Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Dr David Kirchhoffer

Dr David Kirchhoffer

Religion and Theology

BSc (Wits), MPhil (St Augustine College of South Africa), MTS (KULeuven), MAS (KULeuven), PhD (KULeuven), STD (KULeuven)

Dr David G. Kirchhoffer is lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and is based at the McAuley Campus in Banyo, Brisbane. His teaching and research focus primarily on theological ethics. Born and raised in South Africa, he studied biology, psychology and theology before reading for his doctorate in theology under the supervision of Professor Johan Verstraeten at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law in Leuven in collaboration with Professor Kris Dierickx. In 2011, he took up a permanent post at ACU. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles and translations of scholarly texts, he is the author of Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics (2013).

Key publications

and Robyn Horner, and Patrick McArdle, eds. Being Human: Groundwork for a Theological Anthropology for the 21st Century. Melbourne: Mosaic Books; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics. Amherst, NY: Teneo Press, 2013.

and K. Dierickx. ‘Human Dignity and Biobanks’, Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik/ Annual Review of Law and Ethics 20 (2012): 247-258.

‘Bioethics and the Demise of the Concept of Dignity: Has Medicine Killed Ethics?’, Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 17 no. 2 (2011): 141-154.

and K. Dierickx. ‘Human Dignity and Human Tissue: A Meaningful Ethical Relationship?’, Journal of Medical Ethics 37 no. 9 (2011): 552-556.