Dr. Stephen Chavura

Lecturer in History

BA Hons (WSU) PhD (UNE)



Stephen Chavura teaches European and Australian history. Before he worked at Campion he lectured in political philosophy at Macquarie University. He has published in numerous journals including History of European Ideas, Journal of Religious History, and Australian Journal of Political Science. His most recent (co-authored) book is Reason, Religion, and the Australian Polity: A Secular State? (Routledge, 2019). He also written many opinion pieces that have appeared in The Australian, Spectator Australia, and ABC Religion and Ethics.

Dr. Chavura likes many things about teaching at Campion, including the community atmosphere, the excellent library, and the relationship between staff and students. Most of all he likes teaching in an institution whose mission aligns with his own: to come to grips with the greatest events that have ever taken place and the greatest ideas that have ever been thought.

Stephen Chavura’s publications can be accessed at https://independentscholar.academia.edu/StephenChavura.
They include the following:



  • (2011) Tudor Protestant Political Thought 1547-1603, (Leiden, Brill)
  • (2019) Reason, Religion, and the Australian Polity: A Secular State? (with John Gascoigne and Ian Tregenza), (London, Routledge)


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • (2019 with Ian Tregenza) ‘The ‘Secular’ Settlement and Australian Political Thought’, Australian Journal of Political Science, 54(2): 272-287.
  • (2018) ‘The Christian Social Thought of Sir Robert Menzies’, Lucas: An Evangelical History Review, (2)12 (December): 19-46.
  • (2015 with G. Melleuish) ‘Conservative Instinct in Australian Political Thought: The Federation Debates, 1890-98’, Australian Journal of Political Science, 50(3): 513-528.
  • (2015) ‘Mixed Constitutionalism and Parliamentarism in Elizabethan England: The Case of Thomas Cartwright’, History of European Ideas, 41(3): 318-33.
  • (2014) ‘“…but in its proper place….” Religion, Enlightenment, and Australia’s Secular Heritage: The Case of Robert Lowe in Colonial NSW 1842-1850’, Journal of Religious History (2014a), 38 (3): 356-376.
  • (2010) ‘The Separation of Religion and State: Context and Meaning’, Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, (December 2010), 7 (4), 37-47.
  • (2003) ‘The Universes of John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes: Towards an Understanding of Calvin’s Anthropology and his Political Thought’, Churchman (UK), (February 2003).


Scholarly Book Chapters

  • (2016 with G. Melleuish) ‘Utilitarianism contra Secularism: The Official and Unauthorised Civic Religion of Australia’, in W. Coleman (ed.), Only In Australia: The History, Politics and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism, (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp.62-80.
  • (2015 with I. Tregenza) ‘A Political History of the Secular in Australia, 1788-1945’, in T. Stanton (ed.), Religion after Secularization in Australia, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp.3-31.
  • (2013) ‘On Separating Religion from Politics’, in J. Jose and R. Imre (eds.), Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Nexus of Politics and Religion in the 21st Century, (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar, 2013), pp.15-25.
  • (2011) ‘The Secularisation Thesis and the Secular State: Reflections with Special Attention to Debates in Australia’, in J. Barbalet, A. Possamai & B. Turner, Religion and the State: A Comparative Sociology, (Anthem Press, New York. 2011), pp.65-92.


Select Opinion Pieces