Dr. Philip Sheldrake



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  • DD Divinity, Higher Doctorate, University of Oxford, 2015
  • BD Divinity Higher Research Degree, University of Oxford, 1995
  • MTh “With Distinction”, Reformation Church History, University of London, 1977
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology, University of London, 1977
  • MA University of Oxford, 1976
  • BA Honors, Modern History, University of Oxford, 1972
  • PhilBacc, Philosophy, Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, 1969


Professor Philip Sheldrake, DD, is Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality at Oblate School of Theology as well as Senior Research Fellow at Westcott House in the Cambridge Theological Federation, and Senior Research Associate, Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge.

Professor Sheldrake has served as:
Senior Research Fellow, Cambridge Theological Federation, UK, 2010 ongoing
Honorary Professor & PhD Supervisor, University of Wales, 1998-2013
Veale Visiting Professor of Spirituality, Milltown Institute, Dublin, Ireland, 2010-2011
Joseph Visiting Professor of Catholic Theology, Boston College, MA, 2008-09
Leech Professor of Applied Theology, Durham University, 2003-08
Vice-Principal & Academic Director, Sarum College, Salisbury, UK, 1998-2003
Senior Research Fellow, The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, UK, 1997-98
Director of Pastoral Studies & Resident Tutor, Westcott House, Cambridge & Lecturer in Church History, Cambridge Theological Federation, 1992-97
Co-Director (Director 1992-94), Institute of Spirituality, Heythrop College, University of London & Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of London, 1984-94
General Editor, The Way/ Way Supplements, journals of Christian spirituality, 1982-94

Academic interests

Philip Sheldrake is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (both UK). He specializes in the field of Christian spirituality, from historical, theological and applied perspectives. He is also a specialist more broadly in contemporary spirituality, especially its connection with healthcare and with place identity and urban studies. He is also interested in the history of Christianity (particularly medieval and Reformation periods), in theological anthropology, social theology, interreligious (particularly Christian-Muslim) dialogue and in the interdisciplinary writings of Michel de Certeau SJ.


2014. A Spiritual City: Theology, Spirituality & The Urban. Oxford/Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Spirituality: A Guide for the Perplexed. London/New York: Bloomsbury.
Spirituality: A Brief History. 2nd Revised Edition, Oxford/Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

2016. “The Eucharist: Landscape of Memory, Narrative of Reconciliation”, in At Home in the Future: Place & Belonging in a Changing Europe, eds., John Rodwell & Peter Manley Scott. Zurich: Lit Verlag.
2016. “Theorizing Christian Spirituality: The Sacred, Identity & Everyday Practices, in
Sacrality and Materiality: Locating Intersections, eds., Rebecca Giselbrecht & Ralph Kunz. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
2013. “Spiritual Horizons – Michel de Certeau, Everyday Practices & The City”, in
Spiritual Spaces: History and Mysticism in Michel de Certeau, ed., Inigo Bocken. Leuven: Peeters.
2012. “Mysticism: Critical Theological Perspectives”, in
Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism, ed. Julia Lamm. Oxford/Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
2011. “Garden, City or Wilderness? Landscape and Destiny in the Christian Imagination”, in
The Place of Landscape: Concepts, Contexts, Studies, ed Jeff Malpas. Boston: MIT Press.