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Originally from Cincinnati, OH (home to many long-suffering professional sports fans; but still one of the greatest cities in the USA), I came to Taylor for my undergraduate degree and the hook was set. Upon leaving Taylor, my education and work moved me from Colorado to Boston to Chicago to Dublin, and, eventually, to St. Andrews, Scotland, where I completed my PhD and engaged in post-doctoral research. Then, the road brought me back to Taylor, where relationships are central to the educational task and learning begins with wonder. These are unique attributes, and I am grateful to be a part of the work that takes place here.
In 2020, my first book was published: Being and Action Coram Deo: Bonhoeffer and the Retrieval of Justification’s Social Import. I have also published articles and books chapters on a variety of topics, including Kierkegaard’s Works of Love, the concept of religion, theological anthropology, and Christology. At the moment, I am working on a grant-funded project that explores the intersection of psychology and theology, and I am in the early stages of writing a book length exploration of gratitude in philosophical and theological perspective.
Alongside of my abiding academic interests in philosophy, theology, and all things related, students will also become quickly aware of my love for pop culture references that are slightly too old for them, music (Taylor Swift, Wilco, and Manchester Orchestra are current favorites), cats, single-origin coffee, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and, of course, my family—my wife Diana and our two boys, Everett (4) and Duncan (3).