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The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology

Douglas E. Christie


The fourth-century writer Evagrius of Pontus likens the experience of contemplation to dwelling in a kind of place. “When the mind has put off the old self and shall put on the one born of grace,” says Evagrius, “then it will see its own state in the time of prayer resembling sapphire of the color of heaven. This state is called by scripture, the place of God.” This book believes that the ancient tradition of Christian contemplative thought and practice represented by Evagrius has a genuine contribution to make to the world of ecological thought and practice. At the same time, he says, the sen ... More

Keywords: Evagrius of Pontus, Christian contemplative thought, ecological thought, ecological practice, faith communities, early Christian monastics, ecological writings, ecological spirituality, ecological restoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199812325
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas E. Christie, author
Loyola Marymount University