Mark McIntosh

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Mark McIntosh
Mark Allen McIntosh

(1960-02-02)February 2, 1960
DiedOctober 13, 2021(2021-10-13) (aged 61)
SpouseAnne Nagle McIntosh
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Anglican)
Ordained1986 (priest)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisThe Doctrine of the Incarnation in Hans Urs von Balthasar (1993)
Doctoral advisorDavid Tracy
Academic work
Main interestsChristian mysticism

Mark Allen McIntosh (February 2, 1960—October 13, 2021) was an American Episcopal priest and theologian. He specialized in systematic theology, historical theology, and the history of Christian spirituality, engaging especially with Christian mysticism.[1][2] From 2014 until his death, he was Professor of Christian Spirituality at Loyola University Chicago.[2] He was previously, from 2009 to 2014, the Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University and a Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

McIntosh was born on 2 February 1960 in Evanston, Illinois, United States.[3] He studied history at Yale University, writing his senior thesis under the supervision of the Christian historian Jaroslav Pelikan, and graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1982.[1][3] He then moved to England where he trained for holy orders at St Stephen's House, Oxford, an Anglo-Catholic theological college, and studied theology at the University of Oxford.[1][3] He graduated with a further BA degree in theology 1985.[3] He then returned to the United States to study at the General Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City; he completed a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in 1986.[3] Studying with several experts in systematic and mystical theology, including Bernard McGinn, he completed his Ph.D. in 1993 at the University of Chicago, where he focused on the mystical aspects of Hans Urs von Balthasar's Christology.[3]


In December 1986, McIntosh was ordained in the Episcopal Church (United States) as a priest by Frank T. Griswold for the Diocese of Chicago.[3][4] From 1986 to 1989, he served as an assistant to the Dean of St James Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois, and from 2003 to 2006, served as canon theologian to Frank T. Griswold during his tenure as 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.[2][3]


McIntosh was well known in the sphere of systematic theology, and especially on Christian mysticism. Looking at the works of Balthasar or Bonaventure, C. S. Lewis or Maximus the Confessor, McIntosh provided in his publications a study of many great theologians in order to reveal the underlying ideas, and adding to them with original and masterful thought. Drawing on themes that begin with the pre-Christian thinkers Plato and Plotinus, McIntosh threaded together the mystical, philosophical, and epistemological traditions of centuries of Christian thought,[2] assembling an impressive corpus of new interpretations as well as his own theological contributions.

Latterly, he taught and researched for projects involving the Divine Ideas, or exemplar forms – their relatively unrecognized but crucial place in Christian theology.[5]

Selected works[edit]

  • McIntosh, Mark A. (1996). Christology from Within: Spirituality and the Incarnation in Hans Urs von Balthasar. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. ISBN 978-0268008154.
  • McIntosh, Mark A. (1998). Mystical Theology: Integrity of Spirituality and Theology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1557869067.
  • McIntosh, Mark A. (2000). Mysteries of Faith. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cowley Publications. ISBN 978-1561011759.
  • McIntosh, Mark A. (2004). Discernment and Truth: The Spirituality and Theology of Knowledge. New York: Independent Publishers Group. ISBN 978-0824521387.
  • McIntosh, Mark A. (2007). Divine Teaching: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1405102711.
  • Howells, Edward and McIntosh, Mark A. and (2020), eds. The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198722380
  • McIntosh, Mark A. (2021). The Divine Ideas Tradition in Christian Mystical Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199580811.
  • McIntosh, Mark A. and Griswold, Frank T. (May 2022). Seeds of Faith: Theology and Spirituality at the Heart of Christian Belief. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0802879738.
  • McIntosh, Mark A. and Griswold, Frank T. (May 2022). Harvest of Hope: A Contemplative Approach to Holy Scripture. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0802879721


  1. ^ a b c "Participants: Mark Allen McIntosh". Humble Approach Initiative. Templeton Foundation. 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mark McIntosh, PhD". Department of Theology. Loyola University Chicago. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Curriculum Vitae: Mark Allen McIntosh" (PDF). Department of Theology. Loyola University Chicago. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Presiding bishop appoints Mark McIntosh new canon theologian". The Episcopal Church. The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. March 18, 2003. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Mcintosh, Mark (July 1, 2012). "The Maker's Meaning: Divine Ideas and Salvation". Modern Theology. 28 (3): 365–384. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0025.2012.01756.x. ISSN 1468-0025.
Academic offices
Preceded by Van Mildert Professor of Divinity
Succeeded by