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Muthuraj Swamy Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, Westminster Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 9HG, United Kingdom. Tel.: (0044) 1223 330641; Email: [email protected]


Academic Qualifications

Religion & Theology Degree/ Course


Master of Theology


Bachelor of Divinity



Theology (B.Th.)

Area of Research Interfaith Dialogue (Religious Studies)
Theology, Religion

Year 2012
2005 2001 1997




School of Divinity Edinburgh, UK

United Theological Serampore, First College, Bangalore India

UTC, Bangalore



Madras Theological Serampore First Seminary & College

Social Sciences Degree/ Course M.A M.A. (Open) B.A.

Major Political Science Sociology Political Science

College/University Madurai Kamaraj University, India Annamalai University, India Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Professional Experience

Current Positions:


Director, Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, Cambridge


Theological Education Project Manager, Anglican Communion Office, London

Previous Work:

2010-2018: Faculty member at the Serampore University, India (at the Union Biblical Seminary,

Pune) – worked as Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor.

2017-2018: Dean of Postgraduate Studies, UBS.

2016-2018 Editor, Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion, London.

2013-2018: Dean/HOD, Faculty of Theology and Ethics, UBS.

2011-2014: Faculty-in-Charge, Research Resource Centre (Library & Archives), UBS.

2008-2010: Tutor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Visiting Faculty
April 2017Jan-Mar 2017 201520142010-

Invited to be part of the Harmony Lecture Series for the Professional Doctorate in Interfaith Studies programme at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Visiting Fellow, St. John’s College, Durham University, United Kingdom Sabbatical at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford. Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, Madras Christian College, Chennai South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore The Association for Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE), Bangalore
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Teaching in Cambridge (2018-2019)

Divinity Faculty: Federation:

B7 World Christianities (lectures during the Michaelmas and Lent Terms) B7 – supervision of essays Supervision of DTM student Teaching the Module ‘Theology and Practice of Mission’ for MA (Lent and Summer Terms) BTh Teaching Supervision of MA Common Award Dissertation

Research Interests

• Religious plurality; lived and expressed religion • Christianity in India/Asia; World Christianity; Contextual theologies • Peace studies and conflict resolution • Ecumenism and interreligious dialogue • Methodologies in the study of religion • Theological Education; History of Theology; Theological Methods • Science-religion dialogue • Comparative religious fundamentalisms • Religion-State relationships; Religion-secular distinctions • Religion and Marxism; Current debates on secularisation and secularism • Issues in individual and community relations • Identity, conflicts and the significance of multiple identities

Current Research Projects

 CCCW-Tearfund research project on ‘Local churches’ responses to conflicts’. This project studies situation in seven countries which are currently undergoing conflicts, and field research is done in two countries. I am involved in this project as its Principal Investigator and work along with a Research Associate based at CCCW.

 A Book Project on Indian Christianity: ‘Reactions to Christianity in Contemporary India: Perceptions, Interpretations and Responses’ for Fortress Press, Philadelphia
This project studies and interprets, with the support of ethnographic field research, the resistance to Christianity in order to evaluate the generalizations and reductionist views on resistance to Christianity in India, and to study the complex nature of the variety of oppositions (political, organizational, nationalist, religious, ethnic as well as in ordinary lives, etc.) in their contexts.

 Revisiting the Religious Pluralism Debates This project studies various proposals placed in relation to religious pluralism within the field of theology of religions since the mid-20th century and also many reactions to it. The objective is to offer a contemporary reading of these debates in order to show and interpret the significance of these debates for the contemporary context.

