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Rev Dr Denis Minns op

Rev Dr Denis Minns op


BA (Hons) (Melbourne, 1974), TheolM (MCD, 1978), DPhil (Oxon, 1984)

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  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford (1984)
  • Master of Theology, Melbourne College of Divinity (1978)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne (1974)


Areas of Research Interest

Patristic theology (Christology): Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Athanasius, Leontius of Jerusalem.



I am a member of the Dominican Order. Before returning to Sydney I taught patristics, theology, early church history, Latin and Greek at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and before that at Catholic Theological College and Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne.


Select Publications

  • “Irenaeus of Lyon.” In The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics, edited by Ken Parry, 71–83. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015.
  • Yves Congar. Journal of a Theologian: 1946-1956. Translated by Denis Minns. Adelaide: AFT, 2015.
  • “The Parable of the Two Sons (Matt. 21:28-32) in Irenaeus and Codex Bezae.” In Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy, edited by Paul Foster and Sara Parvis, 55–64. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012.
  • Yves Congar. My Journal of the Council. Translation edited by Denis Minns. Adelaide: ATF, 2012.
  • Irenaeus: An Introduction. London: T&T Clark, 2010 / Irenaeus. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1994.
  • “Irenaeus.” In Early Christian Thinkers: The Lives and Legacies of Twelve Key Figures, edited by Paul Foster, 36–51. London: SPCK, 2010.
  • “Justin Martyr.” In The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity, Vol. 1, edited by Lloyd P. Gerson, 258–69. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Justin, Philosopher and Martyr: Apologies. Edited with an introduction, translation and commentary by Denis Minns and Paul Parvis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • “Early Christian History.” In The World’s Religions: Continuities and Transformations, edited by Peter Clarke and Peter Beyer, 164–76. Routledge: London, 2009.
  • “The Rescript of Hadrian.” In Justin Martyr and His Worlds, edited by Paul Foster and Sara Parvis, 38–50. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2007.
  • “Truth and Tradition: Irenaeus.” In The Cambridge History of Christianity, Vol. 1, Origins to Constantine, edited by Margaret M. Mitchell and Frances M. Young, 261–73. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.