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Andrew McGowan

Professor Andrew McGowan
BA(Hons) WAust, BD(Hons) MelbCollDiv, MA, PhD NotreDame
Warden and Joan FW Munro Professor of Historical Theology
Warden's Office

Andrew McGowan has been Warden of Trinity College since 2007. An Anglican priest, historian and educator, he studied Classics and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia, Theology at Trinity, and undertook doctoral studies in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame in the USA. He was formerly a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle, and was Associate Professor of Early Christian History at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before returning to Trinity as Director of its Theological School and Joan FW Munro Lecturer in Theology in 2003.

His scholarly work on the social and intellectual life of early Christian communities has been published in leading journals in the USA and Europe, and in his book Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals (Oxford: Clarendon, 1999) and God in Early Christian Thought (Leiden: Brill, 2009). He is a member of learned societies including the Society of Biblical Literature and the North American Patristic Society. He is also a Canon of St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, and a member of the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia. In October 2012, he was elected one of the 10 Foundation Professors of the MCD University of Divinity, Australia’s first specialist university.


  • Practice and Belief in the Early Church (UFT)
  • Making, Feeding and Housing Christians (UFT)


  • Warden & President of Trinity College
  • Member of Senatus and Council, UFT

Church and Community

  • Member of the Board of Directors, St Michael's Grammar School
  • Member of the General Synod, Anglican Church of Australia
  • Member of the Hughes-Cheong Lectureship Trust
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Institute of Spiritual Studies, St Peter's, Eastern Hill

Research Interests

  • Eucharistic origins, food and meals in antiquity
  • Early North African Christianity
  • Anglican Theology

Publications & Presentations


Recent Publications

'Eucharistic Meals and Christian Assemblies in Early Third-Century Carthage', in Religious Life at Carthage in Late Antiquity, 200–700 CE (ed. Jane Merdinger; RGRW; Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

'Eucharist and Sacrifice: Cultic Tradition and Transformation in Early Christian Ritual Meals', in Mahl und religiöse Identität im frühen Christentum: Meals and Religious Identity in Early Christianity (ed. M Klinghardt & H Taussig; TANZ 56; Tübingen: Francke, 2012), 191–206.

'The Ancient Limits of Modern Religion: Perpetua, Augustine and the Construction of the Secular', Pacifica 23 (2010): 267-80. 

'To Use and To Enjoy: Augustine and Ecology', St Mark’s Review 212 (2010): 89-99.


'Rethinking Eucharistic Origins', Pacifica 23 (2010): 173-91.


'God in Early Latin Theology: Tertullian and the Trinity', in Andrew B McGowan, Brian E Daley SJ and Timothy J Gaden, eds, God in Early Christian Thought: Essays in Memory of Lloyd G. Patterson (Leiden: Brill, 2009).


'Jesus Calling: Religion in the Songs of David McComb', in Vagabond Holes: David McComb and The Triffids (Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2009), 117–27.


'Truth and Reconciliation in the Church: Theological Perspectives', St Mark’s Review 205 (August 2008): 125–36.


'Tertullian and the ‘Heretical’ Origins of the ‘Orthodox’ Trinity,' Journal of Early Christian Studies 14 (2006): 437–57.

'Tertullian and the ‘Heretical’ Origins of the ‘Orthodox’ Trinity,' Journal of Early Christian Studies 14 (2006).

'Worship and the "Mission-shaped Church"’, St Mark’s Review 200 (2006).

'Food, Ritual, and Power,' in Viriginia Burrus, ed, A People’s History of Christianity 2: Late Ancient Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005), 145–64.

'Dangerous Eating? Jesus, Inclusion, and Communion,' Liturgy: Journal of the Liturgical Conference 20/4 (2005), 13–20.