Wayne Proudfoot

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Wayne Proudfoot
Wayne Lee Proudfoot

(1939-11-17) November 17, 1939 (age 82)
Academic background
Alma materHarvard University
Academic work
DisciplineReligious studies
InstitutionsColumbia University
Main interestsReligious experience
InfluencedGeorge Lindbeck[1]

Wayne Lee Proudfoot (born November 17, 1939) is an American scholar of religion and has written several works in that field, specializing in the philosophy of religion.

Proudfoot earned the degree of Master of Theology from the Harvard Divinity School in 1969, after which he taught at the College of Liberal Arts at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University in midtown Manhattan.

Proudfoot subsequently earned the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy from Harvard University (1972) and became a Professor of Religion at Columbia University. He has written several books about religious experience, most notably a book with that title. He has also published articles on Charles Peirce and William James.


  • Faithful Imagining: Essays in Honor of Richard R. Niebuhr / edited By Sang Hyun Lee, Wayne Proudfoot, Albert Blackwell Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, c1995
  • God and the Self: Three Types of Philosophy of Religion / Wayne Proudfoot Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press, c1976
  • Religious Experience / Wayne Proudfoot Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985
  • William James and a Science of Religions: Reexperiencing the Varieties of Religious Experience / Wayne Proudfoot, Editor New York : Columbia University Press, c2004


  1. ^ Johansson, Lars (1999). "Mystical Knowledge, New Age, and Missiology". In Kirk, J. Andrew; Vanhoozer, Kevin J. (eds.). To Stake a Claim: Mission and the Western Crisis of Knowledge. New York: Orbis Books. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-57075-274-2.

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