Religion in

Christopher D. L. Johnson
Part-time Instructor/Online Course Grader

Eastern Christianity, Monasticism and Asceticism, Mysticism and Contemplation, Orientalism, Music and Religion, Religion and Globalization, Discourses on Appropriation


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Christopher D.L. Johnson is a part-time Instructor in the Department who currently teaches online sections of REL 100 and REL 112 (and who, in 2010-11 also taught REL 100 along with the Honors section, REL 105). In the past he also taught for UA's Honors College and New College and, for 2010-11 served as REL's faculty advisor for the local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology.

He completed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and his M.Sc. with distinction in Religious Studies there in 2005. Dr. Johnson received his B.A. in Philosophy from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2003.

His first book was published in 2010 by Continuum: The Globalization of Hesychasm and the Jesus Prayer: Contesting Contemplation.

Current projects: Dr. Johnson is currently publishing on the comparative hermeneutics of nonsense in Byzantine chant, Russian Futurist poetry, and popular music. Another of his projects explores the social significance of Symeon of Emesa, a 6th century Syriac 'holy fool'. He is also working on a text about the presence of orientalism in internal and external depictions of Eastern Christianity.