I attended UNB as an undergraduate student in Philosophy in the 1980s. I completed two master’s degrees at Acadia University and a Ph.D. at McMaster University in Religious Studies, in the area of Western religious thought. I have also lived in Victoria where I worked at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, and in Vancouver where I was at Regent College. I am currently an instructor at the University of New Brunswick and Royal Roads University.
My research interests are at the nexus where theology intersects with ethics, particularly in relation to environmental thought.
I hope to show how the contextually sensitive understanding of the history of theological thought in the classical and medieval West can be fruitful for appreciating a issues in ecological ethics. My specific interests and recent publications have been on Augustine and how his thought relates to questions in science and environmental ethics.
Currently I am working on the thought of Aldo Leopold, a twentieth century forester whose work in environmental ethics dramatically shaped the discipline. His approach to ethics has much in common with premodern ethics. In particular, I am exploring the importance of beauty in his environmental ethics and how it compares with earlier views of the beauty of creation in biblical literature, Augustine, and Anslem.
- 2013 “Virtuous communities, virtuous ecosystems.” Paper given as part of a series of panel discussions: Critical Thinking, Ethical Decision-Making, & Environmental Public Policy, at the University of New Brunswick, March 20, 2013.
- 2012 “Augustine and Aldo Leopold on the Beautiful & Ecological Ethics” (8 hour course), Anglican Clergy Conference, Fredericton, NB, June 18-19, 2012.
- 2012 “Saint Augustine, De Trinitate [On the Trinity]”, In The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. William Dominik. http://www.litencyc.com/index.php. London: The Literary Dictionary Company Limited.
- 2012 “Creaturely Salvation in Augustine.” In Creation and Salvation: A Mosaic of Selected Classic Christian Theologies, vol. 1, ed. E. Conradie. Berlin: LIT Verlag.
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