Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Ph.D. Fordham University
M.A.R. Yale Divinity School
B.A. George Fox University
Teaching and Research Interests: Philosophical Theology, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion
I live with my wife, Jillian and two sons, Jonathan and Daniel, in a 100-year-old house across the street from George Fox University, where I have been teaching philosophy and theology since 2003. Philosophers are sometimes parodied as having their heads in the clouds and being of no earthly good, but my love of wisdom has brought me closer and closer to the soil, rather than farther from it. I love to hike, climb, kayak and walk; I love to dig my hands into garden soil and work with mud, wood or stone in restoring our old house.
I have taught philosophy seminars on Evil, Goodness, Postmodernism, Truth, Bonaventure, Levinas and Wendell Berry. My writing has been focused on some of these same topics, especially focusing on the ways that we become invisible to one another. The purpose of my teaching, writing and living is to find ways for myself and others to move out of invisibility into faithfully seeing and being seen, knowing and being known in truth and love.