Dr Richard A. Davis

Richard Davis

Richard Davis

Dr Davis is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Ethics.

At PTC since September 2014.

Prior to coming to PTC, Richard worked for many years in central and local government in Aotearoa. As a student, he was very active in Student Christian Movement Aotearoa and is currently an Elder and lay preacher in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Immediately prior to coming to Fiji Richard worked as the Clerk of the Presbytery of Wellington in the PCANZ. He has previously worked for the General Assembly office of the PCANZ in social justice, administration, and communications roles. Richard studied for the PhD at New College, Edinburgh on the Council for World Mission scholarship, graduating in 2013.

Richard is a former International Fellow at the Kettering Foundation in Ohio (2003) and continues to be interested in deliberative democracy and the contribution of civil society to democracy. He teaches across the fields of theology and ethics, with a special focus on Christian social ethics and political theology. He is a regular contributor to the PTC’s Institute of Mission and Research programme in Leadership and Management.


Contact and Other Websites


  • PhD (University of Edinburgh)
  • MA(Hons) (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • BTheol(Hons) (University of Otago)
  • DipGrad (University of Otago)
  • BBS (Massey University)

Research and Teaching Interests

Research interests include:

  • Social Issues
  • Political theology
  • Public theology
  • Christian social ethics
  • Christian anarchism
  • Ecotheology
  • Climate change
  • Faith-based activism

Recent Presentations

  • “The Sin of Disobedience and the Violence of Obedience” to the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago, Dunedin (5 September 2017) and Wellington (8 September 2017)
  • “Reading Martin Luther in a Climate Change Affected Pacific” an Open Lecture at the University of Otago, Dunedin (4 September 2017)
  • “Prosperity Preaching and the Kingdom of God”‘ to ECREA’s forum on “Re-Visiting the Life of Christ and Restoring the Heart of His Message: The Kingdom of God”, Epworth House, Suva, Fiji Islands (20 July 2017)
  • “A Biblical and Theological Perspective to Managing Common Resources in the Context of Climate Change in the South Pacific” to the Oceania Biblical Studies Association, Auckland, New Zealand (21 April 2017)
  • “Luther’s Theology of Creation and Climate Change in the Pacific” to 500 Years of Reformation – A Celebration, Pacific Theological College, Fiji Islands (17–18 March 2017)
  • “Public Theology in the Context of Climate Change and Fiji’s Unchanging State of Exception” to the Global Network for Public Theology Consultation, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (October 2016)
  • “The Sin of Disobedience and the Violence of Obedience”‘ at the Pacific Centre of Peacebuilding’s Pacific Peace Conference, GPH, Suva, Fiji Islands (19 September 2016).
  • “The Commons: A Pacific and Theological Perspective on Managing Common Resources” to ECREA’s ‘Seminar and Deliberative Forum on Climate Justice in Rethinking and Reclaiming our Common Home’, Novotel, Lami, Fiji Islands (13 April 2016).
  • “Biological Metaphors for Church and Ecclesial Eugenics in an Evolutionary Age” to the School of Social Sciences seminar, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Islands (13 November 2015)
  • “The Relationship between the State and Violence” to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana (16 January 2015)
  • “Pure Social Justice: The Unity of James 1:27 and Political Theology” to The Bible: Culture, Community and Society Conference, University of Winchester (13 July 2011)

Recent Publications

  • “The Rainbow Covenant, Climate Change, and Noah’s Exile,” The Pacific Journal of Theology Series II, 54 (2015): 37–44. [read]
  • “If You Want Peace, Go In Peace,” Refresh: Journal of Contemplative Spirituality 15, no. 2 (Winter 2015): 30–33.
  • “True and False Spirits for ‘Unity’ and ‘Peace’: Ephesians 4:3 in Political Perspective,” Reformed World 60, no. 3 (December 2010): 203–213.
  • “Love, Hate, and Kierkegaard’s Christian Politics of Indifference,” in Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives, ed. Alexandre J. M. E. Christoyannopoulos (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), 82–105.
  • “Social Capital and Strong Communities in New Zealand,” in Race, Neighborhoods and the Misuse of Social Capital, ed. James Jennings (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 145–156.
  • “From Patriotism to Peace: Considering September 11,” Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice 9, no. 4 (November 2001): 37–41.
  • “Towards a Christian Social Ecology,” Pacifica 13, no. 2 (June 2000): 181–201.

PhD Thesis

“The Political Church and the Profane State in John Milbank and William Cavanaugh”  – online

Blog Posts

Contributions to the Political Theology Blog.

Supervision and Teaching at PTC (since 2014)

Successful Supervision of Research Students

  • Verenaisi Toga (MTh, 2017) – ‘Promoting Dauniyau Vinaka in the Methodist Church in Fiji through John Wesley’s Teachings’
  • Leinamau Seru (BD(Hons), 2017) – ‘Women’s Ordination in the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu: A Theological Contribution’
  • Berenike Bakarere (MTh, 2016) – ‘Oi N Aomata: A Christological Exploration of Marriage in the Midst of Violence against Wives in Kiribati Context’ [PTC Opac]
  • Josaia Betomakita (MTh, 2016) – ‘Re-Thinking Vakanomodi: Towards an I Taukei Theology of Silence in Contemporary Fiji ‘ [PTC Opac]
  • Esala Nasaroa (MTh, 2015) – ‘Kalougata, the Horizon of God’s Presence and Blessing: Towards a Methodology for Fijian Theology’ [PTC Opac]

Courses Taught at PTC


  • Introduction to Contextual Theology (BD)
  • P50CF02 Methods in Ethics (MTh)


  • C50RD01 Foundations of Theology (CWMST)
  • P50CF02 Methods in Ethics (MTh)
  • P50SF04 Violence and Nonviolence in the Christian Tradition (MTh)
  • P10CF01 Academic Skills (MTh) (15%)
  • P10CF02 Research Skills (MTh) (15%)
  • B50BF06 Ecumenism and Interfaith Studies 2 (BD) (15%)