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Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Saint Louis University
I am a Catholic theologian who likes to read and practice fundamental, systematic, historical, and philosophical theology. I came to teach at Saint Louis University in August 2007. Previously I had taught for four years at Loyola University in New Orleans. In the spring of 2011 SLU awarded me tenure and promotion, and in the Spring of 2012 I began directing the Ph.D. program in historical theology. I enjoy teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in systematic and fundamental theology. In these courses I frequently supplement the theological with historical and philosophical approaches. My primary current project is to understand the work of René Girard through the lens of fundamental theology. I am also working on the hermeneutics of the Second Vatican Council and the thought of Johann Adam Möhler.
When not working for SLU, I enjoy traveling, sports, movies and reading Catholic novelists. I also take pleasure in small reading groups and experiencing my faith through friendships and good conversation. In the summers I often teach a course in Louvain, Belgium, which allows me to stay connected with Continental Europe. I am recently married (Sept 2010) to Emily. Our first child, Maximilian, was born in March 2012. We enjoy hosting friends for dinner and any chance to travel together.
To the right is pictured Prof. Frederick Lawrence, one of my mentors and one of the wisest Catholic theologians in the world. I was privileged to participate in a seminar with him that honored another mentor, Michael Buckley, S.J.
See his Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Lawrence