Sam Keen (born 1931)[1] is an American author, professor, and philosopher who is best known for his exploration of questions regarding love, life, wonder, religion, and being a male in contemporary society. He co-produced Faces of the Enemy, an award-winning PBS documentary; was the subject of a Bill Moyers' television special in the early 1990s; and for 20 years served as a contributing editor at Psychology Today magazine.[2] He is also featured in the 2003 documentary Flight from Death.

Sam Keen 2004

Keen completed his undergraduate studies at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania,[3] and later completed graduate degrees at Harvard University and Princeton University.[2]

Keen is married to Patricia de Jong, who is a former senior minister of First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ, in Berkeley, California.[4]



In print

  • Prodigal Father, Wayward Son (2015)
  • In the Absence of God: Dwelling in the Presence of the Sacred (2010)
  • Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds (Chronicle Books, 2007)
  • Learning to Fly: Reflections on Fear, Trust, and the Joy of Letting Go (1999)
  • To Love and Be Loved (Bantam, 1997)
  • Hymns to an Unknown God (Bantam, 1994)
  • Inward Bound: Exploring the Geography of Your Emotions (Bantam, 1992)
  • Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man (Bantam, 1991)
  • Your Mythic Journey (Tarcher, 1990)
  • Faces of the Enemy. Reflections of the Hostile Imagination. (Harper and Row, San Francisco 1986)

Out of print

  • The Passionate Life (Harper and Row)
  • Beginnings Without End (Harper and Row, 1975)
  • To a Dancing God (Harper and Row, 1970)
  • Apology for Wonder (Harper and Row, 1969)
  • Gabriel Marcel (John Knox Press, 1967)

See also



  1. ^ Holt, Bradley P. (2017). Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality (3rd ed.). Fortress Press. p. 209. ISBN 9780806626406.
  2. ^ a b "Sam Keen". Penguin Random House. n.d. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  3. ^ "Ursinus College". n.d. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  4. ^ "Rev. Patricia de Jong | Profile". n.d. Retrieved 2022-03-09.