About Ben

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I am a recent graduate of Denver Seminary, having completed an M.A. in New Testament Biblical Studies (2017) and am in the final stages of completing a second M.A. in Christian Apologetics and Ethics/Philosophy of Religion (December 2018). I did my undergraduate studies at Taylor University, earning a B.A. in History and graduating summa cum laude with honors.

I am passionate about education, research, and teaching. My training and interests lie in the humanities, and as you will see from this website, I focus on eight disciplines in four broad categories: biblical and theological studies, philosophy and ethics (including apologetics), politics and economics, and history and culture. In our current cultural climate, these subject matters often spark intense debates, indicating underlying worldview differences. Since the rise and fall of entire civilizations are often determined by ideas and their consequences, I consider it of utmost importance to research and write on the defining ideas of our lifetime in order to discern truth from error so that we might together succeed in crafting and sustaining a peaceful, just, and flourishing society.

I am a Christian of evangelical persuasion—neither a fundamentalist nor a progressive. I believe the Bible is divinely inspired and inerrant, and forms the foundation of truth and a meaningful life that is only found in knowing God through Jesus Christ. When the gospel is understood properly it neither gives license to sin nor requires a legalistic and restricted lifestyle in order to please God; it is true freedom for those who understand what freedom is. Politically and economically, I am a conservative, free market advocate. I stand squarely in the classical liberal tradition, finding inspiration from John Locke, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, and John Stuart Mill, among others. However, I regularly draw deeply from the well of ancient and medieval philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas (just to name a few). As for modern thinkers I admire Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley Jr., F. A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. I am convinced that political conservatism and market economics are not only coherent and ethically sound philosophies in their own right, but their intellectual and moral foundations are rooted in Christian theism and natural law, making them compatible with the faith. The burden of Theology for the Public Square is to show how and why that is the case.

My professional experience includes tutoring, grading, and substitute teaching in history and New Testament at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For the 2016-2017 academic year I served as the research assistant to Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. I have served as a Teaching Fellow at the Gordon Lewis Center for Christian Thought and Culture for the past three years, and I spent a week in 2013 teaching at Nepal Bible College. I occasionally write for The Public Discourse. For more details, you can view my full Resume & CV.

Beyond academic and professional pursuits, I love drinking good coffee (the best joint in town is Spur Coffee) and craft beer, visiting used book stores and building my personal library, and exploring the outdoors with my wife. Living in Colorado has afforded many opportunities for skiing, mountain biking, 4-wheeling, hiking, white-water rafting, camping, and a host of other activities that refresh and inspire the soul. My wife and I live in the Denver Metro area.

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