Jesus and the Ancient Paths is a community of writers (some regulars, some guests, and mostly amateurs) who share a love for Jesus and for the pathways of ancient human wisdom (which is not to exclude wisdom of more recent vintages as well). See this Christian Platonism Reading List for an example of one area of shared interest for most contributors here.
We hope that our common loves as well as our diverse approaches (from several different Christian backgrounds) can help to bring meaningful content for all of us navigating the contemporary cultural landscape.
David Armstrong: David holds an M.A. in Religious Studies and an M.A. in Classics. He teaches Latin and writes from St. Louis, Missouri.
Jeremiah Carey: Jeremiah grew up in the church—literally. His father was a oneness Pentecostal preacher and for a time the family lived in an apartment in what was the attic of the church building. Seeing his father struggle with the anti-intellectualism and spiritual abuse of that denomination and ultimately leave was formative on his intellectual and spiritual development. In the course of his own continuing journey, he was lead to complete a Ph.D. in philosophy (at U. C. Berkeley) and join the Eastern Orthodox Church. He lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife and two children.
Jesse Hake: Growing up in Kaohsiung, Taiwan as the oldest of nine children in a missionary family, Jesse now lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children. Jesse and his wife were both raised in loving Presbyterian homes and joined an Eastern Orthodox parish in 2017 with the birth of their youngest child. Jesse has a BA in history from Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA) and an MLitt in history from the University of St Andrews (Scotland). He serves K to 12 educators and parents at ClassicalU.com and has some older personal blog content at Copious Flowers.
Brian Christopher Harris: Brian is a high school History teacher who is about to complete his M.Ed. degree in Boston, MA. In youth he was nourished by at least two great streams of tradition: Anglo-Catholicism and Yoga Vedanta. From a background in the study and performance of traditional folk music of France and the British Isles, Brian has been an ardent participant in Sacred Harp singing and related traditions of hymnody for over a decade. He dedicates most of his spare time to writing poetry, making music, and reading classical and medieval philosophy (chiefly Indian, Platonic, Islamicate, and Scholastic) as well as the masters of contemplative prayer that have emerged within the ambit of these traditions. Brian also reads a good bit of modern theology (Sophiological, Thomistic, Patristic, Communio, Radically Orthodox) and hopes to pursue these studies in the context of discerning a call to ministry. He will begin an M.Div. in Fall 2023 at either the Sheptytsky Institute at St. Michael’s UToronto or Hellenic College Holy Cross.
Trenton Louis Heille: Trenton (or Trent) is a web developer, poet, and musician currently living in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two sons. He has BAs in English literature and philosophy from Calvin University (formerly Calvin College) and an AA in web development from Dunwoody College of Technology. While attending Calvin College, Trent rejected the evangelical Protestantism in which he was raised and the Reformed Protestantism he had adopted in his teenage years, embracing universalism and an expression of faith oriented toward patristic theology and in dialogue with other faith traditions, including Daoism, Mahayana Buddhism, and Vendantic Hinduism. He currently attends a non-denominational, Protestant church where he is the musical director, and he enjoys the intellectual freedom that being a lay person affords him in engaging with philosophy and theology.
Book Review Contributors
Jordan Daniel Wood: Jordan is a stay-at-home dad to four young daughters. Jordan holds a PhD in Historical Theology (Boston College), an MA in Historical Theology (Saint Louis University) and a BA in Theology (Ozark Christian College). His first book, The Whole Mystery of Christ: Creation as Incarnation in Maximus Confessor, is to be published with the University of Notre Dame Press in October of 2022. He also has multiple translation projects underway.
Derrick Peterson: Derrick is an adjunct professor at Multnomah University and Seminary, a PhD candidate in history, and a freelance writer and editor. His book Flat Earths and Fake Footnotes: The Strange Tale of How the Conflict of Science and Christianity Was Written Into History (Cascade Books, 2021) comes highly recommended by scholars such as Peter Harrison and James C. Ungureanu.
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