Sarah Coakley

Sarah Coakley

  • Sarah Coakley
  • Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge and Fellow, Murray Edwards College

Prof. Coakley is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge since 2007. She is also a Fellow at Murray Edwards College and a Philosophy of Religion subject specialist. She received her first degree in Theology at Cambridge, before doing initial graduate work at Harvard, and her doctoral work at Cambridge on the Christology of Ernst Troeltsch. Appointed to her first position at the University of Lancaster while still writing her doctorate, she later taught at Oriel College, Oxford (in Theology and Philosophy of Religion), and at Harvard Divinity School, where she was Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr., Professor of Divinity, 1995-2007. 

Presentations at Calvin University

Sarah Coakley - "Retrieving Sacrifice: Why a Classic Christian (and Reformed) Theme Refuses to Die
Part of the: Stob Lecture Series

Thursday, November 12, 2015 07:30:00 PM
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Sarah Coakley - Modernity Against Sacrifice: From Kant via Girard to Contemporary Feminists
Part of the: Stob Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 07:30:00 PM
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Selected Publications


  • Sin, Racism and the Contemplative Life:  An Essay ‘On Human Darkness’(Cambridge, C.U.P., 2019) (vol. 2 of 4-vol. systematic theology)
  • Sacrifice Regained: Evolution, Cooperation and God, the 2012 Gifford Lectures at Aberdeen University, at (forthcoming with Oxford, O.U.P.; pbk with Grand Rapids, MI, Eerdmans, 2018)
  • The Broken Body: Israel, Christ and Fragmentation (Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2018) (Gesammelte Schriften, vol. 2)
  • The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God (London, Bloomsbury, 2015)
  • God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ (Cambridge, C.U.P., hbk and pbk, 2013) (vol. 1 of a 4-vol. systematic theology)
  • Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender (Oxford, Blackwell, hbk and pbk, 2002) (Gesammelte Schriften, vol. 1)
  • Christ without Absolutes: A Study of the Christology of Ernst Troeltsch (Oxford, O.U.P., hbk, 1988; pbk, 1994)

Edited Volumes

  • Spiritual Healing: Science, Meaning and Discernment, ed. (Grand Rapids MI, Eerdmans, 2018)
  • Evolution, Games and God: The Principle of Cooperation, co-ed. with Martin A. Nowak (Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, April, 2013)
  • Faith, Rationality and the Passions, ed. (Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, pbk, 2012)
  • Re-thinking Dionysius the Areopagite, co-ed. with Charles M. Stang, with introduction (Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, pbk, 2009)
  • Pain and its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture, co-ed. with Kay Kaufman Shelemay (Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, hbk, 2007)
  • Re-thinking Gregory of Nyssa, ed. (Oxford, Blackwell, pbk, 2003)
  • Religion and the Body, ed. with introduction (Cambridge, C.U.P., hbk, 1997; pbk, 2000)
  • The Making and Remaking of Christian Doctrine: Essays in Honour of Maurice Wiles, co-ed. with David A. Pailin (Oxford, O.U.P., hbk, 1993)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘Knowing in the Dark: Sin, Race and the Quest for Salvation, Part I: Transforming Theological Anthropology in a Théologie Totale’, Princeton Seminary Bulletin 32 (2015), at
  • ‘The Person of Christ’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Summa, eds. Denys Turner and Philip McCosker (Cambridge, C.U.P., 2016), 222-239
  • ‘Divine Hiddenness or Dark Intimacy?  How John of the Cross Dissolves a Contemporary Philosophical Dilemma’, in Hidden Divinity and Religious Belief:  New Perspectives, eds. Adam Green and Eleonore Stump (Cambridge, C.U.P, 2016), ch. 13
  • ‘Beyond “Belief”: Liturgy and the Cognitive Apprehension of God’, in The Vocation of Theology Today, eds. Tom Greggs, Rachel Muers and Simeon Zahl (Eugene OR, Wipf & Stock, 2013), 130-45
  • ‘Eastern “Mystical Theology” or Western “Nouvelle Théologie”? On the Comparative Reception of Dionysius the Areopagite in Lossky and de Lubac’, in Orthodox Constructions of the West, eds. George E. Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou (New York, Fordham University Press, 2013), 125-141
  • ‘Dark Contemplation and Epistemic Transformation: The Analytic Theologian Re-Meets Teresa of Avila’, in eds. Oliver D. Crisp and Michael C. Rea, Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology (Oxford, O.U.P., 2009), 280−312
  • ‘Does Kenosis Rest on a Mistake? Three Kenotic Models in Patristic Exegesis’, in ed. C. Stephen Evans, Exploring Kenotic Christology: The Self-Emptying of God (Oxford, O.U.P., 2006), 246−64
  • ‘Feminism and Analytic Philosophy of Religion’, in ed. William J. Wainwright, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion (New York, O.U.P., 2005), 494−525
  • ‘What Does Chalcedon Solve and What Does it Not? Some Reflections on the Status and Meaning of the Chalcedonian “Definition”’, in eds. Stephen T. Davis, Daniel Kendall, S.J. and Gerald O’Collins, S.J., The Incarnation: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God (Oxford, O.U.P., 2002), 143−63


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