Emeritus Professor Garry Trompf

Emeritus Professor Garry Trompf


Phone: +61 2 9351 6838

Address: Room N426, John Woolley Building

Research Interests

  • Pacific and Australian (SW Pacific) Religion Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Melanesian Religions
  • History of Ideas

Selected Publications


  • Trompf, G. (2007). Early Christian Historiography Narratives of Retribution. London,UK and Oakville, United States: Equinox Publishing.
  • Trompf, G. (2006). Religions of Melanesia: a bibliographic survey. Westport, CT USA: Praeger Publishers.
  • Trompf, G. (2005). The Religions of Oceania. New York: Routledge.
  • Trompf, G. W. (2004). Melanesian religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Swain, T., & Trompf, G. W. (1995). The religions of Oceania. Psychology Press.
  • Trompf, G. W. (1994). Payback: The logic of retribution in Melanesian religions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Trompf, G. W. (Ed.). (1990). Cargo cults and millenarian movements: transoceanic comparisons of new religious movements (Vol. 29). Walter de Gruyter.
  • Trompf, G. W. (1979). The idea of historical recurrence in Western thought: from antiquity to the Reformation (Vol. 1). University of California Press.

Book Chapters

  • Trompf, G. (2015). Australian Methodist Scholars. In Glen OBrien, Hilary M. Carey (Eds.), Methodism in Australia: A History, (pp. 225-241). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  • Trompf, G. (2015). Cargo Cult. In Robert Segal, Kocku von Stuckrad (Eds.), Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, (pp. e1-e4). Leiden: Brill.
  • Trompf, G. (2015). Do ut des. In Robert Segal, Kocku von Stuckrad (Eds.), Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, (pp. e1-e4). Leiden: Brill.
  • Trompf, G. (2015). Gift/Giving. In Robert Segal, Kocku von Stuckrad (Eds.), Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, (pp. e1-e4). Leiden: Brill.
  • Trompf, G. (2015). The Ararat Factor: Moral Basics in Western Political Theory from Isaac Newton to John Stuart Mill. In Uwe Blasing, Victoria Arakelova, Matthias Weinreich (Eds.), Studies on Iran and the Caucasus: Presented to Proj Gamik S. Asatrian on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday, (pp. 629-666). Leiden: Brill.
  • Trompf, G. (2013). Theosophical Macrohistory. In Olav Hammer, Mikael Rothstein (Eds.), Handbook of the Theosophical Current, (pp. 375-403). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.
  • Trompf, G. (2012). Christianity in Melanesia: Transforming the Warrior Spirit. In Charles E Farhadian (Eds.), Introducing World Christianity, (pp. 244-258). United Kingdon: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Trompf, G. (2012). History and the end of time in new religions. In Olav Hammer and Mikael Rothstein (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to New Religious Movements, (pp. 63-79). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Trompf, G., Bernauer, L. (2012). Producing Lost Civilisations: Theosophical Concepts in Literature, Visual Media and Popular Culture. In Carole Cusack and Alex Norman (Eds.), Handbook of New Religions and Cultural Production, (pp. 101-131). Leiden: Brill.
  • Trompf, G. (2012). Religion and Politics: An Introduction. In Ravi Bhatia (Eds.), Religious Plurality, Gandhian Thought and Environmental Issues, (pp. 77-103). New Delhi: IMH.
  • Trompf, G. (2011). Introduction: Athanasius Kircher as Esoteric Thinker and the State of Kircher Scholarship. In Elizabeth Fletcher (Eds.), A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, Germanus Incredibilis, (pp. xxi-xxxiv). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.
  • Trompf, G. (2008). Religion and violence: a macrohistorical perspective. In William W Emilsen and John T Squires (Eds.), Validating Violence - Violating Faith Religion, Scripture and Violence, (pp. 187-217). Adelaide: ATF Press.
  • Trompf, G. (2007). Of Colligation and Reification in the Representation of Religion (and Violence). In John O'Grady and Peter Scherle (Eds.), Ecumenics from the Rim, (pp. 179-186). Berlin: LIT Verlag.
  • Trompf, G. (2007). Ritual and Identity Markers in Melanesia: Ethnohistorical Perspectives. In Anatoly Malafeev (Eds.), Social Innovations in Cultural Process: Art of Management, (pp. 146-169). Samara, Russia: Samara Branch of Moscow State University of Service.
  • Trompf, G. (2006). Theology: Where to Begin? In Ian Weeks and Duncan Reid (Eds.), A Thoughtful Life: Essays in Philosophical Theology, (pp. 113-133). Adelaide, South Australia: ATF Press.
  • Trompf, G. (2004). A Survey Of New Approaches To The Study Of Religion In Australia And The Pacific. In Peter Antes, Armin W. Geertz, Randi R. Warne (Eds.), New Approaches to the Study of Religion: Volume 1; Regional, Critical, and Historical Approaches, (pp. 147-181). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Trompf, G. (2004). Cargo Cults. In Christopher Partridge (Eds.), Encyclopedia of New Religions: New Religious Movements, Sects and Alternative Spiritualities, (pp. 271-276). Oxford UK: Lion Hudson Plc.
  • Trompf, G. (2004). From The Esoteric To The Exoteric And Back Again. In Edward Fitzpatrick Crangle (Eds.), Esotericism and the Control of Knowledge, (pp. 22-62). Sydney: Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney.
  • Trompf, G. (2004). On Wondering About Wonder: Melanesians And The Cargo. In J. K. Olupona (Eds.), Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous reliogous traditions and mocernity, (pp. 295-313). New York and London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Trompf, G. (2002). Easter Island: Site of the First Pacific Cargo Cult. In Giovanni Casadio (Eds.), Ugo Bianchi: Una Vita Per La Storia Delle Religioni, (pp. 441-465). Rome: Il Calamo.
  • Trompf, G., Hamel, G. (2001). Introduction. In The world of religions: essays on historical and contemporary issues: in honour of professor Noel Quinton King for his eightieth birthday, (pp. 3-14). Delhi: Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (ISPCK).

