Augustine Institute Faculty: Christopher O. Blum, Ph.D.

Christopher Blum

Christopher O. Blum, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Philosophy
Academic Dean


Philosophy of Nature History & Philosophy of Science Catholic Intellectual Life since 1600


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame M.A., University of Notre Dame B.A., University of Virginia


Dr. Christopher Blum teaches courses in philosophy and on the history of Catholic culture. He has made a special study of the moral dispositions, practices, and institutional forms that conduce to the attainment of Christian wisdom. This pursuit has been coupled with administration, curricular development, and college teaching in the traditional liberal arts, philosophy, and the great texts of the Catholic tradition. He has a particular interest in biology and the Aristotelian tradition that takes our common experience of the world as a starting point for inquiry into nature. As a student of Catholic culture, he has published six volumes of translations from the French as well as essays and reviews in journals such as Logos, Modern Age, Nova et Vetera, and Pro Ecclesia. Dr. Blum and his wife and their two children live in Littleton, Colorado.

Courses Taught

  • Evangelization of the Ancient World
  • The Challenge of Secularism
  • The Church and Modernity
  • Nature and God (to be offered in August 2015)

Recent Publications

Nature’s Beautiful Order: An Introduction to Natural History with the Classical Naturalists, co-authored with John A. Cuddeback (forthcoming with Memoria Press).

The Past as Pilgrimage: Narrative, Tradition, and the Renewal of Catholic History, co-authored with Christopher Shannon (Front Royal, VA: Christendom Press, 2014).

“The Craftsman’s Tools: MacIntyre on Education,” forthcoming in Nova et Vetera, English edition 13 (2014).

St. Francis de Sales, Roses among Thorns, edited and translated by Christopher O. Blum (Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, forthcoming in May 2014).

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Meditations for Lent, edited and translated by Christopher O. Blum (Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2013.

“The Prospect of an Aristotelian Biology,” forthcoming in the Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, from the 2013 annual meeting.

“A Fruitful Restraint: The Perennial Relevance of the Virtue of Studiousness,” Nova et Vetera, English edition 11 (2013): 953-68.

““The Promise of Newman’s Collegiate Ideal,” Logos, 16 (2013): 78-98.