My Academic Interests

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. My academic interest lie in the ways in which artists and theologians make known the Good News in the Reformation and pre-Enlightenment periods, centring in particular on the work of J.S. Bach. I have published extensively on the European and English Reformations, with a particular focus on Luther’s Reformation and the Catholic Reformation.


Andreas Loewe and Katherine Firth, Martin Luther and the Arts: Music, Images, and Drama to Promote the Reformation, Brill Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions 236 (Leiden: Brill, 2022): ISBN 978-90-04-52742-3.

Andreas Loewe and Katherine Firth, Journeying with Bonhoeffer: Six Steps on the Path to Discipleship (Melbourne: Morning Star, 2019): ISBN 978-06-47-53062-7.

Andreas Loewe, Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion (BWV 245): A Theological Commentary, Studies in the History of Christian Traditions 168 (Leiden: Brill, 2014): ISBN 978-90-26547-9.

‘Loewe’s commentary on the work itself is the most systematic available … it will serve an as invaluable companion to any who want to study and listen to this Baroque masterpiece in depth.’

Jeremy Begbie, The Journal of Theological Studies, NS 66.2 (2015), 857–859.

‘A substantial investigation into the theological issues relating to Bach’s music and major study of Bach’s St John Passion’.

Robin Leaver, The Routledge Research Companion to Johann Sebastian Bach (London: Routledge, 2017), 18

Andreas Loewe, Richard Smyth and the Language of Orthodoxy: Re-imagining Tudor Catholic Polemicism, Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought XCVI (Leiden: Brill, 2003): ISBN 90 04 12927 8.

‘Loewe is an extremely able theologian’.

C. T. Tuell, Renaissance Quarterly 57.3 (2004), 1115.

 ‘An impressive monograph: Loewe handles medieval and early modern theology well’.

—Thomas McCoog, Sixteenth Century Journal 35.2 (2004), 526

Book Chapters

Glenn Loughrey and Andreas Loewe, ‘yany-ndhu gulbara—So that you understand’, in: Rita Symons, ed., Stepping out of Otherness (Abingdon: Routledge, forthcoming).

Katherine Firth and Andreas Loewe, ‘Johannine Glory in Bach’s John Passion: “In deepest lowliness made noble”‘, in: Robert A. Derrenbacker, Jr., Dorothy A. Lee, Muriel Porter, eds., The Enduring Impact of the Gospel of John (Eugene, Or: Wipf and Stock, 2022), 144-160: ISBN 978-1-667-3869-8.

Andreas Loewe, ‘Cathedrals: Home churches, houses of prayer for all people’, in: Paul Barker and Bradley Billings, eds., Making the Word of God fully known: Essays on Church, Culture, and Mission, Australian College of Theology Monograph Series 19 (Eugene, Or: Wipf and Stock, 2020), 36-46: ISBN 978-1-7252-5908-9.

Andreas Loewe, ‘Peter Martyr Vermigli and Richard Smyth’s De Votis Monasticis’, in: Emidio Campi, ed., Peter Martyr Vermigli: Humanism, Republicanism, Reformation (Geneva: Droz, 2002), 143-172: ISBN 2-600-00653-2.

Andreas Loewe, ‘The Oxford Disputation revisited’, in: Alfred Schindler and Hans Sickelberger, eds., Die Zürcher Reformation, Zürcher Beiträge zur Reformationsgeschichte 18 (Berne: Lang, 2000), 317-326: ISBN 3-906764-38-9.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Andreas Loewe, ‘Martin Luther’s “Mighty Fortress” (with Katherine Firth), Lutheran Quarterly 32 (2018), 125-145: ISSN 0024-7499.

Andreas Loewe, ‘“Zeig uns durch deine Passion”: The Christology of Bach’s St John Passion’, Paradosis 3 (2016), 79-90: ISSN 2203-4951.

Andreas Loewe, ‘“Musica est optimum”: Martin Luther’s Theory of Music’, Music and Letters 94.4 (2013), 573-605: ISSN 0027-4224.

Andreas Loewe, ‘Why do Lutherans sing? Lutherans, Music and the Gospel in the first century of the Reformation’, Church History 82.1 (2013): ISSN 0009-6407.

Andreas Loewe, ‘Constituting angels and mortals in a wonderful order: George Gilbert Scott Junior’s Sanctuary in St Michael’s Church Cambridge’, Ecclesiology Today 42 (2012): ISSN 1460–4213.

Andreas Loewe, ‘God’s Capellmeister: The Proclamation of Scripture in the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach’, Pacifica 24.2 (2011), 141-171: ISSN 1030-570X.

Andreas Loewe, ‘Proclaiming the Passion: Popular Drama and the Passion Tradition in Luther’s Germany’, Reformation and Renaissance Review 10.1 (2010), 235-282: ISSN 1462-2459.

Andreas Loewe, ‘Michaelhouse: Hervey de Stanton’s Cambridge Foundation’, Church History and Religious Culture 90.4 (2010), 579-608: ISSN 1871-2428.

Andreas Loewe, ‘Cambridge’s Collegiate Crisis: King Henry VIII and the Suppression of Colleges, 1546’, Renaissance and Reformation Review 11.2 (2009), 139-164: ISSN 1462-2459.

Andreas Loewe, ‘La Escuela de la Misión Araucana: The Story of the Anglican Mission to Central Chile, 1854-1962’, Dutch Review of Church History 84 (2004), 497-522: ISSN 0028-2030.

Andreas Loewe, ‘Facite quod fieri: Catholic Exegesis during the Council of Trent’, Reformation and Renaissance Review 5 (2001), 9-35: ISSN 1462-2459.

Andreas Loewe, ‘Richard Smyth and the Foundation of the University of Douai’, Dutch Review of Church History 79.2 (1999), 142-169: ISSN 0028-2030.