Philip Sheldrake is William Leech Professorial Fellow in Applied Theology at the University of Durham in England. He has written or edited eleven books and has worked in editing and religious publishing since 1981. Sheldrake's current
research interests are in the history and theology of Christian spirituality, public theology and interfaith. He is a past-President of the international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.
"Sheldrake was educated at Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, University of Oxford and University of London with degrees in philosophy and modern history, postgraduate studies in theology and Reformation Church history and an Oxford research BD on historical
theory and the study of spirituality. He was previously lecturer and Director, Institute of Spirituality, Heythrop College University of London (1984-92), Tutor in Church History and DOPS Westcott House (1992-97), Vice-Principal/Academic Director Sarum
College (1998-2002), Leech Professor of Applied Theology Durham University (2003-2008) and then Joseph Visiting Professor Boston College MA."
Sheldrake is also editor of
The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, Westminster John Knox Press (2005), ISBN-10: 9780664230036.