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Always searching for what makes us human.




IT WAS TRUE 20 YEARS AGO, AND IT'S STILL TRUE TODAY:I'M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!
(which I guess means I have been taking it, and will probably go on doing so)

UPDATE: August 2001. I have a new job, teaching at Iona College. We now live in Cornwall on Hudson, NY.

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UPDATE: May 2000. My 1980 Toyota Corona has been towed to its final destination. It is indeed part of being human that we can appreciate and mourn a mechanical device (just watch The Brave Little Toaster!). This was the most loyal machine on the planet. For seven years it was our only means of transportation. It brought both our children home from the hospital, and it took us all over the United States. The odometer broke at 84,000, but it continued for six years after that, so it must have been about 160,000 miles. I will miss it and think of it always. I have pasted a picture of a 1981 Cressida above, as this was the closest picture I could find to my faithful friend. Farewell.

In 1998 I began trying to recapture my youth by going to all the concerts I didn't go to when I was a kid: Van Halen, Cheap Trick, and JUDAS PRIEST, not once, but TWICE! This continued in 1999 and 2000, as I went to Black Sabbath and then a hair band extravaganza with Great White, Ratt, and Poison. Not as rage and aggression filled as JUDAS PRIEST, but a lot of fun. In the fall 1999 I saw Cheap Trick again, and caught a Rick Nielsen guitar pick! In 2000 I saw Iron Maiden, with Rob Halford, former singer of JUDAS PRIEST, and I eagerly await JUDAS PRIEST'S next tour. Cheap Trick was the first band I saw in 2001. For tour info on any band or venue, click here

Anyway, this is my web page. Click here to visit my other Web page. I went to St. John's College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Notre Dame. Long before that, I went to high school in Broad Run and Los Alamos, and to elementary school in Northport, NY. I am married (Marlis, fellow St. John's graduate) and have two children, Charles (b. 1994) and Sophia (b. 1997). Charlie and I share a love of Legos, amusement parks, monster trucks, and, of course, POKEMON! I do not yet let Charlie watch WWF, but I still do. One of the most amazing things I've ever seen was Wrestlemania VIII with my good friend Bill. I also enjoy computer games, some of which are available at Shockwave and Heat.

I love movies. For a great movie site, both for classics and current releases, click here. For my personal picks, click here. For movie showtimes in your area and to purchase tickets online, click here.

I'm also a great cook, so here are some great recipes.

Humor is a very important part of life, so for my favorite joke of all time, click here.

In 1980 I bought my first JUDAS PRIEST album. Although I have not always been so devoted a fan, my commitment to HEAVY METAL has recently been reaffirmed. For the heavy metal part of my page, CLICK HERE





I have very eclectic tastes in television viewing. Click on the images below to learn more about some of my favorites.





I used to teach the Core Humanities Seminar to first-year students at Villanova University, a job I love. I have also taught at Southwestern Michigan College and Eastern College. The curiosity and freshness that first-year students bring to the texts always give me pleasure and new insights into texts that I love, but which may have grown too familiar to me over the years. For four years, my students have DOMINATED the Core Humanities Writing Awards. To read some of their essays, click here. On the negative side, I have been deeply disappointed and shamed by how much plagiarism I have caught in my teaching, and I would discourage students everywhere from harming and limiting their educational experience by such behavior: in college, for the first time in your educational lives, you are being asked what you think, not what someone else thinks or what someone else has told you, and by turning in a plagiarized paper, you are just telling your teacher what someone else says, and cutting your own mind off from appreciating, analyzing, and criticizing what the greatest works have to offer us. I have written part of the faculty manual on the New Testament and on Dante. As part of Core Humanities, I also teach in the Visions of Freedom Program, which is funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation. Click on the images below to learn more about some of the world's greatest books.





Academic Selection

Here is a list of my publications, many of which are AVAILABLE ONLINE.

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

In Praise of Wisdom: Literary and Theological Reflections on Reason and Faith Read a sample chapter

Judas: Images of the Lost Disciple SEE THE THRILLING CONCLUSION ONLINE! OR CONTACT THE PUBLISHER!

Augustine and Liberal Education. Co-edited with K. Hughes. Ashgate Press, 2000. CONTACT THE PUBLISHER!

The Story of Jesus according to L. Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 147. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. CONTACT THE PUBLISHER!


ARTICLES

"Film Depictions of Judas." AVAILABLE ONLINE!

"Wisdom of the Heart: The Human Encounter with God in Pensees and Moby-Dick." (Work in Progress) PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"Teaching the Virtue and Pleasure of Friendship in Augustine and Dante." Paper read at the Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Notre Dame, IN, April 2001. PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"Doestoevsky on Human Nature and Human Purpose." Paper read at Borders Books and Music, Bryn Mawr. PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"Pleasure and Success in Teaching Dante." Paper read at the Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, San Francisco, April 2000. PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"Famines in Luke-Acts." The Expository Times (forthcoming). PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"Soter," "Soteria," "Anastasis," "Ergon," "Epikaleo," "Koinonia," "Ekstasis," "Thambos," "Proorao," and "Pleroo." New Testament Language Project, Cambridge, MA (forthcoming).

