Graduate Theological Union

James Lawrence

James LawrencePacific School of Religion
Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality and Historical Studies
Dean, Center for Swedenborgian Studies

Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2001

PhD, Graduate Theological Union (2012)
DMin, Graduate Theological Foundation (1991)
MDiv equiv., Swedenborg School of Religion (1984)
BA, University of Texas at Austin (1978)

Phone: 510/849-8232

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Christian Spirituality
  • New Religious Movements
  • Western Esoteric Traditions
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Emanuel Swedenborg
  • Sport, Culture, and Spirituality

Selected Publications

  • “Slavery in the American Context: Wadstöm, Swedenborgians and an Abolitionist Myth,” in The Moment Is Now: Carl Bernhard Wadström’s Voice on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery, ed. Anders Hallengren, Swedenborg Foundation Press, forthcoming.
  • Introduction to Revelation Unveiled, a new translation of Swedenborg’s two-volume commentary on the Book of Revelation, Swedenborg Foundation Press, forthcoming.
  • Introduction to Swedenborg, A Hermetic Philosopher (1859) by Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Swedenborg Foundation Press, forthcoming.
  • Principles in Play: Essays in Honor of George Dole, editor. Berkeley: Studia Swedenborgiana Press, 2010.
  • “Swedenborgian Spirituality,” in The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
  • “All in the Family: Reading a Swedenborgian Pluralism in the High Christology of John 14:1-7,” Studia Swedenborgiana, 2003.