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Dr Jacob Sherman

Dr Jacob Sherman

University Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion


Office Phone: 01223 763093

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:
  • Intersection of contemporary philosophical theology and the philosophy of religion with historical theology (especially in relation to the critical retrieval of medieval Christian philosophical theology) 
  • Christian spirituality (especially the study of monastic theology, medieval contemplative traditions, and their ongoing legacy)
  • Science and Religion (especially theology and ecology, the concept of the ‘book of nature’, and the doctrine of creation)
  • Medieval theology and philosophy (especially Augustinian traditions, e.g. Anselm, Hugh of St Victor, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa)

Philosophy of Religion specialists:
  • Metaphysics, especially the reappraisal and reinterpretation of premodern participatory metaphysics within contemporary philosophy and theology
  • Medieval philosophical theology (especially Augustinian traditions, e.g. Anselm, Hugh of St Victor, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa)
  • Contemporary philosophical theology and the philosophy of religion 
  • Method and theory in religious studies, philosophy of religion, and theology
  • Science and Religion (especially theology and ecology, the concept of the ‘book of nature’, and the doctrine of creation) 
  • Comparative philosophy of religion
  • Religious epistemology

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics, especially the reappraisal and reinterpretation of premodern participatory metaphysics within contemporary philosophy and theology
  • Medieval philosophical theology (especially Anselm, Aquinas, and Nicholas of Cusa)
  • Philosophies of nature and the Christian doctrine of creation (especially the concept of the 'Book of Nature')
  • History and theology of Christian spirituality (especially the study of monastic theology, medieval contemplative traditions, and their ongoing legacy)

Teaching

  • Metaphysics (C11)
  • M.Phil. in Philosophy of Religion
  • M.Phil. in Theology and Science
  • M.Phil. and doctoral supervision
  • Tripos supervision for Philosophy of Religion and Ethics (A8), Philosophy of Religion: God, Freedom, and the Soul (B11), Metaphysics (C11), Theology and the Natural Sciences II (C12)

Key Publications

Books

  • Partakers of the Divine: Contemplation and the Practice of Philosophy (Fortress Press, 2014).
  • The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies, ed. with Jorge N. Ferrer (SUNY Press, 2008). 
  • [Spanish translation: El giro participativo en la espiritualidad, el misticismo y los estudios religiosos, trans. Agustin Pániker (Barcelona: Editorial Kairos, 2011).]

Articles

  • On the Emerging Field of Contemplative Studies and Its Relationship to the Study of Spirituality.” Spiritus 14:2 (Fall 2014): 208-29.
  • “Metaphysics and the Redemption of Sacrifice: On René Girard and Charles Williams.” Heythrop Journal 51:1 (Jan. 2010): 1-16.
  • “No Werewolves in Theology? Transcendence, Immanence and Becoming-Divine in Gilles Deleuze.” Modern Theology 25:1(Jan. 2009): 1-20.

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The next Open Afternoon for our undergraduate course is on Monday 24th April. Bookings now open!

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Clare College is inviting applications for the Decani Scholarship.

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Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion Masterclass at Corpus Christi College, 29 March

Feb 01, 2017

This event is aimed at inquisitive students in Year 12 (or equivalent) at UK schools only, and features a series of challenging and inspiring taster lectures.

2017 Henry Martyn Lectures

Feb 01, 2017

“Who Are My People: Christianity, Violence, and Belonging in Post-Colonial Africa.” The series takes place on 20, 21, and 22 February at 5.30pm in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity.

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