Journal Articles

  • Trompf, G. (2015). Australian Methodist Theological Education and Theologians. Aldersgate Papers, 11, 53-76.
  • Trompf, G. (2015). New Religious Movements in Oceania. Nova Religio: journal of alternative and emergent religions, 18(4), 5-15.
  • Trompf, G. (2013). Ethno-Religious Minorities in the Near East: Some Macrohistorical Reflections with Special Reference to the Zazas. Iran and the Caucasus, 17(3), 321-344.
  • Trompf, G. (2012). After the Dust has Settled: On Dawkinsian scholarship in The God Delusion. Uniting Church Studies, 18(2), 29-40.
  • Trompf, G. (2012). Macrohistory and End-Time Beliefs in New Religious Movements: Un tour d'horizon. Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, 3(1), 59-109.
  • Trompf, G. (2011). Durkheim on Original and Aboriginal Religion: Issues of Method. Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, 1(2), 263-282.
  • Trompf, G. (2011). Imagining Macrohistory? Madame Blavatsky from Isis Unveiled (1877) to The Secret Doctrine (1888). Literature and Aesthetics, 21(1), 43-71.
  • Nasoraia, B., Trompf, G. (2011). Mandaean Macrohistory. ARAM Periodical, 22(2010), 391-425.
  • Trompf, G., Nasoraia, B. (2011). Reflecting on the 'Rivers Scroll'. ARAM Periodical, 22(2010), 61-86.
  • Trompf, G. (2011). The classification of the sciences and the quest for interdisciplinarity: a brief history of ideas from ancient philosophy to contemporary environmental science. Environmental Conservation, 38(2), 113-126.
  • Trompf, G. (2010). The epistle of Jude, Irenaeus, and the Gospel of Judas. Biblica, 91(4), 555-581.
  • Trompf, G. (2005). Isaac Newton and the Kabbalistic Noah: Natural Law Between Mediaevalia and the Enlightenment. Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism, 5(1), 91-118.
  • Trompf, G. (2005). The art of payback. Literature and Aesthetics, 15(1), 195-207.
  • Trompf, G. (2002). Introduction I: Long History of Dead Sea Scrolls Scholarship. Journal of Religious History, 26(2), 123-144.
  • Trompf, G. (2002). La teoria della meraviglia e i cultu del cargo in Melanesia. Religioni e Societa , 23-46.