Douglas Lockhart

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Articles by Douglas Lockhart


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.)

During the 70s he also lectured at the Franklin School of Contemporary Studies in London, and in 1979 moved to Australia where he wrote radio scripts for the ABC's educational division.

Published Works

  • Sabasius 1997 (the teachings of a Greek magus);
  • The Paradise Complex 1997 (a psychological thriller set in London and Paris);
  • Jesus the Heretic 1997 (first volume of a study of Christianity's sectarian origins), and
  • The Dark Side of God 1999 (volume two of his controversial study of Christianity).

    Three new books have been completed since 1999, and are about to be offered for publication.

    Due to the demise of Element Books in 1999, copies of Douglas' most recent works can now only be obtained through Amazon or ebay, although some public libraries still stock them. Paperbacks will hopefully be available soon.

Articles, Interviews and Academic papers

These were written over the last few years in response to the rise of fundamentalist and evangelical Christian ideas.
Douglas believes such ideas are detrimental to a proper understanding of Christianity's origins and evolution.

The works are are in PDF format.
A free reader is available at

The Church’s masterstroke in defining the human psyche
as the underworld

An examination of 'out-of-body experience' and the subconscious will

The Myth of Apostolic Authority:
The power of a lie when it is a thumping big one.

The Historical Whitewash
An examination of the historical origins of the Roman Catholic Church.

Comments on Joan Bakewell's BBC Documentary on the Resurrection of Jesus

The Lost Secret of Christianity:
A technical reappraisal of ‘attention and ‘awareness’ in a Christian context.

Homo Mysticus:
The anti-conventional, anti-collective and anti-dogmatic nature of mysticism.

Pell-mell to Hell::
Cardinal Pell's Apostolic Assumptions - Getting Down to the Historical Basics.

The Manichaean Synthesis and its Philosophical Implications

Rebel with a Cause:
George Pell and the brothers Jensen.

Famous Reporter Interview with Ralph Wessman.

Reincarnation: Fact or Fallacy?

Rescuing Jesus from the Church

The Nazoraean Sect and its Independence from Christianity

Tracking Down Jesus in Santa Rosa:
with Karen Armstrong, Don Cupitt, John Shelby Spong and Lloyd Geering.

The Price of Christmas: Reconnecting with the innocence of childhood.

Going Beyond the Jesus Story: What I used to believe.

Douglas Lockhart's first play, Julia Flips Her Lid (a black comedy) was performed in Hobart as a reading with the backing of the Australia Council.

For the last three years Douglas has been an Associate Member of the Westar Institute in the US, and a Research Associate with University of Tasmania's School of Philosophy.