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 A Project on ‘Current Approaches to Interfaith Dialogue: A Critical Overview’ I am preparing a manuscript critically presenting and studying various approaches, both positive and critical, to interfaith dialogue. This book is intended to be a sourcebook for students and scholars of interfaith dialogue and peace studies in the global context, and it critically presents and discusses dialogue in twenty major approaches to it.
Published Books: 1. Reconciliation, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2019. London: SPCK & Delhi: ISPCK, 2018. (ISBN-13: 9780281080083). 2. The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue: Plurality, Conflict and Elitism in Hindu-ChristianMuslim Relations. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. (ISBN-13: 9781350048591).
Edited Books: 1. Witnessing Together: Global Anglican Perspectives on Evangelism and Witness. A PreLambeth 2020 Book Vol 2 of 3. Co-edited work. London: Anglican Communion Office, 2019. (ISBN-13: 9781911007142). 2. Walking Together: Global Anglican Perspectives on Reconciliation. A Pre-Lambeth 2020 Book Vol 1 of 3. Co-edited work. London: Anglican Communion Office, 2019. (ISBN-13: 9781911007128). 3. Christian Engagement in Social Change: The Role of Theological Education. Co-edited work. New Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2018. (ISBN 13: 9789351482253).
Forthcoming Monographs: 1. Reactions to Christianity in Contemporary India: Perceptions, Interpretations and Responses. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 2019/20. 2. Deconstructing the Antecedents of Interreligious Dialogue. Postcolonialism and Religion Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Proposal accepted, work in progress)
Select Research Essays and Articles Forthcoming:
1. “Reformation, Sola Scriptura and Christian Mission” in Reformation and Missional Hermeneutics: Indian Perspectives, ed. J. Thomaskutty. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 2019.
2. “Prayer as Engagement with God and with the Struggles of the World” in Listening Together: Global Anglican Perspectives on Prayer and the Renewal of the Religious Life. Edited by Muthuraj Swamy and Stephen Spencer. London: Anglican Communion Office, 2020.
3. “Christian Missionary Constructions Hinduism: Issues and Implications for Mission Studies,” Oxford Handbook of Mission Studies, edited by Kirsteen Kim and Knud Jorgensen. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
4. “Re-Forming the Reformation in the Light of Contemporary Ecumenical Developments,” in ‘Such a time as this’: A Re-imagining of Reformation, ed. Y. T. Vinayaraj.
5. Book Review: Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South in Reading Religion.
6. Book Review: The Economics of Religion in India by Sriya Iyer, Harvard University Press, 2018.
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2019 7. “The Disciples’ Misconceptions of God’s Mission and Jesus’ Correctives: Insights for Evangelism and Witness Today” in Witnessing Together: Global Anglican Perspectives on Evangelism and Witness. Edited by Muthuraj Swamy and Stephen Spencer. London: Anglican Communion Office, 2019, pp.103-127. 8. “Walking together for reconciliation in the Holy Land” in Walking Together: Global Anglican Perspectives on Reconciliation. Edited by Muthuraj Swamy and Stephen Spencer. London: Anglican Communion Office, 2019, pp. 1-13. 9. “Reconciliation Grounded in Self-Criticism, Pro-activism and Justice” in Walking Together: Global Anglican Perspectives on Reconciliation. Edited by Muthuraj Swamy and Stephen Spencer. London: Anglican Communion Office, 2019, pp. 101-110.
2018 10. “The Theological Potentials of Local Ecumenical Efforts in Ordinary and Everyday Life: An Ethnographic Study of South Indian Context” in Ecclesial Practices (Brill) 5/2 (December 2018): 138-156.
2017 11. “Refugee Crisis and Migration Today: Challenges for Doing Theology,” Theology 120/5 (September-October, 2017): 334-346. 12. “The Joy of Relationships for an Anglican,” in The Joy of Being an Anglican. Chawton, Hants, UK: Redemptionist Publications, 2017, pp. 112-122. 13. “Living Faith in the Context of Suffering,” Word & Worship 50/3 (July-Sep 2017): 232-254. 14. “Reading Martin Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian as Catholics and Protestants Together,” Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies 21/2 (July-December 2017): 145-162. 15. “Towards an Active Christian Public Engagement in the Context of Hindu(tva) Fundamentalism,” in Christian Engagement in Social Change: The Role of Theological Education, edited by Muthuraj Swamy and Wilson Paluri (New Delhi: CWI, 2017), 155-169. 16. “Christian Mission as Invitation,” New Life Theological Journal 7/1 (Jan-June 2017): 53-64. An earlier version published online (, October 2016. 17. “Reformation and Rethinking as Ongoing Processes” in Church Reformed: Always Reforming, edited by Vincent Rajkumar. Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2017, pp. 189-197. 18. “Christian Responses to Religious Fundamentalism in India Today: Postures, Pitfalls and Prospects,”Clark Theological College Journal VI/2 (January 2017): 21-37.
