Members of the Christianity and Atheism committee as at January 2012 are:

  • Stephen Ames
  • Roland Ashby
  • Philip Brown
  • Denise Cooper-Clarke
  • Bishop Barbara Darling
  • John Pilbrow
  • Meg Warner
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Denise Cooper-Clarke is a graduate of medicine and theology with a Ph.D in medical ethics. She is a voluntary researcher with ETHOS (Evangelical Alliance Centre for Christianity and Society), an adjunct Lecturer in Ethics at Ridley Melbourne, and a tutor in medical ethics at the University of Melbourne. She is also chair of the Ethics Committee of the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia, and a Fellow of ISCAST (Institute for the Study Of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology). Denise and her husband David worship at the parish of St. Hilary’s, Kew/North Balwyn.

Bishop Barbara Darling was a trained high school English/History teacher and librarian in NSW before studying at Ridley Melbourne. She became a tutor then lecturer and librarian at Ridley while completing her MA at Melbourne University on Australian church history. Barbara was made a trained woman worker in 1981, a deacon in 1986 and priest in 1992, and was vicar at Ascot Vale, Sandringham and then Dandenong. In 2008 she was consecrated bishop, serving first in Diocesan Ministries and since July 2009 as Bishop of the Eastern Region in Melbourne.

Emeritus Professor John Pilbrow was for 36 years an academic staff member of the Physics Department, Monash University, nine as Head of Department. Author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications and one book, he won the 1998 Bruker Prize in the UK for EPR Spectroscopy. He was President of The Australian Institute of Physics (1999-2000), The International EPR Society (1999-2002) & ISCAST (Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science & Technology) (2006-9). He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the UK Journal, Science & Christian Belief since 2002.​

Meg Warnerteaches Old Testament at Trinity College Theological School in Melbourne, where she is currently Morna Sturrock Doctoral Fellow, completing doctoral studies focusing in the Genesis Abraham narratives. In prior lives she taught and practiced law, and more recently spent three years as Executive/Research Assistant to the Primate, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall.

Canon Dr Stephen Ames lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science programme at The University of Melbourne. He has a Ph.D. in physics and a Ph.D. in philosophy of science. For the last nine years he has been the main lecturer in ‘God and the Natural Sciences’ for second and third year students. Over a hundred students enrol each year. Forty percent are committed atheists. Forty percent are committed to a religious tradition. Twenty percent are agnostics. Stephen is a canon of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Roland Ashby is the Editor of TMA (The Melbourne Anglican) and Director of Communications for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. He has an MA in Theology from Melbourne College of Divinity, and also a keen interest in apologetics and theodicy and how the Church can more effectively communicate and commend gospel values and the core beliefs of Christianity.​

The Revd Phillip Brown grew up in Armidale, Northern NSW in a loving Christian family. He is the middle child of three. Before commencing his PhD in philosophy, Phillip sensed God’s calling to ministry rather than a career in academia. He immediately enrolled at Ridley Melbourne and joined the Ordination stream in 2004 to test this calling. Phillip was Ordained in 2007 as Deacon and is currently a priest in the Diocese of Melbourne.


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