Academic Writing

My Dissertation

My dissertation, “’Scripture is Sacramental’: A Theological Metaphor for Experiencing God’s Personal Presence through Scripture,” is available through ProQuest at In short, I examine our contemporary concepts of human “presence” through linguistic analysis, consider how these apply to God, and then construct a theology of God’s presence as we experience it through Scripture in three ways: God is omnipresent–or, better, relationally omni-present–the Spirit speaks and acts within us (illumination), and Scripture becomes for us a locus of divine presence. Finally, I argue Scripture can rightly be called “sacramental” as a way to speak of these things.

In the near future, I will be uploading my work to You will be able to find it at The only paper there right now, “The Doctrine of Revelation in C. S. Lewis,” was not uploaded by me, though it is my work. It was a proposal for a Master’s level thesis that I completed as a class assignment, but never intended to work on after the class. I did, however, present a conference paper on the subject, which will uploaded soon.

Future Writing

I have more dreams than I have time, but the following are on the short list for my projects:

A revised version of my dissertation, shifting the focus to God’s presence more broadly.

A book introducing Manifold Theology, a theological methodology whose goal is to investigate and describe the unity and acceptable diversity of theological doctrines, including why certain positions are out of bounds, according to a traditional Protestant set of presuppositions about Scripture, tradition, philosophy, and culture.

A book on joy (Sehnsucht) in C. S. Lewis, tracing the history of its reception in diverse areas of interest and analyzing its true place within these conceptualities.

A fantasy fiction book in which characters are connected across worlds, with a magic system developed in connection with quantum mechanics.