Cup of Nirvana Philosophical and Contemplative Explorations

Education

Dr. Michael Sudduth earned his B.A. in philosophy (summa cum laude) in 1992 at Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, California), where he also studied Latin and Religious Studies.   He holds an M.Phil. in philosophical theology and D.Phil., both from the University of Oxford where he specialized in philosophy of religion. He spent a year as a visiting graduate fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University Notre Dame while completing his doctoral dissertation.

During his three years in residence at the University of Oxford (at Oriel College and St. Hugh’s College), Sudduth studied under:

  • Professor Richard Swinburne — philosophy of religion
  • Rev. Brian Davies — medieval philosophical theology
  • Rev. Alister McGrath — Reformation theology
  • Rev. Keith Ward — modern philosophical theology

The Oxford Theology Faculty conferred the D.Phil. degree on Sudduth in 1996 for his dissertation on the epistemology of religious belief, researched and written under the supervision of Professor Richard Swinburne.

Oriel College, University of Oxford

While at Oxford, Sudduth distinguished himself with a variety of scholarships, including the Oriel College Graduate Scholarship, St. Hugh’s College Senior Scholarship, and the Denyer and Johnson Studentship in Theology.

In 1995–1996 Sudduth spent a year as a visiting graduate fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, where he worked with Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga, whose “Reformed epistemology” was the focus of Sudduth’s D.Phil. dissertation.