Professor Neil Ormerod

Executive Officer (Research Analytics), Office of the Dean
BA(Hons), PhD, BD, TheolM, DTheol, FACTA

Neil joined the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) at the beginning of 2019, after working at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) for 14 years. He is widely published with 14 books and over 80 articles in peer reviewed journals and over 30 book chapters, with Australian and international publishers. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Catholic Theological Association, the first lay theologian so honoured. Previous to his position at ACU Neil worked in various Sydney College of Divinity colleges including the Catholic Institute of Sydney. His theological interests include the Trinity, Christian anthropology (sin and grace), historical ecclesiology and Christology. He is recognised as an expert on the work of Catholic philosopher and theologian, Bernard Lonergan.

His work with the Sydney College of Divinity is to focus on the research culture of the SCD, with a special interest in the research quality of the outputs of SCD faculty members. He works closely with the SCD Research Director Jim Harrison in running workshops and sessions to promote research quality across the various colleges of the SCD.

Areas of Interest

  • Trinity
  • Christian anthropology (sin and grace)
  • Historical ecclesiology
  • Christology

Research Strengths

  • Trinitarian and Christological theology
  • Historical ecclesiology
  • Natural theology
  • Christian anthropology

Currently working on

Neil is currently working on aspects of Trinitarian theology found in the Latin works of Bernard Lonergan, and their applications to a range of theological issues, including ecclesiology, Christology and the theology of grace. This has proved to be a fruit avenue of research resulting in a number of publications on leading international journals. He hopes to brings these strands together in a major book on God/Trinity.


Neil was made a Fellow of the Australian Catholic Theological Association (FACTA) in 2013, the first lay theologian to be so honoured.



2017 Faith and Reason: The Possibility of a Christian Philosophy
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017, 209pp.
2015 Foundational Theology: A New Approach to Catholic Fundamental Theology
with Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015, xiv+359pp.
2015 A Public God: Natural Theology Reconsidered
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015, xi+196pp.
2014 Re-Visioning the Church: An Experiment in Systematic-Historical Ecclesiology
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014, 416pp.
2013 Creator God, Evolving World
With Cynthia Crysdale, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013, xiv+168pp.

Book Chapters and Refereed Articles

2019 Grace, Nature and the theorem of the supernatural – a Trinitarian perspective
Louvain Studies,42 (2019), 26-42.
2019 Statistically Ordered: Gender, Sexual Identity, and the Metaphysics of ‘Normal’
with Jonathan Heaps, Theological Studies. 80 (2019), 346–369.
2018 Sacred heart, beatific mind: exploring the consciousness of Jesus
with Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer, Theological Studies 79 (2018): 729–744.
2018 Doing the will of the Father: Jesus’s Freedom and the Beatific Vision
Irish Theological Quarterly,83/3 (2018), 203–216.
2018 Social science and ideological critiques of ecclesiology
in Paul Avis (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology (Oxford: OUP, 2018), 553–72.
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