I received a doctorate in historical theology from Saint Louis University in 2019, after defending my dissertation with distinction. The title of the work is: “Renewing Disciplines of the Mind: Philosophical Errors, Virtue, and the Soul’s Journey to Wisdom in Vision One of Bonaventure’s Collationes in Hexaëmeron.” My research interests include Scholasticism, Christian Mysticism, and Philosophical Theology. You can find a great many of my papers on Academia.edu, and a growing number of more general theological reflections on Conciliar Post.
Here’s a bit of my story: The work that first set me on a theological track was Augustine’s de libero arbitrio. I was captivated by his persistence in the quest for truth, and struck by his humility in probing the deepest mysteries of human existence. Similarly, Bonaventure’s vision of the reality—in which Christ is truly “the book written within and without for the restoration of the world”—molds my perception of the integral relationship between devotion and scholarship.
The Seraphic Doctor’s rejoinder that we cannot “read without unction, speculate without devotion, investigate without wonder, examine without exultation, work without piety, know without love, or understand without humility,” recalls the essential role of mystery (sacramentum) in the world of Catholic theology.
Sacred Scripture and its exegesis continue to deepen my awareness of the significance and scope of the Christian past. I consider the following passages as integral to the theological vocation:
Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.
-1 Peter 3:15-16
Test everything ; hold fast to what is good.
-1 Thess 5:21
Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God.
-1 Cor 1:28-29
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