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Professor Philip Sheldrake



Senior Research Fellow

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Philip Sheldrake is Senior Research Fellow at Westcott House and the Cambridge Theological Federation and also Professor & Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas (2013-). Additionally he is Moulsdale Fellow of St Chad's College, Durham University.  Philip was educated at Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, University of Oxford and University of London. Degrees in philosophy & modern history, Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology, MTh in Reformation theology and history, Oxford research BD on historical theory and the study of spirituality, Oxford DD in 2015.


He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Philip was previously Lecturer in Pastoral Theology & Director of the Institute of Spirituality, Heythrop College University of London (1984-92), Tutor in Church History and Director of Pastoral Studies, Westcott House (1992-97), Vice-Principal/Academic Director Sarum College (1998-2002), Leech Professor of Applied Theology Durham University (2003-2008) and Joseph Visiting Professor Boston College MA. He was also Honorary Professor and Research Supervisor, University of Wales, 1998-2013.  He was Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge 1999-2000 and is a past-President of the international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He has worked in editing and religious publishing since 1981 including formerly as Chair of SCM Press.




Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.


Spirituality: A Brief History. Revised & expanded edition, Oxford/Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.


A Spiritual City: Theology, Spirituality & The Urban.  Oxford/Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2014.


Spirituality: A Guide for the Perplexed. London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2014.



“Garden, City or Wilderness? Landscape and Destiny in the Christian Imagination”, in Jeff Malpas, ed., The Place of Landscape: Concepts, Contexts, Studies, Boston: MIT Press, 2011.


“Mysticism: Critical theological perspectives” in Julia Lamm, ed., Blackwell 

Companion to Christian Mysticism.  Oxford: Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.


“Spiritual Horizons – Michel de Certeau, Everyday Practices & The City”, in Inigo Bocken, ed., Spiritual Spaces: History and Mysticism in Michel de Certeau. Leuven: Peeters, 2013.



Journal Articles

“Discernment, Social Wisdom and the Public Realm: Ignatian Insights”, Milltown Studies, 68/Winter 2011-12.


“Michel de Certeau: Spirituality and the Practice of Everyday Life”. In Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality  (Johns Hopkins University Press), 12/2,  Autumn 2012.

“Illumination without Knowledge: Epistemology & Michel de Certeau’s Mystic

Fable”, in Religions, Doha Center for Interfaith Dialogue, Winter 2013-14


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