Professor Shane Clifton
PhD , BTh (Hons 1) , 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: Disability Studies , Ecclesiology , Theology .

Biography

Shane is Professor of Theology at Alphacrucis College in Sydney, and an Honorary Associate, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney. His research interests include disability studies, virtue ethics, and systematic theology. In 2010 Shane had a serious accident that left him a quadriplegic. He is passionate about the flourishing of and justice for people with a disability.

Books:

Crippled Grace: Disability and the Virtue Tradition, Studies in Religion, Theology & Disability series, Amos Yong and Sarah Melcher (eds), (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, forthcoming 2017).

Husbands Should Not Break: a Memoir about the Pursuit of Happiness after Spinal Cord Injury (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 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.

Refereed journal articles:

Clifton, S, Llewellyn, G. and Shakespeare, T. (2017). "Quadriplegia, virtue theory, and flourishing: a qualitative study drawing on self-narratives". Disability and Society, (accepted for publication (2017).

Clifton, S. (2017). "Identity and the Shape of Pentecostal Theology". Australasian Pentecostal Studies, V.19 (2017): 5-21.

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.

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.

 “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.

Pentecostal Hermeneutics: an Open and Creative Approach,” eOkonomia, 1 (2006): http://oikon.webjournals.org.

Book chapters:

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).

From marginalised to mega-churches: An evaluation of the global impact of Australian Pentecostalism,” co-authored with Denise Austin, in Asia-Pacific Pentecostalism, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies Series, edited by Jacqueline Grey and Paul Lewis, (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

Australian Pentecostalism: Origins, Developments, and Trends,” in Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit Empowered Movements past, Present, and Future, volume 1: Asia and Oceana, edited by Amos Yong (Florida: Charisma House, 2015): 163–173.

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.

Sexism in Church” in Raising Women Leaders, edited by Shane Clifton and Jacqueline Grey (APS: Sydney, 2009): 51-70.

 “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.

Australian Theology,” in Global Dictionary of Theology, edited by William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2008.

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), http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2015/02/26/4187574.htm

Disability and the positivist myth,” ABC Religion and Ethics (September 2014), http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/09/18/4090190.htm

Liberated by a Chair” the Advocate (June 2014)

A Quadriplegic’s Response to the Tim Bowers Story”, ABC The Drum (15 November 2013), http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-15/clifton-a-quadriplegics-response-to-the-tim-bowers-story/5093790.

Blog, http://ShaneClifton.com

Research Interests

Disability, Virtue Ethics, Ecclesiology, Pentecostal Studies

Academic Qualifications

2005

PhD (Australian Catholic University)

2001

BTh (Hons 1) (Sydney College of Divinity)

1992

BEc (Macquarie University)

Selected Publications

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

Clifton, S. (2017). "Identity and the Shape of Pentecostal Theology". Australasian Pentecostal Studies, V.19 (2017): 5-21.

Clifton, S. Yong, A. (ed) (2017). “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 (pp. 117-134). Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Press.

Clifton, S. (2017). “Happiness and Spinal-Cord Injury: A Journey through Traditions of Virtue to Positive Psychology". Journal of Religion Disability and Health, Vol.17.4: 347-368..

Clifton, S, Llewellyn, G. and Shakespeare, T. (2017). "Quadriplegia, virtue theory, and flourishing: a qualitative study drawing on self-narratives". Disability and Society, .

Clifton, S. ed Synan , V. and Yong, A. (2016). “Australian Pentecostalism: Origins, Developments, and Trends” In , Global Renewal Christianity: Asia and Oceania Spirit-Empowered Movements: Past, Present, and Future (pp. ). Lake Mary, Florida: Charisma House, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

Clifton, S. (2014). “Free-Market Religion: a Pentecostal Approach to Economics” In , Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics (pp. 263 – 281). Oxford: Oxford University press.

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

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

Clifton, S. and Ormerod, N. (2010). Globalization and the Mission of the Church. Ecclesiological Investigations Series, London: T&T Clark.

Clifton, S. and Grey, J. (2009). Raising Women Leaders: Perspectives in Liberating Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Contexts. Sydney: APS.

Clifton, S. (2009). Pentecostal Churches in Transition: Analysing the Developing Ecclesiology of the Assemblies of God in Australia. Global Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies Series, the Netherlands: Brill.

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

Clifton, S. (2007). “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, 29:4-22.

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

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