Questions such as 'what is Justice?' and 'what are human beings for?' are at the heart of what I care about. Those questions, and how they interact with religious faith, and Christianity in particular, are essential for navigating our modern world. Nietzsche has special interest for me, as he more than any other modern philosopher investigates the philosophical and political implications of Christianity as well as the implications of abandoning Christianity, as so many in the modern West have done.
In my writing and teaching I hope to do at least two basic things. First, I want to help students understand authors on their own terms -- whether Ancient or Modern, Left or Right, Atheist or Christian, practicing charity in reading demands seeking to understand texts as their authors intended -- even when it is difficult. Second, I want to help students recognize the ramifications of ideas. If we accept claim A, what does that mean for how we ought to live life? In light of these two basic aims, I want to help point students to the truth -- even when that truth might be hard to accept.