2016 19. “Interpreting Christianity in Relation to Other Religions & Secular Ideologies: The Challenge of M. M. Thomas,” Religion & Society 61/3 & 4 (September-December 2016): 73-101. 20. “Theological Writing in India Today,” New Life Theological Journal 6/2 (July 2016): 17-32. 21. “Cyprian and the Unity of the Church: The Continuing Significance of De Ecclesiae Catholicae Unitate,” UBS Journal 10/2 (November 2016): 21-35. 22. “Imagining Christian Identity in Relation to Reformed Secularism,” National Council of Churches in India Review CXXXVI/9 (October 2016): 525-543. 23. “K. C. Sen on Christ and Christianity,” Bangalore Theological Forum 47/1 (June 2016): 11631. 24. “Objections to the Perspicuity and Clarity of Scripture: A Survey of Historical and Contemporary Arguments,” UBS Journal 10/1 (March 2016):102-145. 25. “Indian Christian Responses to Anti-Conversion Activities: A Proposal for Enhancement and Alternatives,” Journal of Mission and Intercultural Studies 3/1 (Jan-June 2016): 56-68.
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2015 26. “Radical Pluralism and Christic Principle in Raimon Panikkar’s Theology of Religions,” Indian Journal of Theology 57/2 (December 2015): 76-95. 27. “Building Church through Building Relationships: A Biblical Case for Crossing Borders,” National Council of Churches in India Review, CXXXV/11 (December 2015): 600-618.
2012 28. “Women’s Work and Sexual Division of Labour: Critiques from Feminist Perspectives,” in Women’s Issues and Reflections, Christina Manohar, ISPCK, Delhi, 2012, pp.107-123.
2009 29. “What does Interfaith Dialogue Mean at the Grass Roots? Reflections from Field Research in South India,” Journal of the Fellowship of St Thomas, Dunblane, UK (Sep 2008-Jan 2009).
2008 30. “Religion and State in St Ambrose and in Hindu Nationalism: A Comparative Study,” Asia Journal of Theology, 22:2 (October 2008): 350-375. 31. “The Bible and Postliberal Theologies,” Bangalore Theological Forum, XL: 1 (2008): 31-55.
2003 32. “The Mission of the Church: Peace with Justice,” Masihi Sevak: Journal of Christian Ministry, Vol. XXVII, No. 3 (March 2003): 13-17.
2001 33. “Religious Conversion in the Hindutva Context,” (Tamil) in India or Hindutva? Eds. Vijayakumar and J. M. Razu, Education for Democracy Series, NCCI-URM, 2001, pp. 63-77.
Select Book Reviews/ Review Articles: 1. A Tale of Two Theologians: Treatment of Third Word Theologies by Ambrose Mong, Cambridge: James Clarke & Co, 2017 in Reading Religion, 2018, 2. Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints, edited by Reid B. Locklin, New York: SUNY Press, 2017 in Reading Religion, 2017. 3. The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, New York: Oxford University Press, 2016 in Reading Religion, 2017. 4. Dialogue: The Church and the Voice of the Other, Peter Lang, 2007 in Studies in World Christianity, 17: 3, Dec. 2011, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 295-297. 5. ‘People’s Power’: Asian/Indian’s Liberation Theology by Anthoniraj Thumma, Delhi: ISPCK in Bangalore Theological Forum, XXXVI: 2, December. 2004, pp. 131-136.
Paper Presentations & Participation in Select Conferences/Events
• Theological Education for Mission in the Anglican Communion (TEMAC) Inter-continental Conference on ‘Prayer and the Renewal of the Religious Life’, St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya, May 29-June 2, 2019 (Paper to be presented on “Prayer as Engagement”)
• Anglican Consultative Council, Hong Kong, April 27-May 5, 2019. • Postcolonial Theology Seminar at the Centre for Anglican Communion Studies, Virginia
Theological Seminary, March 14, 2019.
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• Lesslie Newbigin Summer Institute on ‘Jesus and the World’s Faiths,’ Trinity Hall, Cambridge, July 9-12, 2018. (Two papers to be presented on “Christianity and the challenge of pluralism in Indian perspective” and “Christian Mission and Hospitality”)
• Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion (MTAC) Conference on ‘Evangelism and Witness,’ Dallas, USA, May 28 to June 3, 2018 (Paper presented on “The Disciples’ Misconception of Mission and Jesus’ Correctives”)
