Charles Stang Named Recipient of Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise

Charles M. Stang. Photo: Justin Knight

Charles Stang, Associate Professor of Early Christian Thought at Harvard Divinity School, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, formerly known as the John Templeton Prize for Theological Promise.

The annual award is presented to a select group of young scholars in recognition of the best doctoral or first postdoctoral works each year on the topic "God and Spirituality (as broadly understood)."

The Lautenschlaeger Award will be presented at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) on May 31, 2013, to 10 scholars from around the world. The presentation will be followed by a colloquium at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum of the university.

Stang and other award recipients will present and discuss their upcoming projects with Heidelberg colleagues and members of the board of external evaluators, consisting of 26 professors from 19 countries. Award winners will also have the chance to propose an international and interdisciplinary colloquium on an academic topic.

Charles Stang joined the HDS faculty in 2008. His research and teaching focus on the history and theology of Christianity in late antiquity, especially Eastern varieties of Christianity.

Published in 2012, Stang's book, Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: 'No Longer I' (Oxford University Press), considers this sixth-century pseudonymous author and argues that the pseudonym and the influence of Paul are crucial for appreciating his "apophatic" mystical theology and anthropology.

Stang is editor of The Waking Dream of T.E. Lawrence: Essays on His Life, Literature, and Legacy (Palgrave, 2002). He also edited, with Sarah Coakley, Rethinking Dionysius the Areopagite (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and, with Zachary Guiliano, The Open Body: Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology (Peter Lang, 2012).

His current projects include a second book, "The Divine Double," which traces a tradition from antiquity according to which each individual has a divine double, counterpart, or twin, whom one can meet and with whom one then forms a sort of "bi-unity."