P. T. Mathew holds a Ph.D. in Christian Studies from the University of Madras and did post-doctoral research at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, California. He has taught systematic theology in the faculty of theology at Vidyajyoti College in Delhi. He is the author of We Dare the Waters: the World and the Worldview of Mukkuvar (2001), and Human Persons in the World: Explorations in Christian Anthropology (2017).
Between the Sea and the Sky is an inquiry into the religious world of a traditional fishing community on the Southwest coast of India. It explores the vital role religious and spiritual beliefs play in sustaining people in such a precarious, even deadly occupation. Using the concept of 'lived religion,' Mathew explores the theological, religious, and spiritual contours of this remarkable community, and draws from them broader insights into the nature of belief.