Academic Research & Publications

My academic research has been on four main topics: theology and ethics of work, religious identity in American public life, the thought of Søren Kierkegaard, and curriculum and teaching. This page lists and links to the publications that have resulted from these projects. To see citations of this work, visit my Google Scholar profile.

Theology & ethics of work

Henry David Thoreau’s Anti-Work Spirituality and a New Theological Ethics of Work.” Journal of Religious Ethics 45 (2017): 309-329.

A Kenotic Struggle for Dignity: Booker T. Washington’s Theology of Work.” Journal of Religious Ethics 44 (2016): 403-424.

“‘Nothing is to Be Preferred to the Work of God’: Cultivating Monastic Detachment for a Postindustrial Work Ethic.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 35 (2015): 45-61.

Religious identity in American public life

“American Christianity between Power and Persecution: An Introduction.” Christianity in the Public Square: Literatures of Politics, Protest and Social Justice. Proceedings of the 2012 Northeast Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature. Ed. Anthony R. Grasso, C.S.C. N.p.: Lulu, 2014.

Why Politicians Should Keep Their Faith Hidden.” Australian Broadcasting Company Religion and Ethics blog, Oct. 20, 2011.

Touchdown Jesus: On the Wages of Discipleship in America.” @ This Point: Theological Investigations in Church and Culture 5 (2010).

Surresponse to Hunter Baker.” Journal of Markets and Morality 13 (2010): 361-65.

Is Some Form of Secularism the Best Foundation for Christian Engagement in Public Life?Journal of Markets and Morality 13 (2010): 347-353.

Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2009.

  • Gold medal, religion category, 2009 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards.

“Is There a Light Under That Bushel?  Hidden Christian Identity in Wise Blood and The Moviegoer.” Catholic Identity and the Laity. College Theology Society Annual Volume 54. Ed. Tim Muldoon. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2009. 107-19.


Teaching Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling.” Teaching Theology and Religion 17 (2014): 167-68.

The Paralyzing Instant: Shifting Vocabularies of Time and Ethics in Fear and Trembling.” Journal of Religious Ethics 41 (2013): 209-32.

Illusion and Offense in Philosophical Fragments: Kierkegaard’s Inversion of Feuerbach’s Critique of Christianity.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 62 (2007): 43-55.

A Secret both Sinister and Salvific: Secrecy and Normativity in Light of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 74 (2006): 446-68.

Curriculum & teaching

Student Evaluations Aren’t Useless. They’re Just Poorly Used.Chronicle of Higher Education, The Conversation blog, May 7, 2014.

College Should Be an Intellectual Workout.” Liberal Education 99.3 (Summer 2013): 58-60.

A Catholic Case against MOOCs.” Chronicle of Higher Education Sept. 16, 2013. A64.

Textual Detective Work.” Teaching Theology and Religion 16 (2013): 247.

How Dumb Do They Think We Are?Chronicle of Higher Education Dec. 15, 2006.

  • Reprinted in Writing from Sources, 8 ed. Ed. Brenda Spatt. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. 85-87.

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