Douglas E. Christie is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where he teaches in the area of Christian Spirituality. He earned his Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union, and his M.A. in Theology from Oxford University. His primary research interests focus on the contemplative traditions of ancient Christian monasticism, on spirituality and the natural world, and on practices of emptiness. 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 work has long been influenced by the life of practicing contemplative communities, primarily in the U.S., but also in Italy, Greece, and Egypt. For the past two years, he has been living with his family in Córdoba, Argentina serving as co-director of LMU’s new study abroad program, Casa de la Mateada. Rooted in the Jesuit vision of “education for solidarity,” the program invites students to enter deeply into the life of the local community and to give themselves over to the simple contemplative practice of accompaniment, especially with those on the margins. This experience has helped to shape his current research, a study of how traditions of spiritual darkness and unknowing can help us respond meaningfully to the contemporary sense of exile, loss and emptiness.