The Centre for Philosophy, Theology, and Cultural Traditions
welcomes its second visitor of 2003:

Alan P.F. Sell


Rev. Professor Alan P. F. Sell, PhD, DD, DTh, FRHS, FSA, formerly Professor of Christian Doctrine and Philosophy of Religion at the United Theological College, Aberystwyth (Wales), will be a guest of the Centre and of the Jules Leger Chair in Studies in the Humanities at StFX, from 14 - 30 November 2003.

While in Nova Scotia, Professor Sell will collaborate with Dr William Sweet on contemporary research in the philosophy of religion. Professor Sell will also deliver the annual Christian Culture Lectures at St Francis Xavier University on November 17 and 19


An internationally known scholar of ecumenical studies and of the philosophy of religion, will Professor Sell is a graduate of the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham. He studied philosophy and divinity from 1953 to 1961, graduating with a PhD in 1967. From 1959 to 1964 he served in parishes in the United Kingdom, before becoming a lecturer in the West Midlands College of Higher Education in 1968. In 1983, he was appointed Executive Secretary for Theology for the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (Presbyterian and Congregational) in Geneva, where he served until 1988. He held the Chair of Christian Thought at the University of Calgary (1988-1992) and was Professor and Chair of Christian Doctrine and Philosophy of Religion at the United Theological College, Aberystwyth, Wales from 1992 until 2001. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia. Since 2001 he has continued to publish and lecture, and serves as a theological consultant with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.


Professor Sell is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Antiquaries, and received a Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Manchester, based on  his many published works. He holds Honorary Doctorates in Divinity from Ursinus College (Pennsylvania) and Acadia University (Nova Scotia), and an Honorary Doctorate of Theology from the University of Debrecen (Hungary).


Professor Sellís main areas of expertise are intercultural and interfaith dialogue, the philosophy of religion, and philosophical theology. He is the author of some 25 books, including Confessing and Commending the Faith: Historic Witness and Apologetic Method (2002); Commemorations: Studies in Christian Thought and History (1993), Philosophical Idealism and Christian Belief (1995) and John Locke and the Eighteenth-Century Divines (1997)



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