Douglas E. Christie received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, his M.A. from Oxford University and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He has been awarded fellowships from the Luce Foundation, the Lilly Foundation and the NEH. From 2013-2015 he served as Co-director of the Casa de la Mateada study abroad program in Córdoba, Argentina. His primary research interests focus on contemplative thought and practice in ancient and medieval Christianity and on spirituality and ecology. He is the author of The Word in The Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism (Oxford), The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Note for a Contemplative Ecology (Oxford), and is the founding editor of Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality (Johns Hopkins). His work has appeared in The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality, The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism, Horizons, Cross Currents, The Anglican Theological Review, Weavings, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Cistercian Studies Quarterly, Studia Patristica, The Best Spiritual Writing, and Orion. His current work is focused on the idea of mystical darkness and the contemporary sense of exile, loss and emptiness.
Graduate Theological Union: Ph.D., Christian Spirituality 1988
Oxford University: M.A., Theology 1980
University of California, Santa Cruz: B.A., Religious Studies/Psychology 1977
Areas of Expertise (3)
Early Christian Monasticism
Spirituality and Ecology
The Practice of Everyday Life
Into the Desert
Contemplatives in Action
The Night Office: Loss, Darkness and the Practice of SolidarityAnglican Theological Review
Anglican Theological Review 99:2 (Spring 2017): 211-232.
Becoming Painfully Aware: Spirituality and Solidarity in Laudato Si’The Theological and Ecological Vision of Laudato Si’: Everything is Connected
Ed. Vincent Miller (London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017): 109-126.
Nature Writing and Nature MysticismRoutledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology
Ed. Willis J. Jenkins, Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim (London, Routledge, 2017): 227-234.
‘The Joy of Feeling Close to God’: The Practice of Prayer and the Work of AccompanimentAnglican Theological Review
Anglican Theological Review 95:4 (Fall, 2013): 585-606.
The Eternal Present: Slow Knowledge and the Renewal of TimeJournal of Buddhist-Christian Studies
Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies 33 (2013): 13-21