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Douglas Lockhart was born in Scotland in 1938.

His writing career started by accident in 1959 when, while serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Germany, he was invited to be features editor of his unit’s in-house magazine.

After some years in advertising he published two novels, Skirmish (1975) and Song of the Man Who Came Through (1978), and wrote articles and short stories for London newspapers and magazines. (The aforementioned novels have been published under the title Sabazius.)

 

Biography

Douglas Lockhart has been an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Tasmanian’s School of Philosophy in Australia for nine years, is an Associate Member of the Westar Institute in the US, and Writer in Residence with the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania. During the seventies, in London (1969-1979), he served for three years on the central committee of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and helped set up awareness groups for deprived children in the city’s East End. During this period he also taught Meditation in Action at the Franklin School of Contemporary Studies in London, and was involved in experimental biofeedback work with a leading UK specialist involved in the development of pain control techniques. This was done in conjunction with a cancer specialist at Bart’s hospital in London, and resulted in his being part of a thermo-photographic experimental project at Bart’s to do with Hatha Yoga postures. This project also involved Douglas in Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) registrations in connection with meditational states.

Throughout this period Douglas worked as a freelance journalist, and that, basically, is what Douglas is, a journalist fortunate enough to have gained academic recognition on the basis of his published works and their orientation. In this vein his writing style is investigative, his conclusions experientially based, his intention the presentation of a point of view born not only from experience but also from wide intellectual engagement.

Literary endorsement for differing portions of his published works have come from:

Academic endorsement from:

Some of the aforementioned have already read and evaluated the first two volumes of The Perennial Philosophy Revisited, their conclusions added to those particular volumes and other earlier writings. Further endorsement will be forthcoming for volume three.

 

Forthcoming Fiction Novels:

 

1996 – A Metaphor Synopsis and First chapter. This is a novel with an international theme set in Australia circa 1996 which develops into a tale of intrigue and deception at the political level.

 

Published Works.

Skirmish: The Cosmological Vision of Alexis Sabazius.
Hardback novel, 182 pages published by Peter Owen Limited, London 1975. This book deals in a no-nonsense manner with the phenomenon of the teacher /pupil relationship.

Sabazius
Second (updated) paperback edition of Song of the Man, 313 pages published by Element Books, UK in 1997 due to continuing demand.

The Paradise Complex:
An Exploration of the Forbidden. Hardback novel, 327 pages published by Element Books, UK 1997. This book was a tongue-in-cheek examination of ideas found in The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, Richard Leigh’s international best seller published by Cape.

Jesus the Heretic:
Hardback nonfiction, 394 pages published by Elements Books, UK 1997. This book dealt with the problem of Jesus’ Jewish, sectarian background, and Christianity’s historical/theological dilemma in attempting to deal with this thorny issue.

The Dark Side of God:
Hardback nonfiction, 331 pages published by Element Books, UK 1999. This book dealt with the problem of evil as perceived through the Christian imagination, and attempted to correct what the author perceived as a psychological/historical faultline in Christian thinking.

Going Beyond the Jesus Story: An Examination of Christian Belief, Mystical Experience and the Ongoing Development of Conscious Awareness.
Paperback edition, 380 pages published by O-Books, UK, 2011. This book was a study of the meditative/contemplative tradition stemming from the early Christian monasteries in conjunction with present-day studies of the same in psychology and philosophy.
Sample Chapter – Going Beyond the Jesus Story

The Mar Saba Codex : A New Kind of Fiction for the New Century.
Paperback novel, 662 pages published by O-Books UK, 2011. This book is a fictional study of Catholicism’s claim to ultimate truth through the eyes of multiple characters both for and against such a claim. It is, in essence, an intellectual thriller whose cliff-hangers are ideas as well as situations.

This is a new kind of fiction for the new century, one that engages both narrative and ideas at the same time. Well-written and well-crafted, Codex harks back to the intellectual fiction that characterised some of the most important novelists of the last century.”

Jeff Malpas
Professor of Philosophy, and ARC Professorial Fellow, University of Tasmania,
Distinguished Professor, LaTrobe University

 

ESSAYS

Questions of Religion

Psychological and Mystical, Historical and Theological, and Older Essays

Questions of Philosophy

Psychological, Historical and Epistemological

Questions Miscellaneous

The Odd, The Bizarre and the Challenging.

 

Interviews

Famous Reporter Interview – With Richard Wessman

Tim Cox – ABC Radio Interview transcript

 

Plays and Readings

Julia Flips her Lid:
Stage play dealing with awareness and consciousness performed in Hobart, Tasmania, through Theatre Works in conjunction with the Australia Arts Council, 1994.
Download Complete Script of Julia Flips Her Lid (PDF)
(Anyone interested in putting this play on should contact the author through this site. Other plays and readings will be added at a later date.)

PERDURABO – The story of Aleister Crowley, Magician. A reading in 2 Acts.

The Ecstasy of D.H. Lawrence – A reading in 2 Acts

On Being Frank – A Play in 2 Acts