Teaching for Humanity

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T.S. Eliot once stated that the question of education inevitably leads is to the question of humanity - what are human beings and what are they for? Amongst the gifts of God to us in the Scriptures is an all-encompassing anthropology, which shows us how true humanity applies to our physicality and spirituality, our work and our play, our capacity and our incapacity. But are our schools interested in the humanity of our students? What would it mean for our structures, our curriculum, our faculty, and our results, to teach with humanity in mind?

Speaker: Dr Mark Stephens

Dr Mark Stephens is lecturer in Biblical and Integrative Studies and Chaplain at Excelsia College. He has a PhD in Ancient History from Macquarie University, where he studied cosmic eschatology in the book of Revelation. Between 2004 and 2007, Mark was the Young Adults Director at St Paul’s Castle Hill, overseeing a ministry to 200 college students. In his spare time he enjoys Campos coffee, the humour of Monty Python, the music of Patty Griffin, and the sheer absurdity of being a Parramatta Eels supporter. 


Stephens, Mark B. (2011). Annihilation and Renewal: The Meaning and Function of New Creation in the Book of Revelation. Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen.

Book chapters

Articles on “Heaven” and “Lion will lay down with the Lamb” in Mary A. Beavis and Michael Gilmour (eds.), Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2012).

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Stephens, Mark B. (2010). ‘Work and the New Creation’, CASE 24, pp 10-14.

Stephens, Mark B. (2010) ‘The Complexity of the Christian Vote’, On Line Opinion: Australia’s eJournal of Social and Political Debate, August.

Video Recording

Downloadable Lecture Resources