Christic Peace

Academic Background

Academic Background

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Education: St.Peter’s College, Colombo.
University of Ceylon, BA.Hons. Geography,1952)
Master of Arts (Geography) University of London 1964)
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sussex 1971)
Assistant Assessor of Income Tax, Colombo
Lecturer in charge of Geography, Aquinas University College, Colombo, 1954-1971
Teacher in Catholic Secondary Schools, Brighton, Sussex, 1961 -1965
Lecturer in Geography, University of Singapore, 1965 – 1971.
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of New England, Armidale, NSW

Selection of my publications and topics of my Master’s and Doctoral theses..

“Eustatic changes of sea level in South West Ceylon”, [M.A. in Geography, University of London, 1964.]
“A quantitative analysis of the residual landforms of a humid tropical rainforest area, Johor, Malaya”, D.Phil. University of Sussex, 1971.

On Geography

1978-79: ‘Geography: heyday, mayday’, New Universities Quarterly , 1978-79, 33
1980: ‘Geography in the ’80s’, Geography Bulletin, 12(3) ; 153.
1990: Faith and Secular Science: a Christian Perspective of Geography. Armidale. 52p. ISBN 07316 9206 3.


1970: ‘Maps of two indices of terrain, Johor, Malaya’, Journal of Tropical Geography,

1970: ‘Relationships between regolith, lithology and slope in a humid tropical region: Johor, Malaya’, Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, Publication 51: 189 – 200.
1970: ‘Analysis of residual terrain: Johor, Malaya’, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 60 (1): 124 – 133.
1970: ‘Piedmont slope studies in a humid tropical region, Johor, Southern Malaya,’ Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, Supplementband 10, 30 – 39.
1972: ‘Land surface evolution and related problems with reference to a humid tropical region: Johor, Malaya’, Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie ,16(2), 160-181.

Coasts & Beaches

1965: ‘Coast erosion principles and a classification of South-West Ceylon’s beaches on the basis of their erosional stability’, The Ceylon Geographer, 19 (1-4): 1 – 16.
1968: ‘Coastal classification with reference to the east coast of Malaya’, Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, Supplementband 7: 114-132.
1970: ‘Beach deposits in a low energy environment, West Johor, Southern Malaya’, Journal of the Singapore National Academy of Science, 2 (2): 86 – 94.
1971: ‘Coastal geomorphology in a humid tropical, low energy environment: the islands of Singapore’, Journal of Tropical Geography , 33 : 43-61.
1974: The Coast Erosion Hazard in Southwest Sri Lanka: a Reconnaissance Study, University of New England Research Series in Applied Geography, No. 40.125p.
1975: ‘Depositional evidence for higher sea levels in coastal New South Wales’, Australian Geographical Studies,13: 62 – 76.
1975: ‘A model for investigating the coast erosion hazard in southwest Sri Lanka’, Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, Supplementband, 20: 89-115.
1979: ‘Areal variations in textures of shore sands, Sri Lanka,’ Journal of Tropical Geography. 49: 72 – 85.
1979: ‘Sand dunes in the humid tropics: Sri Lanka’, Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, 23 (2): 152 – 171.
1983: The Coastal Geomorphology of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka National Museums, Colombo. 180p.
1981: ‘Dunes of Friday Island, North Queensland’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 2 (2): 114 – 128.
1974: ‘Measures of particle roundness: a note’, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology , 44 (2), 572-577.1974.

On the Study of Peace

1980: ‘Needed: academic study of peace’, Feedback, National Times (Australia) (25.5.1980).
1980: ‘Academia and the study of peace: a plea’, Guest column, The Catholic Weekly , 27.7.1980, p.48.
1980: ‘A need to study the academics of peace’, Catholic Herald , London (5. 9. 80).
1981: ‘Problems in instituting peace studies at university level’, Proceedings, Peace Education Conference , Ryde, 72-83. (Australian International Independent School & U.N. Association of Australia, N.S.W.) Sydney.
1982: ‘A geography of peace and conflict: proposal for a course’, Pacific Viewpoint 23(2): 186-193.
1984: ‘Geography of peace and conflict ‘, Political Geography Speciality Group Newsletter, Association of American Geographers, Vol. 4 (No.3): 4-5.
1986: ‘Peace studies at a tertiary level: the example of the University of New England’, Peace Magazine Australia , October-November 1986: 42-43.
1984: ‘Direction in peace science’, World Review, 23(2): 18-34 (Australian Institute of International Affairs).

