University Professor of Theology and Literature
- Ph.D., University of Chicago
- M.A., East Texas State University
- B.A., East Texas State
- Theology and Literature
- The Life and Work of Flannery O'Connor
I seek to interpret several of the major literary texts of the West, especially from the 19th and 20th centuries, from a confessionally Christian angle of vision. My aim is to show the relevance of these books to the witness of the Church as well as to the life of secular culture.
- Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2011).
- Preaching and Professing: Sermons by a Teacher Seeking to Profess the Gospel (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009).
- Literature and Theology [Horizons in Theology Series] (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2008).
- Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004). Issued in paperback 2005.
- Contending for the Faith: Essays in the Church's Engagement with Culture. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2003.
- The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.
- The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists (Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, John Updike and Peter De Vries). Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1988. Still in print.
- "The Lady with the Torn Hair Who Looks on Gladiators in Grapple: G. K. Chesterton's Marian Poems," Christianity and Literature 62, 1 (Autumn 2012): 29-55.
- "Confronting the World's Weirdness: J. R. R. Tolkien's The Children of Húrin," in The Ring and the Cross: Christianity and The Lord of the Rings, ed. Paul E. Kerry (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; Plymouth, UK: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011): 145-51.
- "J. R. R. Tolkien: His Sorrowful Vision of Joy," in C. S. Lewis and his Friends, ed. David Hein and Edward Henderson (London: SPCK, 2011): 116-34.
- "Flannery O'Connor, Benedict XVI, and the Divine Eros," Christianity and Literature 60:1 (Autumn 2010): 35-66. Winner of the Lionel Basney Award for the best essay published in Christianity and Literature for 2011.
- "Sacramental Suffering: The Friendship of Flannery O'Connor and Elizabeth Hester," Modern Theology 24:3 (July 2008): 387-411.
- "How the Church Became Invisible: A Christian Reading of American Literary Tradition," (with Stanley Hauerwas) Religion and Literature 38, 1 (Spring 2006): 61-93.
- "Conflict and Convergence on Fundamental Matters in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien," Renascence LV, 4, Summer 2003): 315-338.
- "Lest the World's Amnesia Be Complete: A Reading of Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz," Religion and Literature 33, 1 (Spring 2001): 23-41.
- "Dostoevsky on Evil as a Perversion of Personhood: A Reading of Ivan Karamazov and the Grand Inquisitor," Perspectives in Religious Studies 26, 3 (Fall 1999): 331-48.
- "Rapidly Rises the Morning Tide: An Essay on P. D. James' The Children of Men," Theology Today, 51, 2 (July 1994): 277-88.
Work in Progress