Advancing religious literacy

Thomas Sheehan

Sheehan ThomasProfessor, Department of Religious Studies
Stanford University, California

Thomas Sheehan is Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University and the author of The First Coming, a widely acclaimed and controversial account of Easter. His philosophical specialties are in philosophy of religion, twentieth-century European philosophy, and classical metaphysics. His interests in biblical history exegesis include first-century Christianity and early Jewish and Christian apocalyptic.


  • Edmund Husserl: Psychological and Transcendental Phenomenology, and the Confrontation with Heidegger, ed., Thomas Sheehan and Richard E. Palmer, 1997
  • Karl Rahner: The Philosophical Foundations, 1987
  • The First Coming: How the Kingdom of God Became Christianity, 1986
  • Heidegger, the Man and the Thinker, ed. Thomas Sheehan , 1981

Academic Credentials

  • B.A., St. Patrick’s College
  • M.A., Fordham University
  • Ph.D., Fordham University

Academic Appointments

  • Stanford University, 1999–
  • Loyola University of Chicago, 1972 –1999

Award and Honors

  • Ford Foundation Fellow, 1983–1985
  • American Academy in Rome, Resident Scholar, 1983
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 1980
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation, 1979–1980
  • Director, Collegium Phenomenologicum, Perugia, Italy, 1978
  • Mellon Foundation Grant, 1975