"Bad Habits and Bad Company: Education and Evil in the Confessions." In Augustine and Liberal Education. Eds. K. Paffenroth and K. Hughes. CONTACT THE PUBLISHER! or PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"Jesus as Anointed and Healing Son of David in the Gospel of Matthew." Biblica AVAILABLE ONLINE!

"The Young Augustine: Lover of Sorrow." The Downside Review (forthcoming). PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"Three Markan Stories of Women and Men, Action and Reaction, Praise and Blame." Anthropoetics AVAILABLE ONLINE!

"Beyond Dichotomies: Mises' and Wojtyla's Anthropologies and Axiologies." In Beyond Self-Interest: A Personalist Approach to Human Action. CONTACT THE PUBLISHER!

Articles on "Akeldama," "Chuza," "Gethsemane," "Mount of Olives," and "Scribes." In Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Ed. David N. Freedman. CONTACT THE PUBLISHER! or PREVIEW THESE ARTICLES ONLINE!

"Allegorizations of the Active and Contemplative Lives in Philo, Origen, and Augustine." The Ecole Initiative AVAILABLE ONLINE!

"Tears of Grief and Joy. Confessions Book 9: Chronological Sequence and Structure." Augustinian Studies 28 (1997) 141-54. PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"The Testing of the Sage: 1 Kings 10:1-13 and Q 4:1-13." The Expository Times 107 (1996) 142-43. PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"Christianity's Transforming Spirit." In Duty and Responsibility. Grand Rapids: The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Various entries in The Encyclopedia of Catholicism. Ed. Richard P. McBrien. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1995. CONTACT THE PUBLISHER!

"The Character of Judas in Bach's St. Matthew Passion." The Midwest Quarterly 36 (1995) 125-35.

"Science or Story? The Star of Bethlehem." The Expository Times 106 (1994) 78-79. PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"A Note on the Dating of Demetrius' On Style." The Classical Quarterly 44 (1994) 280-81. PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"The Star of Bethlehem Casts Light on Its Modern Interpreters." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 34 (1993) 449-60. PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"Paulsen on Augustine: An Incorporeal or Nonanthropomorphic God?" Harvard Theological Review 86 (1993) 233-35. PREVIEW THIS ARTICLE ONLINE!

"The Stories of the Fate of Judas and Differing Attitudes towards Sources." Proceedings: Eastern Great Lakes and Midwest Biblical Societies 12 (1992) 67-81.

"God in the Friend, or the Friend in God? The Meaning of Friendship for Augustine." Augustinian Heritage 38 (1992) 123-36.

"Romans 12:9-21 - A Brief Summary of the Problems of Translation and Interpretation." Irish Biblical Studies 14 (1992) 89-99.

"Cartesian Equations for Rectilinear Figures." Energeia (Fall 1987) 43-46.


TRANSLATIONS

Augustine's The Agreement of the Evangelists, The Soliloquies, and The Teacher. Brooklyn, NY: New City Press. CONTACT THE PUBLISHER! or PREVIEW THESE TRANSLATIONS ONLINE!

Soliloquies, Book 1
Soliloquies, Book 2
The Teacher
The Agreement of the Evangelists, Book 1
The Agreement of the Evangelists, Book 2
The Agreement of the Evangelists, Book 3
The Agreement of the Evangelists, Book 4

BOOK REVIEWS

Have appeared in Religious Studies Review, Journal of Early Christian Studies, Review of Biblical Literature, The Journal of Religion, Journal of Biblical Literature, and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly.



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Academic Links

Chronicle of Higher Education: great job listings every Friday
The Journal of Religion and Film: a cool online journal
My publisher: order my book!
My other publisher: order my other book!
My other publisher: order my newest book!
Info on the American Academy of Religion
Info on the Society of Biblical Literature
The Ecole Initiative: lots of info on the Early Church
The New Testament Gateway
The World Bible Translation Center, another project in which I am involved
The MAR-AAR Web Page, designed and maintained by me
Core Humanities Homepage! Core Rules!

Links to academic dollars!

The National Endowment for the Humanities: get your hands on those government bucks!
The European College of Liberal Arts: get your hands on those Euro-bucks!
GIANT list of grants from the Association of Theological Schools
The Institute for Humane Studies: money for classical liberals!
The Center for Free Inquiry: more of that classical liberalism!
The Acton Institute: money for libertarians!
The Russell Kirk Center: money for renewing culture!
The Wabash Center: money for studying religion!
Calvin College Summer Seminars: more money for studying religion!
The Louisville Institute: still more money for studying religion!
The Lilly Fellows Program: even more money for studying religion!
The Discovery Institute: money for studying science and religion!

Fun links

The best Prisoner site, with great graphics and links
The official Judas Priest site: support the band!
All hail, warrior princess!
Punch Buggy!

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