9.00-9.30: Arrival

9.30-10.30: Welcome & key-note address:

Christopher Haigh,[1] ”Introducing the Prayer Book in 1552 and 1662” 

The talk will examine the difficulties encountered in imposing the Book of Common Prayer in 1552 and reintroducing it in 1662, and discuss the mid-seventeenth century controversies about set or extempore prayer.

10.30-11.00: Morning tea

11.00-1.00: three 20-minute papers plus discussion

Brian Douglas,[2] “The Eucharistic Theology of the Book of Common Prayer in its Historical Context with Remarks on its Influence Today”

Eucharistic theology in the Book of Common Prayer has been variously interpreted with some arguing for realist assumptions are the underlying theological and philosophical concepts based on the idea of a sacramental principle.  Others deny this.  In this paper I will look at some of the interpretations of eucharistic theology in the BCP and refer to some aspects which illustrate this, including the “Declaration on Kneeling” or “Black Rubric” and the eucharistic liturgy itself.  Some comments on the multiformity of eucharistic theology in the Anglican tradition will also be made.

John Bunyan,[3]Morning Prayer Matters”

John finds that his argument for a revival of a re-invigorated BCP Matins and his questioning of a dominant liturgical paradigm has support in the writings of two academics – one liberal and one conservative (Aberdeen), a bishop evangelist (London), a Wycliffe College historian (Toronto), and a high church canon (Sheffield).  John’s “Morning Prayer Matters” (56 pp, $10) will be available – one of three small volumes in BCP@2012 celebrating the 350th anniversary in 2012 of the BCP.  It will be formally launched d.v. at Choral Matins in his parish church, St John the Baptist’s, Canberra in December.

Colleen O’Reilly,[4]Worlds Apart? Marriage and Funerals in 1662 and 1995”

Between 1662 and the most recent revisions of Anglican wedding and funeral rites in 1995, our world has changed beyond recognition.  This paper will compare those rites in context and explore their use in contemporary parish ministry.  The author is a working parish priest who has completed doctoral studies in rites and pastoral care.  

1.00-2.00: Lunch in the College Hall

2.00-4.00: Three 20-minute papers plus discussion

John McDowell,[5] “United in a Lifelong Education in Prayer”

The Book of Common Prayer is arguably a means of union among Anglican Christians:  a unity in prayer.  But it is also 'educating' in that it has to do with the formation of persons who learn to pray together how to be one in the grace of God.  This paper will focus its attention on the connection of prayer and education, since conceived well it may be able to open up a sense of what Christian unity might mean.  Key figures in the story will be Gavin D’Costa, Anselm of Canterbury, and John of Damascus. 

Fergus King,[6]Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: Worship and Doctrine in Revelation 4-5”

This paper looks at how the methodological premises of Historical Criticism may have marginalised the study of texts relating to worship and their theological significance, using Revelation 4 as a sample text.  It also suggests that the use of doctrinal vocabulary to interpret such texts may be problematic.  More cautious descriptive expositions may in the long run be more helpful than their overtly theological counterparts.

Scott Kirkland,[7] “Absence as Presence: The Long Prologue to Transfiguration”

This paper is an attempt to challenge some contemporary assumptions concerning the nature of divine presence and petitionary prayer. Kierkegaard’s Lutheran and anti-modern insistence upon the life lived as significant in the face of apparent failure, will allow us to consider the ways petition might be formed, not as request for situational change, but, as that moment of self-abandonment in which divine presence is most really seen, that is in seeming absence. 

4.30-5.00: Afternoon tea

6.30-8.00: Dinner (TBA: not in College and by separate/independent payment)

8.00-9.00: The Third Cable Lecture (new series): 

Michael Jensen,[8] “’Humble and Hearty Thanks’: Some Reflections on the Book of Common Prayer and the Lost Art of Thanksgiving”

The cult of consumption trades in an economy of pure exchange in which what we have is what we deserve – and that in which we can take pride. Notably, experts in the psychology of happiness are beginning to cite the habit of giving thanks as a path to more satisfied and integrated human living. But to whom does one give thanks? Fate? Karma? Lady Luck? The BCP’s thanksgivings instruct us in the humanizing habit of recognizing our utter dependence on the creator and redeemer. It giving us the words of thanksgiving it teaches us of the reality of divine grace.