Peace & Religion

1984: ‘Christianity in a turbulent world ‘, and ‘ The challenge of peace and war” (two essays), Catholic Commission for Justice & Peace Occasional Papers No. 3, Sydney 12p. ISSN 0813-5436.
1984: ‘Towards a theology of peace’, The Newman (London), pp. 5-6.
1987: ‘War, nuclear deterrence and Christian ambivalence’, World Review, 26(1): 33-61. Published earlier in 1985 as War, nuclear deterrence and the church . Armidale, N.S.W. 35p. ISBN 0-9589442-0-2.
1988: ‘An ethical appraisal of Australian defence policy.’ Australian Journal of Politics and History , 34(1): 73-92.
1988: ‘Christ, Servant of Yahweh: discovering the Prince of Peace in the nuclear age’, Priests & People (formerly the Clergy Review. Durham), 1(3):106-110.
1992: ‘Peace Studies and transcendence,’ Journal of Interdisciplinary Peace Research, 3(1): 76 – 88.
1992: ‘Peace: beyond the secular search’, Compass Theology Review, 26 (4) :32 – 36.
1992: Charting Peace: an outline of approaches from the conventional to the Christic. Armidale, N.S.W. 52p. ISBN 0 646 10327 X.
1995: ‘Peace search: from the secular to the Christic,’ in Essays on Peace: Paradigms for Global Order, edited by M. Salla, W. Tonetto & E.Martinez.(Central Queensland University Press, Rockhampton), pp. 34 – 48.
1995: ‘An inclusive paradigm of peace: the Kingdom of God’, Pacifica Review, Vol. 7, No.1, pp. 27 – 45.
1997: Peace in Perspective: the Temporal & the Christic. 115 p. Armidale.
ISBN 0 9587368 0 4 (A second edition of this book was published in Sri Lanka by the Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo, in early August,1999.)
1998: “Peace in Christic perspective”, Journal of Christian Education, 41(1): 5 – 24. 1998.

Religion: General

1965-1956: ‘Thoughts on the Fall and Original Sin’, Aquinas (Journal of the University of Singapore Catholic Students’ Society): pp.15 -19.
1983: ‘Changing perceptions of religion in a developing country: the minority Catholic Church in Sri Lanka ‘, Quest Series 76, Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo, 52p.
1984: ‘Christianity in a turbulent world, ‘The challenge of peace and war’, and ‘Towards a theology of peace: selected propositions’, Catholic Commission for Justice & Peace, (Sydney) No.3: 1 -12.
2007: ‘Islam at the Crossroads’, E-Journal of Theology, (Pentecost edition), Australian Catholic University.

Sri Lanka

1967: ‘Paddy crop failure and variable yields in Ceylon,’ Pacific Viewpoint, 2: 159 -174.

1983: ‘Sri Lanka: constraints and prospects in the pursuit of rural development’, in Rural Development and the State: Contradictions and Dilemmas in Developing Countries , edited D.A.M. Lea and D.P. Chaudhri. Methuen,London, 127-160.
1986: ‘Peace and conflict in a poor country: Sri Lanka ‘. Occasional Paper No. 3, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Canberra. 62p. ISBN 0-909992-19-3.
1986: ‘The problem of peace and development in a poor country: a summary guide’, Geography Bulletin NSW, 18(4): 313-337.
1997: ‘Peace: Sri Lanka’s impossible dream?’ South Asia (Journal of South Asian Studies), Vol 20: 3-21.
1981: ‘Sinhalese emigration to Queensland in the 19th century’, Journal, Royal Australian Historical Society , 67: 55-63.1981.
1987: Sri Lankan Mosaic: environment, man, continuity and change, Marga Institute of Development Studies, Colombo.467p.
1994: ‘Cultural pluralism and development: the case of Sri Lanka,’ in Geography & Development , edited by P.P. Courtenay, (Longman Cheshire, Melbourne), pp. 144 – 164.


Initiated the University of New England’s Peace Studies programme (1983)

Peace requires wisdom and continual conversion, a dying to self.