• Durham University International Conference on ‘Ecclesiology and Ethnography,’ September 1214, 2017 (Plenary paper presented on “The Significance of the Local Churches’ Efforts for Ecumenism in South India: An Ethnographic Study”)
• Senate of Serampore College Workshop on ‘Science and Religion in Theological Education,’ Kolkata, August 12-15, 2017.
• Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth (Papal Seminary), Seminar on ‘500 Years of Reformation: A Journey of Discovery,’ Pune, July 27, 2017 (Paper Presented on “Understanding Reformation in the Light of the Ecumenical Perspectives Today”)
• National Biblical Catechetical Liturgical Centre (NBCLC), Bangalore, Conference on ‘Pilgrimage towards Unity: Transcending the Barriers’ (Paper presented on “Living Faith in the Context of Suffering: A Reason for Church Unity,” April 29, 2017).
• Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society (CISRS) and Ecumenical Christian Centre , Bangalore, Consultation on‘500th year of Reformation and 80th year of Rethinking Christianity in India,’ April 25-27, 2017 (Paper presented on “Rethinking Christianity Movements: Challenges for ‘Church Always Reforming’”)
• Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion (MTAC) Inter-Continental Conference on ‘Reconciliation and Mission,’St. George’s College, Jerusalem, March 27-30, 2017 (Paper presented on “Reconciliation Grounded in Self-Criticism, Pro-activism and Justice”)
• Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion (MTAC) Seminar, Lambeth Palace, March 16, 2017, Durham University, February 22, 2017 & seminar at the Church Mission Society, Oxford, March 15, 2017 (Paper presented on “Christian Responses to Anti-Conversion in India”)
• Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion (MTAC) Conference on ‘Contextual Mission in India’ Seminar, Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore, October 19-21, 2016 (Paper presented on “Mission as Invitation”)
• South Asia Theological Research Institute National Colloquium on ‘Reclaiming Religions in the Context of Religious Fundamentalism,’ Hyderabad, Aug9-11, 2016 (Paper presented).
• International Justice Mission (IJM) Consultation on ‘Overcoming Violence and Pursuing Justice,’ Pune, September 8-10, 2016.
• Global Theological Initiative (GTI) Conference on ‘Holy Scripture: Canon and Community in a Global Age,’ Delhi Bible Institute, Delhi, January 28-30, 2016 (Paper presented)
• Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College (BTESSC) and the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) Workshop on ‘The Writing on the Wall,’ Pune, November 26-28, 2015 (Paper presented).
• National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) Workshop on ‘Integrated Living in a Plural Society,’ Nagpur, October 7-9, 2015.
• Centre for Mission Studies (CMS) Conference on ‘Freedom of Religion and Christian Identity,’ Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, November 5-7, 2015 (Paper presented)
• Crossway Workshop on ‘Writing Bible Study Courses,’ Minneapolis, September 10-14, 2012.
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• World Council of Churches (WCC) Consultation on ‘God of Life: Lead us into Peace and Justice,’ Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore, India, April 24-25, 2012.
• Centre for Mission Studies (CMS) Conference on ‘Christian Mission and the Middle Class,’ Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, January 18-20, 2012 (Paper presented)
• ‘Children at Risk,’organised by the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai, and El Mission seminar, Hermannsberg, Germany, at Chennai, India, November 15-17, 2010.
• ‘Global Institute of Theology,’ by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), Geneva, & the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC), Chicago & Grand Rapids, USA, June 4-28,2010.
• International Consultation on ‘Church in Pluralistic Contexts,’ Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, January 7-11, 2008.
• Centre for the Study of Implicit Religion and Contemporary Spirituality, UK, Conference on ‘Implicit Religion,’ Ecumenical Resource Centre, Bangalore, March17-19, 2005.
• Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, International Consultation on ‘Interrogating Mission,’ at the Ecumenical Resource Centre, Bangalore, September 22-25,2004.
• Anglican Communion’s Seminarians’ Course on ‘Anglican Spirituality,’ Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, United Kingdom, August 3-27, 2001.
Courses Taught & Research Projects Supervised
Doctoral Level (DMin, Serampore University, India)

