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Dr Adam G. Cooper

Dr Adam G. Cooper BTh, GradDipMin, PhD (Durham), STL (Lateran), STD (John Paul II Institute Rome), Patristics, Theology of the Body

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Current Positions

Senior Lecturer and Permanent Fellow, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (Melbourne)
Member, International Association of Patristic Studies


Before becoming Catholic, Adam was a Lutheran pastor for ten years. His current research interests centre on incarnational and historical theology. He has published numerous scholarly and popular articles on theology and the Greek Fathers, with a focus on Maximus the Confessor and the theology of the body. His books include The Body in Saint Maximus the Confessor: Holy Flesh, Wholly Deified (OUP, 2005); Life in the Flesh: An Anti-Gnostic Spiritual Philosophy (OUP, 2008); Naturally Human, Supernaturally God: Deification in Preconciliar Catholicism (Fortress, 2014), and Holy Eros: A Liturgical Theology of the Body (Angelico Press, 2014).   

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Theology, Luther Seminary, Adelaide (1997)
  • Graduate Diploma in Ministry, Luther Seminary, Adelaide (1998)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Durham, England (2002)
  • Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (2009)
  • Doctorate in Sacred Theology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Rome (2011)
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Curtin University (2011)

Selected Publications

  • ‘Between the Councils: From Vatican I to Vatican II’, in David Meconi and Carl E. Olson (eds.), Called to be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016), 220-24.
  • ‘The Story of God and Eros’, in Colin Patterson and Conor Sweeney (eds.), God and Eros: The Ethos of the Nuptial Mystery (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2015), 91-103.
  • ‘The Gift of Receptivity: St Athanasius on the Security of Salvation’, in Alexandrian Legacy: A Critical Appraisal, eds. Doru Costache, Philip Kariatlis, Mario Baghos (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), 93-109.
  • ‘Redemption of the Human Body’, in The Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology, eds. Joshua R. Farris and Charles Taliaferro (Surrey: Ashgate, 2015), 277-92.
  • ‘Spiritual Anthropology in Ambiguum 7’, in The Oxford Handbook of Maximus the Confessor, eds. Pauline Allen and Bronwen Neil (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 360-77.
  • ‘Maximus on the Mystery of Marriage and the Body: A Reconsideration’, in Maxim Vasiljević (ed.), Knowing the Purpose of Creation through the Resurrection: Proceedings of the Symposium on St Maximus the Confessor, Belgrade, October 18-21, 2012 (Alhambra, CA: Sebastian Press, 2013), 195-221.
  • ‘Hope, a Mode of Faith: Aquinas, Luther and Benedict XVI on Hebrews 11:1’, The Heythrop Journal 53 (2012), 182-90.

Subjects Taught at the Institute

  • JP505/605 Philosophical Anthropology
  • JP550/650 Virtue Ethics and Natural Law
  • JP573/673 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • JP535/635 Foundations of Theological Anthropology
  • JP507/607 Eros, Logos, and Agape
  • JP521/621 Biblical Theology of Marriage and Family
  • JP525/625 Theology of the Body
  • JP518/618 Christ and Trinity in the Fathers