Philip is a Junior Research Fellow in philosophical theology, working at the intersections of philosophy and modern theology, especially as these arise in the context of contemporary society. He is particularly interested in the arenas of ‘natural theology’, metaphysics, epistemology, and human knowledge of God; philosophical and theological anthropology; modern Catholic theology; the nature and method of Christian theology; and religious belief, law, and public policy. The Ressourcement project and methodology of the French Jesuits, especially Henri de Lubac, are central to his researches.
Before coming to post-doctoral work in Oxford, Philip completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge under Professor Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity emerita, and Dr Andrew Davison, which re-assessed the contested question of natural theology and human knowledge of God in de Lubac's early work. There, he was also Assistant Chaplain at Fisher House, the Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy.
Prior to this, Philip undertook a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) at Boston College (Massachusetts, USA), and MDiv, MTS, and MA(Theol) degrees at the United Faculty of Theology, University of Divinity (Melbourne, Australia), where he wrote a thesis on the topic of biblical inspiration supervised by Professor Gerald O'Collins, SJ. Philip also holds a BA in history and political thought, and an LLB(Hons), from the University of Adelaide. Prior to joining the Jesuits, he practised as a solicitor in the field of corporate insolvency litigation. He is a priest of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus.
Philip is currently at work preparing a monograph on de Lubac's religious epistemology and natural theology, as well as an English edition of some of his early works, including De la connaissance de Dieu (1945, 1948).