Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Emeritus Faculty

Mark McIntosh, PhD

Title/s:  Professor of Christian Spirituality

Phone: 773.508.2882

Email: mmcint2@luc.edu

CV Link: McIntosh CV


Mark McIntosh, Professor of Christian Spirituality at Loyola University, holds degrees in History and in Theology from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between systematic and historical theology, on the one hand, and the history and theology of Christian spirituality and mystical thought. Most recently he held the post of Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University, a joint appointment as canon residentiary of Durham Cathedral. In 2014, he rejoined the Department of Theology at Loyola, where he had taught for sixteen years. A priest in the Episcopal Church, McIntosh has also served as chaplain to the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, and canon theologian to the 25th Presiding Bishop.

Research Interests

The interaction of trinitarian and Christological teaching, and theological epistemology, with Christian spiritual traditions and mystical thought; traditions of Christian Platonism in medieval, renaissance and early modern thought; spirituality of learning, research, and teaching; the human calling and happiness; faith and reason; Plato, Plotinus, Augustine, Maximus, Eriugena, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Ficino, Traherne, Newman, Weil, Tolkien, C. S. Lewis.

Current research projects:

The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology, co-editor (under contract with Oxford University Press).

The Mind of God: Divine Ideas in Christian Theology and Mysticism (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Selected Publications

Recent or indicative publications:

"God as First Truth, the Will's Good, and Faith's Cause: The Theology of Faith and Newman's University Sermons,” International Journal of Systematic Theology, vol. 15/4 (October 2013): 416–436.

“The Maker’s Meaning: Divine Ideas and Salvation,” Modern Theology, vol. 28/3 (July 2012): 365–84.

Discernment and Truth: The Spirituality and Theology of Knowledge (New York: Crossroad/Herder, 2004).