Dr U-Wen Low

Assistant Professor of Public Religion

U-Wen’s qualifications lie in the Book of Revelation, but his research has taken him further afield. As a former practicing minister, he is particularly interested in ways of applying religious studies to daily life in practical, meaningful ways.


  • PhD in Biblical Studies, University of Divinity, Melbourne
  • BTh (Honours) in Biblical Studies, University of Divinity, Melbourne
  • BA in Psychology / Criminology, University of Melbourne 


I began my journey into academia from my undergraduate studies, where I completed a Bachelor of Theology with Honours and subsequently commenced a PhD in Biblical Studies under an Australian Postgraduate Award at Whitley College within the University of Divinity in Australia. My doctoral work drew together Biblical Performance Criticism, Visual Exegesis, and Biblical Postcolonial Criticism in order to explore the Book of Revelation as a Greco-Roman dramatic performance. Subsequently, I have continued to explore many of these areas, in particular BPC and postcolonial thinking. 

From 2014, I began adjunct teaching online for Harvest Bible College, and in 2017 I became the Head of Higher Education Content Development, part of a team responsible for putting together an entirely online asynchronous Bachelor of Theology. In 2018, Harvest Bible College merged with Alphacrucis College, where I taught New Testament and was responsible for various academic writing modules. Over time, I was appointed Program Director for the Master of Arts, and then Program Director for the Master of Theology, and was appointed Senior Lecturer. I concluded my employment with Alphacrucis in late 2021. 

Throughout my academic career, I have been deeply interested not only in the Book of Revelation and the New Testament, but also in the relationships between power, dominance, and identity as set out in the Christian texts, and as played out in 21st century societies. This has informed my thinking, research, and teaching, and I especially welcome students who are interested in exploring these same issues. 


I have a number of key research areas and interests. My primary area of expertise is the Book of Revelation, and different critical frameworks for interpreting both Revelation and other NT texts: biblical performance criticism, visual exegesis, and postcolonial criticism. However, I am also deeply interested in the interplay between postcolonial thinking and Pentecostalism, and have applied this in several peer-reviewed publications.


Recent publications


Low, U-W 2023, 'Who tells the story? Challenging audiences through performer embodiment.', Religions, vol. 14, no. 8. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel14081040, https://doi.org/10.3390/rel14081040

Low, U-W 2022, 'Wait, witness, worship: (limited) human agency as resistance in the Book of Revelation', Australian Biblical Review, vol. 70, pp. 101-115.

Low, U-W 2020, 'Towards a Pentecostal, Postcolonial Reading of the New Testament', Journal of Pentecostal Theology. https://doi.org/10.1163/17455251-02902004

Low, U-W 2020, '“Out of the Great Ordeal”: Reading Revelation in a Global Pandemic', Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice, vol. 27, no. 1. <https://hail.to/laidlaw-college/publication/Y6IeSLx/article/PSMS4cG>

Low, U-W 2019, 'Praecones and the Trumpet-Bearing Angels of Revelation', Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 77-91.

Low, U-W 2019, 'Then I Saw: The Influence of Albrecht Durer's Apocalypse as Paratext', Religion and the Arts. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685292-02304001

Low, U-W 2014, '‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ Postcolonialism, mimicry and hidden transcripts in the book of Revelation', Pacifica: Australasian Theological Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1030570x14558408

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Low, U-W 2023, Cosmology as Agnostic Self-Actualization in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. in AD Thrasher & AM Freeman (eds), Theology, Fantasy, and the Imagination. Theology, Religion, and Pop Culture, Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 115-131. <https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781978712188/Theology-Fantasy-and-the-Imagination>


Low, U-W 2022, Bordered Churches, Borderless Spirit. in J Havea (ed.), Bordered Bodies, Bothered Voices: Native and Migrant Theologies. Intersectionality and Theology Series, Pickwick Publications. <https://wipfandstock.com/9781666707663/bordered-bodies-bothered-voices/>

Low, U-W 2020, An Apocalypse That Welcomes Others? Reading Revelation Peacefully. in A Rees (ed.), Things that Make for Peace: Traversing Text and Tradition in Christianity and Islam. Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 91-102.

Special issue

Low, U-W (Guest ed.) & Davies, A (Guest ed.) 2022, 'Worship and the Megachurch', Journal of Contemporary Ministry, vol. 6. <https://www.journalofcontemporaryministry.com/index.php/jcm/issue/view/11>

Low, U-W (Guest ed.) & Riches, T (Guest ed.) 2021, 'The Spirit’s Voice from the Margin: Disentangling Australasian Pentecostalism from White Hegemony', Australasian Pentecostal Studies, vol. 22, no. 2. <https://aps-journal.com/index.php/APS/issue/view/590>

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