Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Research Staff

Dr David Newheiser

Dr David Newheiser
MPhil (University of Oxford), PhD (University of Chicago)

Philosophy, Religion, and Culture

Dr David Newheiser works in the areas of classic Christian thought and contemporary continental philosophy. He joined the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2015. Before coming to the ACU he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin.

His research focuses on the relation between secular philosophy and Christian thought with a particular focus on Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Dionysius the Areopagite. He is also pursuing ongoing research projects on the subjects of power and biopolitics, orthodoxy and heresy, allegorical exegesis and the history of sexuality.

His first book, The Darkness of Hope, responds to contemporary critiques of religion by developing a constructive account of hope. He has published articles on the gift of love, transformation and triumphalism, the responsibilities of reading and the debate over same-sex unions. He is co-editor of a volume on the relation between faith and desire.

Key publications

ed. ‘The Secularization of Hope’, Special issue of Political Theology 17 no. 2 (2016).

Theology and the Secular’, Political Theology 17 no. 4 (2016): 378-89.

Foucault, Gary Becker and the Critique of Neoliberalism’, Theory, Culture & Society 33 no. 5 (2016): 3-21.

Eckhart, Derrida, and the Gift of Love’. In Desire, Faith and the Darkness of God, edited by David Newheiser and Eric Bugyis, 430-56. Notre Dame: The University of Notre Dame Press, 2015.

and Eric Bugyis, eds. Desire, Faith and the Darkness of God. Notre Dame: The University of Notre Dame Press, 2015.

Sexuality and Christian Tradition: Innovation and Fidelity, Ancient and Modern’, Journal of Religious Ethics 43 no. 1 (March 2015): 122-145.

Eckhart, Derrida, and the Gift of Love’, The Heythrop Journal 56 no. 6 (2014): 1010-1021. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2012.00754.x.

Foucault and the Practice of Patristics’. In Studia Patristica LXII, edited by Markus Vinzent, 81-87. Leuven: Peeters, 2013, 81–7.

Eschatology and the Areopagite: Interpreting the Dionysian Hierarchies in Terms of Time’. In Studia Patristica LXVIII, edited by Markus Vinzent, 215-21. Leuven: Peeters, 2013, 215–21.

Derrida, Jacques. I. Derrida and Jewishness’. In The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Volume 6. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013.

Tradition, Novelty, and the Need for Discernment’, The Living Church (29 Jan 2012): 19–22.

Time and the Responsibilities of Reading: Revisiting Derrida and Dionysius’. In Reading the Church Fathers, edited by Scot Douglass and Morwenna Ludlow, 23-43. London: T&T Clark, 2011.

Ambivalence in Dionysius the Areopagite: The Limitations of a Liturgical Reading’. In Studia Patristica XLVIII, edited by F. Young, M. Edwards, and P. Parvis, 211-16. Leuven: Peeters, 2010.