Dr Victoria Lorrimar
I’m originally from Perth and arrived in Brisbane in July 2018. My academic journey started out in the sciences, with an undergraduate degree in genetics and biochemistry, but my interests have always been pretty broad. After a little time in the lab, I realised that the bigger questions I really wanted to spend my time thinking about could be better explored as a theologian.
I completed a Master of Divinity through the Australian College of Theology, while working first in the Western Australian Government in science and innovation, and then later in private neurodegenerative disorders research. This immersion in scientific and policy environments brought home to me how much theology and the wider humanities have to offer when it comes to shaping public understanding and ethical reflection.
I wanted to bring these interests together, and was given the opportunity to do so by undertaking a PhD in theology and science at the University of Oxford. My research (thesis currently under examination) considers how a theological understanding of what it means to be human can engage the prospect of technologies that promise to enhance human characteristics and abilities. I’m especially interested in how human imagination and creativity are understood in this context.
I love theology because it is so expansive – anything you might be interested in can be explored from a theological perspective. More than ever the church needs members with a well-informed, generous and resilient faith, and my passion is to help students wrestle with scripture, doctrine, and historical and contemporary interpretations as they come to their own understanding.
“Creatures Bound for Glory: Biotechnological Enhancement and Visions of Human Flourishing” (co-authored with Michael Burdett) Studies in Christian Ethics (forthcoming, 2019).
“Mind-Uploading and Embodied Cognition: A Theological Response”, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (forthcoming, 2019).
“Stanley Hauerwas: Witnessing Communities of Character” in Revising Orthodoxies: The History and Future of Ecumenical Theology, ed. P. Peterson (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, forthcoming 2019).
“Human Flourishing, Joy, and the Prospect of Radical Life Extension”, The Expository Times 129 (12), 2018: 554-561.
“The Scientific Character of the Created Co-Creator”, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 52 (3), 2017: 726-746.
“Are Scientific Research Programmes Applicable to Theology? On Philip Hefner’s Use of Lakatos”, Theology and Science 15 (2), 2017: 188-202.
“Human Uniqueness and Technology: Are We Co-Creators with God?” in Issues in Science and Theology: Are We Special? , eds. M. Fuller, D. Evers, A. Runehov and K. Saether (New York, NY: Springer, 2017).
“Church and Christ in the Work of Stanley Hauerwas”, Ecclesiology 11, 2015: 306-326.