REGISTRATION (including lunch): $30 ($20 concession)

Payment can be made on arrival but it will be essential to register beforehand:

Registration will close on 25 November 2011

Inquiries: Alan Atkinson, St Paul’s College (


This is the Third St Paul’s College Symposium.  Most of the papers from the First will be found in a special issue of the St Mark’s Review (no. 211, February 2010), with one additional paper in the following issue (no. 212, May 2010).  Most of the papers from the Second appeared in the Review, no. 215 (February 2011).  It is the intention similarly to publish papers from this symposium in the St Mark’s Review.  Thanks to Professor Tom Frame for this means of perpetuating the Symposium proceedings.   For the Review, go to






[1]           Dr Christopher Haigh taught at the University of Manchester and then for 30 years at the University of Oxford.  He retired in 2009 after five years as head of the Oxford History Faculty. His major works are English Reformations: Religion, Politics and Society under the Tudors (1993) and The Plain Man's Pathways to Heaven: Kinds of Christianity in Post-Reformation England (2007). He is now writing a volume on seventeenth-century English religion for the Oxford History of the Christian Church series.

[2]           The Revd Dr Brian Douglas is an Anglican priest who is currently the Rector of St Paul’s Manuka in Canberra and a Fellow of St Paul’s College.  He is also a Senior Lecturer in Theology at Charles Sturt University, lecturing in sacramental theology, Anglican foundations and interfaith dialogue at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra.  His two-volume book A Companion to Anglican Eucharistic Theology is to be published by Brill in February 2012.

[3]           The Revd John Bunyan, ordained by Bp Burgmann and a priest for over 50 years, was for 22 years a Sydney Rector. His many present activities include honorary ex-service chaplaincy and, before and since retirement in 2001, honorary senior chaplaincy at Bankstown Hospital. His post-graduate studies have been related, among other things, to pastoral liturgy.

[4]           The Revd Dr Colleen O’Reilly is Vicar of St George’s Malvern, and Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral in the Diocese of Melbourne. A life long Anglican, she is passionate about good inclusive parish-based ministry for each stage of life.  

[5]           Professor John C. McDowell is Morpeth Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Newcastle.  He is a graduate of Aberdeen and Cambridge.  His most recent publications include The Gospel According to Star Wars:  Faith, Hope and the Force (2007) and (as editor) Philosophy and the Burden of Theological Honesty: A Donald MacKinnon Reader (2011).

[6]           The Revd Dr Fergus King holds degrees from St Andrew’s, Edinburgh and the University of South Africa. He is currently Rector of the parish of the Good Shepherd in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, and a Conjoint Lecturer in Theology at the University of Newcastle (NT and missiology). He is a member of both the International Association for Mission Studies and the Fellowship for Biblical Studies, and is an Honorary Canon and Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Tanga in Tanzania.

[7]           Scott Kirkland is a PhD candidate in systematic theology at the University of Newcastle under John C. McDowell. His work is in Barth's doctrine of reconciliation, particularly his theology of judgement, in conversation with the work of Dostoyevsky and Kierkegaard. While at Newcastle he has received the Flechtheim Scholarship for his work on Bonhoeffer's ecclesiology and a university post-graduate scholarship award. 

[8]           The Revd Dr Michael P. Jensen, a graduate of Sydney University, Moore College and Oxford, lectures in theology at Moore College. He is the author of Martyrdom and Identity: The Self on Trial (2010) and, with Bp Tom Frame, Decisive Commitments and Defining Convictions: The Thirty-Nine Articles in Contemporary Anglicanism (2010). He is married with four children and lives in Newtown.