Stoeber, MichaelContactRegis College, 100 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, ON  M5S 2Z5
t: 416-922-5474 (#255)

Areas of Interest

  • Philosophy of religion and comparative spirituality (especially Christian and Hindu forms)
  • Religious experience
  • Comparative mysticism
  • Evil and suffering
  • Theodicy
  • Afterlife beliefs
  • Theological anthropology
  • Intersections of spirituality and art


​BA, MA (Calgary), PhD (Toronto)

Michael Stoeber is Professor of Spirituality and Philosophy of Religion at Regis College, with special interests in comparative mysticism and theodicy. On those subjects he has published Evil and the Mystics’ God (University of Toronto Press, 1992), Theo-Monistic Mysticism (St Martin’s Press, 1994); and Reclaiming Theodicy: Reflections of Suffering, Compassion and Spiritual Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). His current research explores comparative issues in meditation, prayer, and yoga, as well as topics on the intersection of spirituality and art.

Curriculum Vitae

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Primary Teaching

  • Comparative Mystical Traditions
  • Issues in the Philosophy of Religion and The Brothers Karamazov
  • Spirituality and Suffering
  • Classics of Christian Spirituality
  • Spirituality of Evelyn Underhill
  • Theology and Spirituality of Dorothee Soelle
  • Themes in Hindu Spirituality
  • Religious Experience in the World’s Religions
  • Mystical Landscape Art: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr (with K. Lochnan)
  • Prayer and Meditation through Pencil, Pastel, and Ink Sketching

Selected Publications

“Issues in Christian Encounters with Yoga: Exploring 3HO/Kundalini Yoga”, Hindu-Christian Studies, Vol. 30, Art. 3 (Fall 2017): 4-20.

“The Visual Art of Käthe Kollwitz as Practical Theodicy and its Relevance to Hope in Theoretical Theodicy”, Toronto Journal of Theology, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Fall 2017): 217-238.

“The Comparative Study of Mysticism”, The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion (New York: Oxford University Press, online publication updates 2017). Also translated in the Russian periodical Philosophy of Religion: Analytic Researches (2018): 15-42.

“Mystical Concepts, Artistic Contexts”, in Mystical Landscapes: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr, ed., Katharine Lochnan with Roald Nasgaard and Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, (Toronto and New York: Art Gallery of Ontario and Prestel, forthcoming 2016).

“Mysticism in The Brothers Karamazov,” Toronto Journal of Theology 31.2 (Fall 2015) pp. 249-271.

Co-authored with Christina Labriola, “Art as a Medium of Theological Imagining and Spiritual Transformation”, in Complex Identities in a Shifting World: One God, Many Stories, Pamela Couture and Robert Mager, eds. (Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2015): 255-268.

“Exploring Processes and Dynamics of Mystical Contemplative Meditation: Some Christian-Buddhist Parallels in Relation to Transpersonal Theory”, European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7.2 (Summer 2015): 35-57.

“Tantra and Śāktism in the Spirituality of Aurobindo Ghose”, in Situating Aurobindo: A Reader, Peter Heehs, ed. (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013): 253-286. Also in Studies in Religion 38.2 (2009): 293-321.

“Inter-Religious Contexts and Comparative Theology in the Thought of Evelyn Underhill: Symbolic Narratives of Mysticism and the Songs of Kabīr”, Hindu-Christian Studies 26 (2013): 91-106.

“Re-Imagining Theosophy through Canadian Art: Theosophical Influences on the Painting and Writing of Lawren Harris”, in Michael Hawley and Pashaura Singh, eds., Re-Imagining South Asian Religions: Essays in Honour of Professors Harold G. Coward and Ronald W. Neufeldt (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2013): 195-220; and in Toronto Journal of Theology, 28.1 (2012): 81-103.

“3HO Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma”, Sikh Formations, 8.3 (2012): 351-368.

“Mysticism in Ecumenical Dialogue: Questions on the Nature and Effects of Mystical Experience”, in Teaching Mysticism, William B. Parsons, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011): 224-245.

Selected Accomplishments

Consultant for the art exhibit Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh, and more, Art Gallery of Ontario, Oct 22, 2016 to Jan 29, 2017 (to follow at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris).

Co-organized, co-curated, and contributed to the art exhibit, “Homelessness, Migrants and Refuge”, with the APT Collective (artists of practical theology), Regis College, University of Toronto, April 2-May 25, 2016.

Co-organized and contributed to the art exhibit “Complex Identities in a Shifting World: One God Many Stories”—visual responses to the theme of the 2013 Conference of the International Academy of Practical Theology, Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Exhibit hosted by Regis College, April 2-15, 2013.

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