I am a full-time community college and part-time university professor living in the southwestern part of the United States. Every semester I teach a variety of college and university level courses including introduction to logic, ethics, philosophy, world religions, among others. My favorite courses to teach are the philosophy of religion & science.
In addition to being a lover of wisdom by profession, I am also a disciple of Jesus Christ by grace. I claim no denominational affiliation but hold fairly orthodox positions on most of the traditional Christian doctrines. Some of my doctrinal peculiarities (by more conservative standards) include a rejection of reformed theology (in favor of a molinistic-arminian view), young earth creationism (in favor of an old earth view, tilting in the direction of theistic evolution), and the doctrine of the rapture (simply because it’s not taught in scripture!). Politically, I consider myself a classical liberal, a modern conservative (though this label is descriptively inadequate and potentially misleading), and a defender of natural law and natural rights.
My undergraduate training is in Biblical Studies and Theology. However, studying theology always kind of bored me (i.e, reading theology books bored me). Instead, I tended to be more interested in the rational basis for Christian theism, which is ultimately how I became interested in philosophy. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, I then went on to earn two graduate degrees in Philosophy. Currently, my areas of interest and research are in the Philosophy of Religion, Mind, and Metaphysics, done exclusively in the analytic tradition. I also have a broad interest in Christian Apologetics, Church History, and Natural Theology.
In this “About” section, I have decided not to release my name. Though my name is by no means a secret. I suspect my friends will divulge it more than once before it’s all said and done. However, I do prefer to maintain some anonymity because I do not want my institutional affiliation to be made public. Thus, if you do know me, I am asking that you do not mention (1) my last name (2) the names of any of my family members, (3) what city or state I live in, or (4) where I am employed.
The purpose of this blog is not so much about imparting meaningful commentary or analysis to a blogesphere that has hereto been impoverished by the lack of my insights, so much as it is internal exercise in chronicling my own thinking for myself. I wanted start a forum where I could document some of my own ideas, research proposals, and reflections on philosophy, theology, and social issues, which would also allow me to receive some feedback from others who have interests in these same areas.
The topics that I will post on will generally coincide with that I am currently researching for class lectures, publications, conference papers, and my weekly sunday school class on christian theology and apologetics.
If you decide to comment on this blog, I have one rule: STICK TO THE ARGUMENT! Ad hominem attacks, red herring objections, straw men, stereotyping, gross generalizations, the use of ridicule, passive aggressive rudeness, or anything else that could be construed as libel against me or anyone else individually or corporately will not be tolerated. Any comment not conforming to these standards will be deleted in part or in whole. I will never delete a comment simply because it disagrees with my view, but all discussion must be carried out with civility, respect, and proper academic decorum.
You might be wondering why I called the blog The Summa Philosophica. Those familiar with the history of philosophy, theology, or western civilization quite generally will immediately recognize the parallel to Thomas Aquinas’ magnum opus The Summa Theologica, which was one of the most important pieces of theology or philosophy written in the medieval period. Both the rigor and shear breadth of topics that are addressed in the summa are inspiring. Thus, in deference to Aquinas’ scholarship, I wanted to name the blog something that seemed appropriately sublime as a way to stimulate both myself and any commentators to scholastic excellence in our mutual pursuit of the truth.