Tobias Brandner received his doctoral degree from the University of Zurich based on a systematic-theological study on the ecumenical search for unity. He currently teaches history of Western and Asian Christianity (excluding China and Hong Kong), mission studies, and ecumenical studies. His research focuses on Christian ministry and pastoral theology in prison, on mission movements in Asia both past and present, on Christianity in Southeast Asia, and on post-denominational theological movements, especially charismatic and revivalist Christianity. His core interest is on the interaction between Christian faith and political and social or personal change.
“’The room is small, but the heart is big’ – Religion and community life in prison: a case study from the Philippines.” Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology Vol. 21/4, August 2020, 1-20.
Brandner (2020). “Emerging Christianity in Cambodia: People Movement to Christ or Playground for Global Christianity?” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 2020, Vol. 44(3) 279–289.
“Religious Volunteer Visitors in the Penal Context of Hong Kong: Roles, Experiences, Transformations.” Social Sciences and Mission. Special Edition on Prison and Religion in the Global South. Volume 33 / 1-2 (2020), 128-156.
“Guest Editor’s Introduction.” Social Sciences and Mission. Special Edition on Prison and Religion in the Global South. Volume 33 / 1-2 (2020), 1-8.
Brandner. Pilgrims and Popes. A Concise History of Pre-Reformation Christianity in the West. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019.
“The Church as Family: Strengths and Dangers of the Family Paradigm of Christianity in the Chinese Contexts.” Theology Today 2019, Vol 76 (3), 217-223.
“A Case Study on Conversion in the Context of Prison in Hong Kong: Experiences, Narratives, and Transformations.” International Journal of Practical Theology 22 (1) / 2018: 1–19.
“Basel Mission and Revolutions in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century China: Debating Societal Renewal.” Mission Studies 35 (2018), 7–30.
“Pentecostals in the Public Sphere: Between Counterculturalism and Adaptation (Observations from the Chinese Context in Hong Kong).” PentecoStudies 16.1 (2017), 117–137.
“Volunteer Visitors in Prison: Prison Ministry as a Ministry to the Community,“ in For Justice and Mercy. International Reflections on Prison Chaplaincy, eds. Ryan van Eijk, et al., Publicatiereeks van het Centrum voor Justitiepastoraat Tilburg/Amsterdam 8 (Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2016), 131–146.
“Missionare als Kritiker des Komitees,” Interkulturelle Theologie. Zeitschrift für Missionswissenschaft 42, no. 2–3 (2016): 194–206.