The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty

This book answers the question: “What is a theological account of the experience of the beautiful?” In the course of keying this experience to a memory of God that we have coded into our hearts, the discussion ranges over analogy, language, metaphor, semiotics, sacraments, and icons. What emerges is a theology of the image of God that elevates the irreplaceable uniqueness of each creature while indexing our deepest longings to the God who is our source and goal.

Click here to read more. Releases September 29, 2020. Available for pre-order on Amazon.

“Unlocking Bonaventure: The Collationes in Hexaëmeron as Interpretive Key.” The Thomist 83:2 (2019).

This is a review essay of Jay Hammond’s translation of Bonaventure’s Collationes in Hexaemeron. I explain the importance of this text within the Bonaventurean corpus before assessing Hammond’s accomplishment with the translation.

The full text is available here.

“The Eucharistic Horizon of Bonaventure’s Christology: A Speculative Proposal”

This article expands upon elements of Bonaventure’s Christology to develop an account of the Eucharist inspired by Bonaventure’s understanding of the person of Christ. Originally a conference paper, it will appear later this year in a volume of proceedings of that conference.

This article will appear in Friar, Teacher, Minister, Bishop, Essays in Celebration of the 800th Centennial of the Seraphic Doctor. Timothy Johnson and Katherine Shelby, eds. 405-16. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Publications, 2020 (forthcoming).

“The One and the Many in Bonaventure: Exemplarity Explained”

This article explores Bonaventure’s understanding of exemplarity. It appears in a special issue of the journal Religions devoted to “Plato Among the Christians.” The text can be found here.

Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory

Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory is available on Amazon.

Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory takes a close look at the doctrines that depend on and influence views of atonement in order to make clear what place atonement occupies within the larger system of Christian theology. I consider key concepts and tensions within the doctrine of atonement itself, which may be emphasized or glossed over to create the shape of particular doctrines. This guide briefly discusses major figures in the development of Christian doctrines of atonement to the end of the Middle Ages, then turns to the major primary and secondary sources and provides an orientation to the rich literature existing on this topic.

Theological Word and Literary Flesh: Bonaventurean Cosmology and the Cosmic Trilogy of C.S. Lewis

My article on the relation between the cosmology of St. Bonaventure and the fictional universe of C.S. Lewis’ Cosmic Trilogy is available from Literature and Theology. You can read the entire article here.

C.S. Lewis’ Cosmic trilogy borrows extensively from Lewis’ training as a medievalist in the construction of its narrative world. This fact invites a close comparison of the relationship of Lewis’ fictional universe to medieval cosmology. This article attempts such a comparison, using as its medieval example St. Bonaventure, one of the greatest of the medieval Platonists. Bonaventure’s theologically-driven cosmology and Lewis’ fictional setting will be compared on three themes: 1) the use of the image of light, 2) imago dei theology, and 3) possible worlds. The result is an illumination of themes and commitments in the theology underlying the Cosmic Trilogy.