Matthew is an alumni of the University of Sydney. He has an academic background in Social Science and in Theology. He has been based in Sydney since 1987. He wrote a doctoral dissertation on Le Livre des questions (7 vols) by Egyptian-born French Jewish poet Edmond Jabès.
Matthew is the Dean of Nisibis Assyrian Theological College, and a Professor of Philosophy within the Sydney College of Divinity. Matthew is Research Director of the Gabriel Marcel Institute of Philosophy Sydney.
Matthew has written about soul and soulfulness in a trilogy of books on melancholy, on enchantment, and on music, currently published by Routledge. He has written a book of philosophy and religious poetics, The Metaphysics of Night. His latest book, Finding Harmony is a slim set of three essays, on religion, humanism and harmony. Matthew’s main research areas are history of ideas, contemporary philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, Western and Eastern spiritual and wisdom traditions.