Michael O’Neil

Michael O'Neil

Director Vose Research; Head of Department of Christian Thought

BTh, MTh (Hons), PhD (Murdoch University), Cert IV TAE

Hi, and welcome! My name is Michael and I am the Director Vose Research and Head of Department of Christian Thought at Vose. This is my sixth year at Vose—as a faculty member at least!—and I teach Christian theology and ethics. Before taking my position here I was pastor at Lesmurdie Baptist Church for five years, and over the years I have had fairly extensive experience in pastoral and teaching ministries. I am married to Monica and together we have three adult children who are now all married to wonderful partners. Over the years I have published several articles and chapters in addition to Church as Moral Community: Karl Barth’s Vision of Christian Life, 1915-1922 (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2013).

I love the way reading and studying theology has deepened my faith, broadened my vision, enriched my ministry and changed my life. I hope you find that studying theology brings you into closer proximity to and alignment with Jesus. I blog at Theology and Church: Scripture, Theology, and the Obedience of Faith. You can join the conversation at theologyandchurch.com.


2000, Bachelor of Theology – Murdoch University

2001, Master of Theology (Honours) – Murdoch University

2008, Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Research Interests

Karl Barth; with a focus on his early career and theology, and his doctrine of election. Also, ethics and ecclesiology.

  • TH404-604 – Church, Sacrament & Ministry
  • TH304-504 – Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • CH301D-501D – The Church to 1550

Chapters and articles

‘Beyond Identity Crises? The Future of Baptist Theology’ in, Michael Parsons (ed), Beyond 400: Exploring Baptist Futures, (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2011), 56-72.

‘In Praise of Worship: Reflections on the Trinitarian Nature of Christian Devotion’ in, David J. Cohen and Michael Parsons (eds), In Praise of Worship: Text and Practice, (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2010), 232- 249.

‘In the Power of the Lamb – and of the Lion: Power and Weakness in the Early Theology of Karl Barth’ in D. J. Cohen & M. Parsons (eds), On Eagles’ Wings: An Exploration of Strength in the Midst of Weakness (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2008).

‘Ethics & Epistemology: Ecclesial Existence in a Postmodern Era’, Journal of Religious Ethics 34.1 (2006) 21–40.

‘Communities of Witness: Reflections on the Concept of Election in the Old Testament and the Theology of Karl Barth’ in M. Parsons (ed.), Text and Task: Scripture & Mission (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2005) 172–186.

‘Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election’, Evangelical Quarterly 76 (2004) 311–326.

Book reviews

S. W. Chung, Admiration and Challenge: Karl Barth’s Theological Relationship with John Calvin (New York: Peter Lang, 2002) in Colloquium 37 (2005) 214–217.

R. E. Burnett, Karl Barth’s Theological Exegesis: The Hermeneutical Principles of the Römerbrief Period (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2001) in Colloquium 37 (2005) 99–103.

F. Jehle, Ever Against the Stream: The Politics of Karl Barth 1906–1968 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002) in Colloquium 35 (2003) 172–174.


PhD (Murdoch): Title: Forming Moral Community: Karl Barth’s Vision of Christian and Ecclesial Existence, 1915-1922.