David Bennett


Prof. Joshua Hordern


Wycliffe Hall

Research Overview:

Queering the Queer: how can Homosexual Celibate Ascesis (HCA) renew and inform the role of desire in Anglican moral and pastoral theology?

Research Area/s: 

Desire, Asceticism, Anthropology, Systematic and Analytic Theology, Augustine, Queer Theory and Theology, Anglican Moral and Pastoral Theology


I received a double B.A. degree in Cultural Studies and French International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2012 after which I worked in public relations for the government and not for profit sector in Australia. In 2017, I completed a PGDip in Theology at Regents Park College, Oxford and in 2018, an MLitt in Analytic and Exegetical Theology at the University of St Andrews under the tutelage of Profs. Alan Torrance and N T Wright with distinction. My masters research was a reconstructive critique of Sarah Coakley’s The New Asceticism, and first volume of her systematic theology, God, Sexuality and the Self.



Select Publications:

A War of Loves, Zondervan Academic: Grand Rapids, 2018 (Apologetic Memoir)


Distinguishing Between Divine and Human Persons: N T Wright and Douglas Campbell’s Interpretations of the Body and Grace in Paul (under review), Colin Gunton Essay Prize, IJST.

Academic Interests: 

French, postmodern theory, critical theory, Christian theology, ethics, the body, environmental ethics, gender and sexuality, patristics, New Testament, Pauline studies, poetry and literature

Academic Related Activities: 


Asceticism and Hearing the Command in Ethics: Kierkegaard and Barth’s Understanding of Scripture’s Authority in (Re-)Forming Desire, Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, September 2020

Ascesis and Ecstasy: The Apologetics of Desire in C.S. Lewis and Sarah Coakley, Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, 2019


Co-convenor of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Postgraduate Conference 2020-2022

Founding member of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ College of Evangelists.