Professor Shane Clifton
PhD , BTh (Hons) , BEc

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Professor Shane Clifton
Professor of Theology

Shane is a member of the Faculty of Theology and specialises in the following areas: Theology .


Having earned his undergraduate degree from Alphacrucis, Shane graduated with a PhD in theology from the Australian Catholic University. His published research has two primary loci: Pentecostal theology and disability studies. He is the editor of Australasian Pentecostal Studies journal, and an Honorary Associate, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Sydney. Shane teaches in the areas of theology and ethics, and is one of the longest serving members of faculty, having worked at the college in various capacities since 1995. He is married to Elly, and together they have three sons. 



Crippled Grace: Disability, Virtue Ethics, and the Good Life, Studies in Religion, Theology & Disability series, (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, forthcoming 2018).

Husbands Should Not Break: a Memoir about the Pursuit of Happiness after Spinal Cord Injury (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2015).

Globalization and the Mission of the Church, co-authored with Neil Ormerod, Ecclesiological Investigations Series, London: T&T Clark, Jan. 2010.

Pentecostal Churches in Transition: Analysing the Developing Ecclesiology of the Assemblies of God in Australia, Global Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies Series, the Netherlands: Brill, June 2009

Raising Women Leaders: Perspectives in Liberating Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Contexts, co-edited with Jacqueline Grey, Sydney: APS, 2009.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Faith, Spirit, and Living the Good Life with Quadriplegia,” co-authored with Gwynnyth Llewellyn and Tom Shakespeare, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (2017): under review.

Quadriplegia, virtue theory, and flourishing: a qualitative study drawing on self-narratives,” co-authored with Gwynnyth Llewellyn and Tom Shakespeare, Disability and Society (2017): accepted for publication.

"Identity and the Shape of Pentecostal Theology,"  APS 19 (2017): 5-21.

Flourishing in a broken body: An interview with Professor Shane Clifton,” co-authored with Matthew P. Anstey, Flourishing in Faith, edited by Gillies Ambler, Matthew P. Anstey, Theo D. McCall, and Mathew White (Eugene, Ore: Wipf and Stock, 2017).

Australian Pentecostalism: Origins, Developments, and Trends,” in Global Renewal Christianity: Asia and Oceania Spirit-Empowered Movements: Past, Present, and Future, ed. Amos Yong and Vinson Synan (Lake Mary, Florida: Charisma House, 2016).

Disability, theodicy, and fragility,” Theological Studies, Vol 76.4 (Dec 2015): 765 – 784.

NDIS, the disabled voice, and the church,” St Mark’s Review, No 232 (July 2015): 65 –80.

Grieving My Broken Body: an Autoethnographic Account of Spinal Cord Injury as an Experience of Grief”, Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation, 36.21 (2014): 1823-9.

The Dark Side of Healing: Toward a Theology of Well-Being”, Pneuma 36.2 (2014): 204 – 225.

Free-Market Religion: a Pentecostal Approach to Economics,” in Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics, edited by Paul Oslington (Oxford: Oxford University press, 2014): 263 – 281.

Spinal-Cord Injury and the Joy of Work” (2013), Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 16.4 (July 2013): 377-390.

Happiness and Spinal-Cord Injury: A Journey through Traditions of Virtue to Positive Psychology,” Journal of Religion Disability and Health, Vol.17.4 (2013): 347 – 368.

Ecumenism from the bottom up”, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 47:4, (Fall 2012): 576-592.

Preaching the ‘Full Gospel’ in the Context of Global Environmental Crisis”, in The Spirit Renews the Face of the Earth: Pentecostal Forays in Science and Theology of Creation, edited by Amos Yong (Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Press, 2009):117-134.

Pentecostals and Politics”, Asian Journal of Pentecostal of Pentecostal Studies, Vol. 11:1 (2008): 229-244.

The Spirit and Doctrinal Development: A functional analysis of the Traditional Pentecostal Doctrine of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit,” Pneuma, The Journal for the Society of Pentecostal Studies, 29 (2007):4-22.


Pentecostal Ecclesiology: A Methodological Proposal for a Diverse Movement,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 15:2 (2007): 213-232.

Selected Conference papers and presentations:

Australasian Religious Press Association Conference 2016: keynote session, “Disability and justice in the church and contemporary media,” 3 September 2016.

Reason, will, and theological anthropology – a friendly disagreement with Hans Reinders,” Exclusion and Embrace: Disability, Justice and Spirituality Conference, Melbourne, 21-23 August 2016 (forthcoming).

Disabled, Spiritual, and Sexual: Reimagining Beauty, Eros, and Sensuality through the Lens of Disability,” SPS, Los Angeles, 9-12 March 2016.

Hoping to Flourish with a Broken Body,” Plenary Speaker at Flourishing in Faith: Positive Psychology and Theology Conference, St Peter’s College, Adelaide, 29-30 September 2014.

Disability and the Problem of Pain”, keynote address, Honest Conversations: Disability and Authentic Christian Communities, hosted by CBM, Melbourne, 10 – 11 July 2014.

The Dark Side of Healing”, International Conference on Pentecostal Theology in the Marketplace, Alphacrucis College, Parramatta, 11-12 July 2013.

Virtue Ethics and Disability,” Theology, Disability, and the People of God, Laidlaw College, Auckland, 2 July 2013.

The Happiness of People with a Disability at Work and in Retirement,” presented at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy, Sydney University, seminar on Disability and Retirement, 14 June 2013.

Non-academic Publications

God, Suffering and Stephen Fry: A Response to John Dickson,” ABC religion and ethics (26 February 2015),

Disability and the positivist myth,” ABC Religion and Ethics (September 2014),

Liberated by a Chair” the Advocate (June 2014)

A Quadriplegic’s Response to the Tim Bowers Story”, ABC The Drum (15 November 2013),


Research Interests

Disability, Virtue Ethics, Ecclesiology, Pentecostal Studies

Academic Qualifications


PhD (Australian Catholic University)


BTh (Hons) (Sydney College of Divinity)


BEc (Macquarie University)

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