Charles M. Stang

Charles M. Stang

Professor of Early Christian Thought
Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions
Charles Stang, Professor of Early Christian Thought and 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. His research and teaching focus on the history and theology of Christianity in late antiquity, especially Eastern varieties of Christianity. More specifically, he is interested in the development of asceticism, monasticism, and mysticism in Eastern Christianity.

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); and with Zachary Guiliano, The Open Body: Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology (Peter Lang, 2012).

Stang's current projects include a book on the problem of evil in Christianity and Neoplatonism, entitled "Beyond God and Evil," to be published by Harvard University Press, and a new edition and translation of Evagrius of Pontus's Gnostic Trilogy (PraktikosGnostikosKephalaia Gnostika), to be published by Oxford University Press.

Other interests include ancient philosophy, especially Neoplatonism; the Syriac Christian tradition, especially the spread of the East Syrian tradition along the Silk Road; religions of the late antique Mediterranean, especially Manichaeism; and modern continental philosophy and theology, especially as they intersect with the study of religion.

In 2017, he became the director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at HDS.

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