People speaking

Christopher Porter

The Revd Dr Christopher Porter

BPsych ANU, BIT Adel, GradDipDiv, GradCertTheol, MDiv, GradCertMin, MA(Th), PhD ACT
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Headshot of The Revd Dr Chris Porter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Chris Porter is a New Testament scholar working on the Fourth Gospel with a particular emphasis in the intersection of theology and psychology. Previously he has worked in personal and social identity and memory research, and in computational linguistics. Trained in Psychology at ANU he naturally brings a Social Identity (Tajfel & Turner, et al) framework to the consideration of the biblical text and theology. Broadly he has an interest in the science informed theology and Christian identity. Currently he is working on an introduction to Social Identity Theory; theological approaches to social identity formation in the Fourth Gospel; a reception history of the Christology of the Fourth Gospel; and narrative identity construction and Christian formation. 

Current Research Areas

  • Fourth Gospel and Social Identity Formation
  • Reception of Christology of the Fourth Gospel
  • Narrative Identity Construction and Christian Formation
  • Identity Construction and Apocalyptic Literature
  • Discursive Approaches to Social Group Arguments

Areas for Supervision

  • Socio-Scientific Criticism
  • Christology of the Fourth Gospel
  • Identity and Christian Formation
  • Narrative Discourse and Group Conflict


Community Engagement

  • General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia: 2014, 2017
  • Social Responsibilities Committee of the Diocese of Melbourne
  • Provincial Council: Victoria
  • Co-chair Multi-disciplinary Approaches to the Gospels, Institute for Biblical Research (2019 to present)
  • Board Member of Scripture Union Australia, Christian Research Association, and SparkLit