John Sheveland, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. John Sheveland is Professor of Religious Studies specializing in comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, and responses to religious violence. At Gonzaga he organizes the annual lecture series entitled "Being Religious Interreligiously". In...

John Sheveland

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Systematic & Comparative Theology, Boston College

M.A.R., Theology, Yale University Divinity School

B.A., History & Theology, University of Portland

Courses Taught

RELI 193: First Year Seminar: Violence and the Humanities

RELI 270: Theology in Global Contexts

RELI 305: Religion and Violence

RELI 355: Interreligious Dialogue

RELI 492: Religions of Asia


Dr. John Sheveland is Professor of Religious Studies specializing in comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, and responses to religious violence. At Gonzaga he organizes the annual lecture series entitled "Being Religious Interreligiously". In 2013 John received a Faculty Diversity Leadership Award and in 2015 an Exemplary Faculty Award. He serves on the board of directors of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies, on the steering committee of the Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, and as an area editor for Religious Studies Review.

[A] Book

2011. Piety and Responsibility: Patterns of Unity in Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, and Vedanta Desika. New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology, and Biblical Studies. Farnham & Burlington: Ashgate, 2011. [Acquired by Routledge in 2015. Series website: Here

Reviews of Piety and Responsibility:

  • Catholic Books Review, 2011. Reviewed by Peter Phan Here
  • Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection 75/12 (December 2011): 57-58. Reviewed by G. Gispert-Sauch, S.J.
  • Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies 25 (2012): 70-72. Reviewed by Reid B. Locklin.
  • Journal of Religion 93/1 (2013): 100-102. Reviewed by Hugh Nicholson.
  • Journal of Ecumenical Studies 48/2 (2013): 263-264. Reviewed by Ann Marie B. Bahr.

[B] Roundtable Guest-Editor

John N. Sheveland and Frans Wijsen, eds., “Roundtable: Exploring the field of intercultural theology,” Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology 1/1 (March 2017): 91-92 [91-152]. Here

[C] Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

2019 – Forthcoming: “Radicalization and Bold Mercy,” Buddhist-Christian Studies 39 (2019).
2018 – Forthcoming: “Redeeming Trauma: an agenda for theology fifteen years on,” American Catholicism in the 21st Century, eds. Nicholas Rademacher and Benjamin Peters(Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2018).
2016 – “Receptive Theological Learning in and from the Asian Bishops,” Asian Horizons 10/3 (September 2016): 545-560.
2016 – “Review Symposium.” Interreligious Friendship after Nostra Aetate, eds. James Fredericks and Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), in Horizons 43/1 (2016): 168-172. Here
2014 – “Toward a Fuller Catholicity: the promise of Asian theological method,” Louvain Studies 38/2 (2014): 184-197. Here
2014 – “Restoring Intimacy: Christian-Buddhist resources toward solidarity,” Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 25/2 (2014): 152-170. Here
2014 – “In Search of Wisdom and its Blind Spots: Catholic theological reflections on the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.” International Journal of Dharma Studies 2/1 (2014): 1-16. Here
2014 – “The Rich Soil of Asia: a North American appreciation of theological method in the Federations of Asian Bishops’ Conferences,” in Shaji George Kochuthara, ed., Revisiting Vatican II: Fifty Years of Renewal (Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2014), 322-336.
2014 – “What has Renaissance Polyphony to offer Theological Method?” in Peter Phan and Jonathon Ray, eds., Understanding Religious Pluralism: Perspectives from Religious Studies and Theology (Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2014), 264-276.
2010 – “Solidarity in Three Sacred Texts: Bhagavad Gītā, Dhammapada, 1 Corinthians,” Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection 74/8 (August 2010): 593-605.

    • French Translation 2013 (Belgium).

2008 – “The Meaningfulness of Yoga to Christian Discipleship,” The Way: A Review of Christian Spirituality Published by the British Jesuits 47/3 (2008): 49-62. Here
2007 – “The Gita’s ‘Equal Eye’: Resourcing a Christian Concept of Neighbor without Limit,” Louvain Studies 32/4 (2007): 408-21. Here
2004 – “Tears of Dependence: Anselm and Barth on Intelligere,” The Expository Times 115/6 (March 2004): 181-186. Here
2002 – “Interreligious Momentum in David Tracy’s Postmodern Christian Theology,” Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 12/2 (2002): 207-225. Here

[D] Book Chapters and Essays

2017 – Forthcoming: “Facing Religious Neighbors: Nostra Aetate Fifty Years On,” in John K. Downey, Steven Ostovich, and Johann Vento, eds., Facing the World: Political Theology and Mercy (Paulist Press, 2017). [Invited]
2017 – Forthcoming: “Do Not Grieve: Reconciliation in Barth and Vedanta Desika,” in Christian T. Collins Winn and Martha Moore-Keish, eds., Karl Barth and Comparative Theology (New York: Fordham University Press, 2017). [Invited]
2017 – Forthcoming: “Existential Poverty, Christian and Hindu: Barth in dialogue with Vedanta Desika,” in Susanne Hennecke and George Pfleiderer, eds., ______________ (Brill, 2017). [Invited]
2011 – “Is Yoga Religious?”, The Christian Century 128/12 (June 14, 2011): 22-25. [Invited]
2010 – “Solidarity through Polyphony,” in Francis X. Clooney, S.J., ed., The New Comparative Theology: Interreligious Insights from the Next Generation (London & New York: T&T Clark International, 2010): 171-190. [Invited]
2009 – “Polyphony and the Aesthetics of Interreligious Dialogue,” in Arvind Sharma, ed., Windows to World’s Religions: Selected Proceedings of the Global Congress on World Religions After September 11th (Delhi: D.K. Printworld, 2009): 3-13. [Editor-selected]

[E] Sermon Resources for The Expository Times

2016 – “Redemptive Reversals,” The Expository Times 128/2 (November 2016): 83-84.
2015 – “For all the Saints,” The Expository Times 127/1 (October 2015): 25-26.
2015 – “Accepting Acceptance,” The Expository Times 126/5 (February 2015): 233-235.
2014 – “Listening Church, Humbled Church,” The Expository Times 125/11 (August 2014): 549-551.

[F] Encyclopedia Entries

2017 – “Nostra Aetate,” in Jeffrey Shaw and Timothy J. Demy, eds., War and Religion: an Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict. Volume II. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, March 2017).
2007 – “Divine Love in Christianity,” in Yehudit Kornberg Greenberg, ed., Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2007): 161-62.
2004 – “Sin,” in Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed., Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Volume 4. (New York: Routledge, 2004): 1733-34.

[G] Book Reviews

2018 – Solicited: Peter C. Phan, The Joy of Religious Pluralism (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2017), for Horizons.
2015 – David Cheetham, Douglass Pratt, and David Thomas, eds., Understanding Interreligious Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), in Theological Studies 76/1 (2015): 219-220.
2014 – Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Christ and Reconciliation. A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, Volume 1 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013), in Horizons 41/1 (2014): 186-189.
2013 – Reid B. Locklin, Liturgy of Liberation: a Christian Commentary on Shankara’s Upadesasahasri (Louvain & Grand Rapids: Peeters & Eerdmans, 2011), in Horizons 40/2 (2013): 298-300.
2008 – John Makransky, Awakening Through Love: Unveiling your Deepest Goodness (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2007), in Journal of Buddhist Ethics 15 (2008): 31-39. Here
2007 – Catherine Cornille, ed., Song Divine: Christian Commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita (Louvain: Peeters & Eerdmans, 2006), in Theological Studies 67 (2007): 710-712.