Luke: A Gestational Paradigm (Mellen, 2005). Her current research focuses on ecological hermeneutics and the materiality of the text. Her poetry has appeared in a number of journals in Australia, most recently Eureka Street, Mascara Literary Review and Going Down Swinging.
HENRY NOVELLO taught Systematic Theology at The University of Notre Dame (Fremantle) for five years and is currently Honorary Visiting Scholar, School of Theology, The Flinders University of South Australia. He has published in Gregorianum, Colloquium, as well as Pacifica, and is currently seeking to publish a manuscript on a theology of death. His research interests at present are centred mainly on issues of eschatology, but Christological issues, Christian anthropology, the theology-science dialogue, and Christian-Jewish relations are also of considerable interest.
JOHN MARTIS teaches philosophy at Jesuit Theological College, Parkville, where he is currently Principal. His philosophical interest has focussed on the possibility of a poststructuralist account of subjectivity. That question, addressed in his Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe: Representation and the Loss of the Subject (New York: Fordham University Press, 2005), he has subsequently intertwined with the question of faith, in articles that include “Awaiting Faith: Jacques Derrida and the Impossible Encounter with Death”, Pacifica 18 (2005) 1-17. The contribution in this issue has been adapted from a lecture given in December 2008 at Marquette University, under the auspices of the Wade Chair.
TERRY VELING teaches at St. Paul’s Theological College, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. He taught for many years in the United States, most recently at St Thomas University, Miami. His most recent book is Practical Theology: On Earth, as It Is in Heaven (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 2005).
BRENDAN BYRNE, Editor-in-Chief of Pacifica since 2000, teaches New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, Parkville. He is the author of nine books, the most recent being A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark’s Gospel (Strathfield, NSW: St Paul’s Publications, 2008), and is currently working upon a popular reading of the Fourth Gospel.