Research Projects Supervised (partly):

Theological Education for Laity

Christian Mission among Slum Dwellers in Mumbai

Postgraduate Level

MTh, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune

Courses Taught:

Theological Education in India/Asia

Christian Responses to Secularism

Indian/Asian Christian Theologies/Theologians

Study of Religious Texts

Theological Methodologies

Modern Western Theology (Protestant)

Pedagogical Methods in Theological Education

Research Projects Supervised:

Scientific Theology of Alister McGrath

Concept of Sin in Kierkegaard

Public Theology of Miroslav Volf

Theology of Religions after Liberational Criticism

Ecclesiology of Stanley Hauerwas

Theology and Politics (Yoder and Boff)

Hypothetical Consonance in Science-religion Relations

The Association for Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE) Hermeneutics: Bible, Culture and Context Mission and Sociology Research Methods Understanding Indian Religious Cultural Context Anthropology for Mission
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Research Projects Supervised:
Graduate Level Union Biblical Seminary, Pune:
Research Projects Supervised: University of Edinburgh (Tutor):

Inter-religious Marriage and its Impact on Churches in India Theological Education and Church Growth Rag Pickers and Their Attitudes to Gospel in Mumbai City Churches and Urban Mission
Science & Religion; Introduction to Christian Theology; Theological Methods; Hinduism; Introduction to Major Religions; Histories of Religions and Cultures in India; Indian Christian Theology; Christian Witness in Pluralistic Societies; Modern Religious and Secular Movements; Sociology; Study Methods for Theological Education Comparative Theologies; Marxism and Religion; Hindu Nationalism; Eco-theologies; Zionism and Hindutva ‘Religion in the Contemporary World: Indigenous Religions and the Religions of Asia’; and ‘Religion and Society: Social Scientific Approaches to the Study of Religion’ for the Seniors

Languages Known

Apart from Tamil which is my mother tongue, and English, I have some basic knowledge in Sanskrit, Arabic and Greek.


 Funding from Tearfund at CCCW for a six-month research project on local churches’ conflicts to conflicts, 2019.
 Funding from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion, London for Sabbatical Research, January-March 2017.
 St. Augustine’s Foundation Grant for PhD, 2006-2009.  The University of Edinburgh School of Divinity Postgraduate Scholarship, 2006-2009.  The University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship, 2006-2009.  Several Prizes for academic distinction in Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology studies at
the United Theological College, Bangalore, 1999-2001 & 2003-2005  World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) Georges Lombard Prize for International Essay
Competition on ‘The Bible, Theology and Economics,’ Geneva, Switzerland, 2001.

February 2019

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