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Rupert Shortt

Rupert Shortt

Research Associate

Religion Editor of 'The Times Literary Supplement'


Rupert Shortt has been appointed VHI Research Associate in 2019. He is religion editor of The Times Literary Supplement and a former Visiting Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford.

The author of many books, Rupert has also contributed to a wide range of publications including The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Tablet and the Madrid-based Revista de Libros.

Research Interests

Rupert is currently pursuing two main research projects. The first one focuses on Rowan Williams' philosophical theology since his retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury. The second is the compilation of a reader on arguments in favour of the existence of God, as an updated resource for theology students.

Key Publications

Rupert's books include:

  • Does Religion Do More Harm than Good? (SPCK, 2019)
  • God Is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (Hurst, 2016)
  • Rowan’s Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop (Hodder, 2014)
  • Christianophobia: A Faith under Attack (Rider, 2012)
  • Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith (Hodder, 2005)


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