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

  • Protestant Spiritual Disciplines and Practice
  • Hermeneutics and Biblical Spirituality
  • Theory and Practice of Engaged Spirituality
  • Heterodoxy and New Religious Movements
  • Sports and Spirituality

Selected Publications

  • Principles in Play: Essays in Honor of George Dole, editor. Berkeley: Studia Swedenborgiana Press, 2010.
  • “Telling the Old, Old Story Anew: George Dole’s Developmentalist Reading of the Bible,” in Principles in Play: Essays in Honor of George Dole. Berkeley: Studia Swedenborgiana Press, 2010.
  • “Swedenborgian Spirituality,” in The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, ed. Philip Sheldrake. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
  • “All in the Family: Reading a Swedenborgian Pluralism in the High Christology of John 14:1-7,” Studia Swedenborgiana, v. 13, n. 1, 2003.
  • “An Extraordinary Season in Prayer: Warren Felt Evans’s Journey into ‘Scientific’ Swedenborgian Spiritual Practice,” Studia Swedenborgiana, v. 12, n. 3, 2002.
  • “Swedenborg’s Trail in the Coleridgean Landscape,” Studia Swedenborgiana, v. 11, n. 2, 1999.