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Professor Philip Sheldrake

Professor Philip Sheldrake

Senior Research Associate

Senior Research Fellow, Cambridge Theological Federation

Professor, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio Texas


Biography:

Educated at the University of Oxford and University of London. Degrees & research in history and theology. He taught first at Heythrop College, University of London and was subsequently Lecturer in Church History, Cambridge Theological Federation & Faculty of Divinity. Then Vice-Principal & Academic Director, Sarum College, affiliated to the University of Wales Lampeter where he was also Honorary Professor 1998-2013. He was William Leech Professor of Applied Theology, Durham University from 2003-2008, then Joseph Visiting Professor of Catholic Theology, Boston College MA during 2008-2009. He returned to the Cambridge Theological Federation (Westcott House) as Senior Research Fellow in 2010 & has also been Professor at Oblate School of Theology from 2013. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & of the Royal Historical Society. He was awarded the DD by University of Oxford in 2015.

Research Interests

  • Christian spirituality as an interdisciplinary field: historical, theological and socio-cultural dimensions
  • Medieval & Reformation religious thought – currently writing on Julian of Norwich
  • Christian contributions to thinking about the meaning and future of cities
  • The interdisciplinary writings of Michel de Certeau

Key Publications

Authored & edited books:

  • A Spiritual City: Theology, Spirituality & The Urban (2014).
  • Spirituality: A Brief History (2013).
  • Explorations in Spirituality: History, Theology and Social Practice (2010).
  • Heaven in Ordinary: A George Herbert Reader (2009).
  • Ed. The New SCM Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (2005).
  • Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory & Identity (2001).
  • Spirituality & Theology: Christian Life and the Doctrine of God (1998).
  • Living Between Worlds: Place and Journey in Celtic Christianity (1997).
  • Spirituality & History: Questions of Interpretation and Method (1991, Revised edition 1996).
  • Ed. The Way of Ignatius Loyola: Contemporary Approaches to the Study of the Spiritual Exercises (1991).

Also numerous book essays and journal articles.


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