Teacher, Writer, Speaker, Preacher
I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University. I think about questions concerning what we are, what God is like, what life after death may be like, and what it takes to live a flourishing life. I may never satisfactorily answer these questions, but I believe trying to answer them in the temporally and spatially scattered community of thinkers both great and small (and obviously I'm in the latter category) will make me not only a better thinker but also a better and happier person.
Philosophy is not merely a job for me. I desire to be a genuine lover of wisdom. I am neither wise nor very good at loving wisdom. Thankfully, there are exemplars who are wise and love wisdom. They lived a certain way, and I strive to emulate their life. Along the way, I sometimes write, speak, teach, and preach, and through that undertaking I hope that some will become inspired to pursue Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
Picturing the Trinity: A Philosophical and Theological Inquiry. Cascade, forthcoming.
An Introduction to Christian Philosophical Theology. Co-authored with Stephen T. Davis. Zondervan, 2020.
Spiritual Experience and imagination, in Nicholls & Salazar (eds.) The Philosophy of Spirituality, (Brill 2018).
Worship, apophaticism, and non-propositional knowledge, Journal of Analytic Theology (forthcoming).
Can psychology help resolve the problem of a putatively non-present Christ? Theological Puzzles (2022).
Achievement through humility: wild lessons from Benedictine monasticism, w/ Br. John Baptist Santa Ana, OSB, in Nicholls & Salazar (eds.) Mind Over Matter (Brill, forthcoming).
Heaven and the problem of eternal separation, in Cushing (ed.) Heaven and Philosophy (Lexington 2018).
Composition and the will of God: Reconsidering resurrection by reassembly, w/ Stephen T. Davis, in Byerly & Silverman (eds.) Paradise Understood (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Atonement and the wrath of God, w/ Stephen T. Davis, in Crisp & Sanders (eds.) Locating Atonement (Zondervan 2015).
Marriage, reproduction, and the incarnation, w/ Stephen T. Davis, in Timpe & Hereth (eds.) The Lost Sheep in Philosophy of Religion (2019).
Incarnation, Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion (2021).
Resurrection, Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion (2021).
Jesus as the Truth: A Christian framework for thinking about conspiracy theories, w/ Stephen T. Davis, in Austin & Bock (eds.) QAnon, Chaos, and the Cross: Christianity and Conspiracy Theories (Eerdmans, forthcoming).
"I know there is good in you: Luke, Anakin, and Confucian filial piety," in Eberl & Decker (eds.) Star Wars and Philosophy Strike Back (forthcoming).
T&T Clark Handbook of Analytic Theology, Arcadi & Turner Jr. (eds.), in Journal of Analytic Theology (forthcoming).
Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, Loose, Menuge, & Moreland (eds.), in Philosophia Christi (2019).