The Symposium Planning Committee is pleased to invite all those interested in presenting a paper at the 2019 St Andrew’s Third Theology Symposium, 'The Importance of Christology for the 21st Century', to submit the title of their proposed presentation, together with an abstract of 250-300 words by 15 July 2019.

The proposal should also be accompanied by the following contact details: a) title, b) name, c) institutional affiliation, d) postal address, e) contact number, and f) email address.

All submissions should be addressed to Dr Philip Kariatlis [email protected]

It is expected that the presentations will be 30 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for Q & A.

Registration costs, accommodation options and transport details will be available on the St Andrew’s website in the near future. 

Throughout the centuries practically most if not all theological investigation centred on the person and work of Jesus Christ, mandated of course by the various challenges during the Christian Church’s early years. In the contemporary setting, ongoing interest in Christology can be seen from the many studies which continue to be published exploring afresh both the scriptural witness and tradition in order to equip the Church more effectively in its mission to witness Christ now and into the future. All this demonstrates very clearly the centrality of this doctrine for Christianity both with regards to its existential and salvific implications.

This Symposium will explore both the various dimensions of this central teaching of the Christian Church, and equally importantly, ways that this can continue to speak into the present.

We welcome presentations from the different disciplines of Christian theology interested in further reflecting on this central doctrine of the Church, irrespective of their field of expertise, academic affiliations or denominational background. Indeed, it is hoped that this cross-disciplinary approach (whether this be systematic theology, patristics, ethics, biblical studies, church history, liturgics, etc) will contribute by casting further light - indeed a more enriching and holistic perspective - to this most significant Christian teaching.


Keynote Speakers

Plenary Sessions


There will be one keynote speaker who is an internationally renowned scholar. Revd Dr Demetrios Barthrellos has published widely Christology, specifically looking at the significance of the conciliar Christological decisions of the first common Christian millennium and how they speak to us today. Fr Demetrios hails from Greece where he teaches at the Greek Open University (Patra); he also teaches in the Cambridge Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies and the University of London. He has also been Visiting Research Fellow of King’s College (University of London). After graduating with a degree in philology and theology, Fr Demetrios pursued doctoral studies at the University of London at which he graduated in 2001. He is author of The Byzantine Christ: Person, Nature and Will in the Christology of St Maximus the Confessor (Oxford University Press, 2004) and An Outline of Dogmatic Theology (in Greek). He is a married clergyman of the Metropolis of Mesogeas and Lavreotikis (Church of Greece) and the father of five children.




Revd Prof. Gerald O’Collins AC SJ, an Australian Jesuit priest is currently Research Professor and Writer-in-Residence at the Jesuit Theological College, University of Divinity (Melbourne) and a research professor in theology at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham. For more than three decades, he was professor of systematic and fundamental theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In recognition of his immense contribution to theological scholarship and ecumenism, he was distinguished with the Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC). After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Fr Gerard went on to earn a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Heythrop University, London and a Doctorate in Theology at Cambridge University. He is a prolific author, with hundreds of articles in peer reviewed journals and over fifty mongraph publications, some of which include: Chistology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus Christ (1995); Christ our Redeemer: A Christian Approach to Salvation(2007); Jesus: A Portrait(2008) and Jesus our Priest: A Christian Approach to the Priesthood of Christ (2010).



Guidelines for Papers and Proposals

  1. Proposals need to be approx. 250-300 words
  2. If you are planning to present a paper and do not hold a doctorate, you are kindly asked to submit the entire paper by 15 July, 2019 together with your Curriculum Vitaeand a covering letter which will assist the Submission’s Panel.
  3. As noted, it is expected that presentations will be allotted approximately 30 minutes with some brief additional time for Q&A.
  4. Proposal needs to clearly state a title, together with an aim and the line of argument that will be taken.
  5. Those requiring the use of audio-visual equipment, need to indicate this in their proposal so that appropriate equipment can be prepared.
  6. All papers will be considered, even if not immediately related to the Symposium theme; first preference will be given to those which are more related to the theme of the Symposium.
  7. The abstracts, once peer reviewed and accepted will be published on the Theology Symposium page of St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College’s website.
  8. Further enquiries should be directed to Dr Philip Kariatlis - [email protected].
  9. Speakers will also be invited to publish their papers in the College’s peer reviewed journal, PHRONEMA.