Author

Background

I am not really Socrates returned from the dead, but I am a lifelong lover and pursuer of wisdom which qualifies me as a philosopher since the word “philosophy” simply means “lover of wisdom.” I am a non-academic philosopher. Being non-academic, I can think more creatively and am not constrained by peer expectations or academic presuppositions. The academic process should be a means to an end, but unfortunately has become an end in itself. Much of modern philosophy is an esoteric echo chamber that has no bearing or practical application to real life. Academics have taken philosophy out of the context of history which has caused to to become an abstract discipline. Because of all of this, modern philosophers have walled themselves off from the people that they should be serving.

In addition to philosophy, I also am and avid reader of history. I have studied theology in the past, but am currently more focused on philosophy. Currently, I am working on a book about how to do self-examination in a healthy way.

I was born and raised in the Catholic Church and left when I was eighteen. I journeyed through broader Evangelicalisn and the Reformed faith. Even though I learned much and met many wonderful people, after studying early church history and the church fathers, I returned to the Catholic Church.

I am fascinated by the relationship between faith and reason and have developed this blog to learn about the interaction between Christianity and philosophy, particularly Greek philosophy.

Eye Friendly Visuals

You will notice that some of my fonts are a little larger than normal. That is because I am an optometrist and I don’t want some of my patients who read my blog to complain that the font is too small or think that I am trying to sell them glasses! So I have tried to make my blog user friendly both intellectually and visually. As an eye doctor, I see a lot of people with digital eye strain. I have tried to alleviate that by having a cleaner, less cluttered, look to my blog. Quite frankly, cluttered blogs with small fonts are difficult to read for any length of time, especially ones that have black letters on a dark brown background – really? Maybe this blog will start a new trend visually. Who knows? I have also included beautiful artwork as a representation Western Civilization at its finest.

A Bit More About Me

In addition to my optometry practice, my wife and I have three grown children (and no grandchildren yet). We are avid dog lovers. I am an admirer of beauty whether it is found in art or nature and travel to Italy to partake of the art and the cuisine. I also have visited Israel as well as many other countries. I lived in Africa for a time to work and teach at the University of Zimbabwe.

I am first generation Italian and am currently learning Italian. I plan to get my Italian citizenship soon. I have taught myself to read biblical Greek. Currently I am enrolled in Pontifex University and hope to get a Masters in Sacred Arts soon. Besides having a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Ohio State University (Go Bucks!), I also have a B.S. in Biochemistry from the same university. I enjoy hiking in nature, especially in the mountains, and often take trips to the beautiful states of Montana and West Virginia.

I hope you enjoy my content. Please contact me for points of clarification or even disagreements on things that you may read so we can learn together. One thing is certain -this is unique content that you will not get anywhere else. Please enjoy, and thank you for taking the time to check this blog out!

Deo Gratias!

BTW: In case you are wondering, the cover photo of my blog is a photo that I took in 2020. The image is of my son, Daniel, perched atop of Sacagawea Peak near Wilsall, Montana. We had just finished climbing to the top (about 10,000 feet), and Daniel was getting his lunch out of his pack. He had is hoodie on because it was very cold and the wind was blowing.

And finally, this blog is dedicated to my dog Maxwell, without whose emotional support, constant companionship during my writing sessions, and occasional feedback concerning animal ethics, this blog would not be possible.

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