Professor Shane Clifton

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Professor Shane Clifton
Former Professor of Theology


Shane Clifton is Honorary Associate, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney. His current research is interdisciplinary, exploring the intersection between disability studies, virtue ethics, and Christian theology. Shane worked for Alphacrucis in various roles from 1999 to 2018.

Research Interests

Disability, Virtue Ethics, Ecclesiology, Pentecostal Studies

Academic Qualifications


PhD (Australian Catholic University)

Selected Publications

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

Clifton, S, Llewellyn, G. and Shakespeare, T. (2018). "Quadriplegia, virtue theory, and flourishing: a qualitative study drawing on self-narratives". Disability and Society, 33.120-38. | Link to journal | External link

Clifton, Shane (2018). Spirit, submission, power, and abuse : A response to teaching on female submission and the scourge of domestic violence. St Mark's Review, Iss. 243.72-86. | AC Link

Clifton, S., Llewellyn, G., and Shakespeare, T. (2018). Faith, Spirituality, and Living the Good Life with Quadriplegia. Journal of psychology of religion and spirituality, Accepted for publication.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clifton, Shane (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. | External link

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

Clifton, Shane (2013). “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.. | External link

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

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

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

Clifton, S. Yong, A. (ed) (2009). The Spirit Renews the Face of the Earth: Pentecostal Forays in Science and Theology of Creation In , “Preaching the ‘Full Gospel’ in the Context of Global Environmental Crisis" (pp. 117-134). Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Press.

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

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.