"Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered." - C.S. Lewis - The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses

About Me

I am a Roman Catholic, husband, father, philosopher, apologist, and writer. My wife, Rebecca, and I have been married for 21 years. We are doing our best to raise two young boys, ages 11 and 13. We currently live in southwestern Missouri. My educational background includes undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and graduate studies in philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary (where I also spent time in the Ph.D. program). 

After being raised Catholic, I left the Church as a young adult. After a period of doubt, skepticism, self-help-ism, and other spiritual dead-ends, I came to see the love and truth of Jesus Christ in an Evangelical Protestant church. Rebecca and I both loved and deeply appreciated the many blessings God gave us in this church setting over nearly a decade and a half. Yet, something was still missing. At nearly the same time, we both felt God calling us "home to Rome" and began the wonderful process of (re)entering the Catholic Church. 

Prior to my return to the Church, I was a volunteer writer for a large, global, web-based Christian ministry, where I regularly wrote essays and answers of varying lengths to questions on matters of biblical interpretation, philosophy, Christian ethics, and apologetics. Links to some of my more academic-based work can be found on this site.

Why this blog?

This blog was started mostly because I enjoy writing (when I am able) and discussing (all the time!) matters of theology and philosophy. I am especially passionate about communicating the deep truths uncovered by the intersection of these subjects and humbly trying to refute errors as they arise. I follow closely in the classical theist tradition.

I enjoy reading and contemplating daily liturgical readings, especially the Gospel Readings as outlined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Along these lines, I offer up some thoughts and reflections on these wonderful passages in addition to my other musings. 

Depending on who you ask, philosophy is often thought to be boring, intimidating, or useless. But ideas have consequences. Everybody does philosophy, the only question is how well. Inquiries on the existence and nature of God, morality, miracles, and so forth are highly important and have great practical relevance. The result of bad thinking on these subjects is tragic.

My hope is that certain nuances will distinguish this blog from others that touch on similar subject matter. I submit that the antidote to the bad philosophy (and theology) we encounter is found within the Church and its greatest minds up and down the ages. This would especially include Church Fathers from both Eastern and Western traditions. I will attempt to apply this antidote to contemporary/popular issues and questions about God and the world. More focus will be on issues within the context of what St. Thomas called the "preambles of faith." The writing here will not be overly technical. I hope that it is accessible and useful to readers of varying educational and cultural backgrounds. 

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