Charles M. Stang
Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions
- AB, Harvard College
- MDiv, University of Chicago
- ThD, Harvard Divinity School
Charles Stang joined the Faculty of Divinity in 2008. In 2017, he became the director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at HDS.
His research and teaching focus on the history of Christianity in the context of the ancient Mediterranean world, especially Eastern varieties of Christianity. More specifically, his interests include: the development of asceticism, monasticism, and mysticism in Christianity; ancient philosophy, especially Neoplatonism; the Syriac Christian tradition, especially the spread of the East Syrian tradition along the Silk Road; other philosophical and religious movements of the ancient Mediterranean, including Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Manichaeism; and modern continental philosophy and theology, especially as they intersect with the study of religion.
His most recent book, Our Divine Double, was published in 2016 by Harvard University Press. His earlier book, Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: “No Longer I” (Oxford University Press, 2012), won the Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise in 2013. Stang is also editor of The Waking Dream of T.E. Lawrence: Essays on His Life, Literature, and Legacy (Palgrave, 2002); with Sarah Coakley, Rethinking Dionysius the Areopagite (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009); with David Lincicum and Ruth Sheridan, Law and Lawlessness in Early Judaism and Christianity (Mohr Siebeck, 2019).
Stang’s current projects include an anthology of Syriac Christian literature, a new translation of Evagrius of Pontus’s Gnostic Trilogy from Greek and Syriac, and an edited volume on Theosophy’s influence on the study of religion.
- Law and Lawlessness in Early Judaism and Christianity (Mohr Siebeck, 2019)
- Our Divine Double (Harvard University Press, 2016)
- Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite (Oxford University Press, 2012)
- The Open Body: Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology (Peter Lang, 2012)
- Rethinking Dionysius the Areopagite (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
- The Waking Dream of T.E. Lawrence: Essays on His Life, Literature, and Legacy (Palgrave, 2002)
- “Giorgio Agamben, the Church, and Me,” Harvard Divinity Bulletin
- “All Flesh Must Once Again Become Fire: Origen’s Untamed Thinking,” Harvard Divinity Bulletin
- "Doubting Thomas, Restaged: Between Athens and Jerusalem,” Harvard Divinity Bulletin
- “Nox, or the Muteness of Things,” Harvard Divinity Bulletin
- “Ash and Breath: Christ on The Road,” Harvard Divinity Bulletin
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