Philip Sheldrake is a Senior Research Fellow in the Cambridge Theological Federation and director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality at the Oblate School of Theology (Texas). Previously Leech Professor of Applied Theology at Durham University, he earlier taught at Cambridge and London University. He trained in history, philosophy, and theology at the universities of Oxford and London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has been closely involved in the development of Christian spirituality as an academic field and is past president of the international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He has written or edited eleven books, translated into several languages, predominantly on the interface of spirituality, theology, and religious history. He studied Indian religions in India, has written on religious reconciliation, and is on the committee of the Guerrand-Hermès Forum for the Interreligious Study of Spirituality & Mysticism.