The Catholic Institute


Dr Christopher Longhurst

Position: Lecturer/ Wellington Site CoordinatorChris Longhurst

Location: TCI National Office, Wellington

Qualifications: S.T.D., S.T.L., M.A., S.T.B. Pontificia Studiorum Universitas a Sancto Thoma Aquinate in Urbe, “Angelicum,” Rome, Italy

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Research Interests: Theological Aesthetics, Comparative Theology, Christianity and Islam.


Chris has been appointed a lecturer and the Wellington site coordinator for TCI. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology awarded summa cum laude for a dissertation on the theological significances of modern non-figural pictorial art. Chris is originally from Napier, New Zealand. He has taught at Victoria University of Wellington, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and Marymount International Institute, Rome, Italy. He served as an operatore didattico (“educational officer”) for the Scientific and Administrative Management of the Vatican Museums, Rome, since 2001. Chris's academic speciality is the interdisciplinary study of theology and aesthetics. He has a secondary research interest in Christian-Muslim dialogue, and he is also a member of the Wellington Theological Consortium with works in partnership between the Wellington Institute of Theology (Anglican), the Wellington Catholic Education Centre, the Wellington Pacific Bible College and Booth College of Mission (The Salvation Army), to advance the intellectual exploration of Christian faith and mission. Chris is also a member of the Wellington Interfaith Council.

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Selected Publications

Te Kahurangi o Māhutonga”, Stimulus, Laidlaw College, New Zealand, vol. 25/1, 2018.

Maryam bint ‘Imran as ‘Our Lady of Muslims’,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 52/3. (University of Pennsylvania Press), Summer 2017, pp. 465-469.

“Confluence between Christian and Muslim Iconography,” ENCOUNTER - Documents for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Pontifical Institute of Arabic Studies and Islamology, Rome, Italy, 42/1, 2017, 42 pp.

“Western Mosque and Muslim Integration: Identity Crisis and Resolution,” in Muslim Integration: Pluralism and multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia, Lexington Books, 2016, pp. 49-66.

“A Pictorial Response to Religious Disunity,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 49/4, Fall 2014, pp. 657-660.

“Palestrina’s Outworking of Sacred Music: Divine Infinitude and Omnipotence in the Sounds and Silences of Missa Papae Marcelli,” The Catholic Response X/3, November-December 2013, pp. 25-29.

“Eucharistic Spirit of Islam: Parallels between Islam and Christianity on the Eucharist,” ENCOUNTER - Documents for Muslim-Christian Understanding 382-383, Pontifical Institute of Arabic Studies and Islamology, Rome, Italy, February-March 2013.

“Approaching the Divine through Form and Colour: A theological reflection on the pictorial apophasis of Malevič and Reinhardt,” American Theological Inquiry: A Biannual Journal of Theology, Culture & History 5/2, Minneapolis, USA: 15 July 2012, pp. 67-82.

“Theology of a Mosque: The Sacred Inspiring Form, Function and Design in Islamic Architecture,” LONAARD, Art and Architecture Magazine – London 8/2, March 2012, pp. 3-13.

“Catholic Education Owed to All: The Church’s response to the universal right to basic education,” The Catholic Educator 14, Winter 2013, pp. 27-29.

“Mary in Islam: Importance of the Mother of Jesus the Messiah in the Qur’an,” The Catholic Response VIII/6, May-June 2012, pp. 6-14.

“A Sculpture Spurned: When Modern Art Meets Religion,America 206, 16, May 14, 2012, pp. 27-30.

“Formation of the Whole Person (Can. 795) – A perspective on what it means and how it might be achieved,” The Catholic Educator 13, Spring 2012, pp. 18-20.

“Thaborian Light: Reflections from the Greek tradition on The Transfiguration by Raphael,” L’Osservatore Romano 31, Vatican City State: 4 August 2010, p. 12.


Academic Memberships

  • Association of Practical Theology in Oceania
  • Australian Catholic Theological Association
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Società Italiana di Storia delle Religioni
  • Society for the Study of Theology