Sarah Coakley
Fraser N. Watts

ABOVE: Cartoon by Clérac (Le Pelerin, 1923) showing Emile Zola in league with the devil, mocking Lourdes with reference to the scientific theories of the day.

Mary Evans Picture Libary, London
Sarah Coakley is the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School and an Anglican priest in the diocese of Oxford. A theologian whose work has had a growing international influence over the past decade, she has embarked on a four-volume systematic theology, which will be the first major systematics attempted from a feminist perspective. Dr. Coakley serves as an associate priest at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Waban, Massachusetts during the academic year and, in the summer, at SS. Mary and Nicholas in Littlemore, Oxford, where she is also a chaplain in a mental hospital. Her work in both parishes involves liturgies of spiritual healing. Educated at the Blackheath High School in London and at New Hall, Cambridge, she took first-class honors in theology at Cambridge and went on to earn a master’s degree in theology at Harvard as a Harkness Fellow. Returning to England, she became a junior lecturer in religious studies at the University of Lancaster in 1976 and received her doctorate in theology from Cambridge in 1982. She was appointed senior lecturer at Lancaster in 1990, and the next year, she became the first woman to be appointed a tutorial fellow in theology at Oriel College, Oxford. She came to Harvard as a tenured professor of Christian theology in 1993 and was named to her present chair in 1995. The recipient of two Cambridge essay prizes—the Chadwick and the Hulsean, a Henry Luce III Fellowship, and a Lilly Foundation Fellowship, Dr. Coakley has delivered numerous invited lectures in the United Kingdom and the United States. She has served as a member of the National Advisory Board of the Christian Scholars Program and is on the editorial boards of Modern Theology and Spiritus. In addition to articles in academic journals and essays in collected volumes, she is the co-editor (with David A. Pailin) of The Making and Remaking of Christian Doctrine (1993) and (with Kay Shelemay) of Pain and Its Transformations (forthcoming in 2004), the editor of Religion and the Body (1997 and 2000) and Rethinking Gregory of Nyssa (2002), and the author of Christ Without Absolutes: A Study of the Christology of Ernst Troeltsch (1988 and 1994) and Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender (2002). Dr. Coakley’s most recent book, God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’, the first volume in her systematic theology, will be published later this year by Cambridge University Press.

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