Books that are Old Friends
  • Aristotle, Physics, On the Soul, Nicomachean Ethics
  • Euclid, Elements of Geometry
  • Jean de Joinville, Life of St. Louis
  • Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
  • Bl. John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University, Apologia Pro Vita Sua
  • Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study of Moral Theory


After studying Biology at the University of Virginia (B.A. 1991) and the History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D. 1996), I was blessed to be able to contribute to the renewal of Catholic liberal arts education at two wonderful undergraduate institutions, Christendom College (1996-2007) and Thomas More College (2007-13). As a professor at the Augustine Institute, I have been able to continue to offer courses in the history of the Church and philosophy while helping the Graduate School of Theology pursue its initial accreditation with the Association of Theological Schools.

My own thinking about Catholic higher education has been profoundly shaped by the thought of Benedict XVI. I wholeheartedly agree with his judgment that we are living amidst a crisis of truth and that “the windows must be flung open again” so that we may “see the wide world” and learn from nature—as well as from God’s Word—what is our origin and true destiny. Through my teaching and writing, I hope to contribute to the recovery of the right understanding of nature as deeply intelligible and beautifully ordered, in a word, as God’s Creation.