Associate Professor and Chair of Theological Studies
Ben has been teaching at Lourdes University since 2005. He completed his masters and doctoral studies at Catholic University of America in DC. He earned his B.A. at another small, Franciscan liberal arts college, Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, OH. His dissertation was on the Dramatic Christology of Raymund Schwager. Ben teaches a variety of classes at Lourdes, from Foundations of Theology to Jesus the Christ and from Christian Ethics to Catholic Social Teaching. He presents and writes on many subjects, including marriage and family life, fundamental ethics, the theology of Anselm of Canterbury and the theology of Raymund Schwager.
Ben met his wife, Cindy, at Franciscan University, where she earned her M.A. in philosophy. They both attended Catholic University of America together. Ben and Cindy have five energetic children, Dominic, Damian, Gianna, Sebastian and Kateri, who keep them both busy and entertained. They enjoy reading, board games together. Ben enjoys playing sports of all kinds, especially Ultimate Frisbee.
- Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, Catholic University of America
- M.A. in Theology, Catholic University of America
- B.A. in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Areas of expertise
- Systematic Theology
- Moral Theology
- Marriage and Sexuality
- “Of God, Gods and Gothic Gargoyles: Christian Humanism and its Critics.” Presented as part of Lourdes University’s Graduate School Lecture Series. Upcoming: January 29, 2014.
- “The Unity of Justice and Mercy in Anselm of Canterbury.” Presented at the annual New Wine, New Wineskins conference at the University of Notre Dame. July 27, 2013.
- “‘The Truth Shall Set You Free: Raymund Schwager’s Theology of Jesus the Scapegoat.” Presented at the annual conference of the College Theology Society at Iona College, New York. June 3, 2011.
- “Saint Anselm of Canterbury in Redemptor Hominis.” Presented at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- “Rethinking Desire: Is a Kenotic Capitalism Possible?” Presented at the annual New Wine, New Wineskins conference at the University of Notre Dame. June 25, 2010
- “Family as First Teacher of Good Economic Practice.” Presented at the annual conference of the College Theology Society at the University of Portland. June 6, 2010.
- “Justice, Grace and the God of Non-violence: An Analysis of Raymund Schwager’s New Proposal.” Presented at the annual conference of the College Theology Society at the University of Notre Dame. May 28–31, 2009.
- “Assessing Learning Community Outcomes.”Presented at the Ohio Learning Network Teaching and Learning Expo. Columbus, OH. May 19, 2008.
- “Ten Proverbs Verified by our Experience with Sakai and Online Learning Tools.” Presented at the Learning Communities Initiative Northwest Region Winter Institute. Bowling Green State University, OH. March 14, 2008.
- “Learning Community Planning and Progression.” Presented at the Learning Communities Initiative Northwest Region Fall Kick-off Workshop. Bowling Green State University, OH. Oct. 15, 2007.
- “Consuming Marriage: The Roots of Marriage as a Consumer Good in American Life and a Counterproposal.” Presented at the annual conference of the College Theology Society at the University of Dayton. May 31–June 3, 2007.
- “The Christian Humanism of Anselm of Canterbury.” Chapter in a volume edited by John Bequette to be published by Brill Academic. Forthcoming, 2014.
- “St. Anselm’s Soteriology in Redemptor Hominis.” American Theological Inquiry. Vol. 6, no. 2 (2013): 59–71.
- “Bonaventure on the Impossibility of a Beginningless World: Why the Traversal Argument Works.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 79 (2005): 389–409.
- “Apologia pro Cur Deus Homo.” Fides Quaerens Intellectum 2 (2003): 227–267.
- Review of Living the Truth: A Theory of Action by Klaus Demmer. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 32 (2012): 227–28.
- Review of Christ Our Hope: An Introduction to Eschatology by Paul O’Callaghan. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. Fall, 2011.
- Review of The Consumer Experience of Higher Education: The Rise of Capsule Education by Dierdre McArdle–Clinton. Teaching Theology and Religion 13, no. 4 (2010): 391–3.
- Review of Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria by the International Theological Commission. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. Spring, 2013
- Review of On the Road to Emmaus: The Catholic Dialogue with America and Modernity by Glenn Olsen. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. Summer, 2012
- Review of Christ Our Hope: An Introduction to Eschatology by Paul O’Callaghan. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. Fall, 2011
- Review of Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? by Anthony LeDonne. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. Summer, 2011.
- Review of Reason, Faith and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology by Martin Albl. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. September, 2009.
- Review of Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ by Robert Barron. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. July, 2009.
- Review of Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire by William T. Cavanaugh. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. August, 2009.
- Review of Equality and the Family: A Fundamental, Practical Theology of Children, Mothers and Fathers in Modern Societies by Don S. Browning. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. April, 2008.
- Review of Christian Marriage: The New Challenge by David M. Thomas. Published at http://CatholicBooksReview.org. October, 2007.
- “Understanding the Vatican Document on Church Doctrine.” With Fr. James Peiffer. Catholic Chronicle. 73.7 (August, 2007): 1, 4. August, 2007
- College Theology Society
- Catholic Theological Society of America
- Society of Christian Ethics
Recent awards and recognition
- Faculty Excellence Award, Lourdes College, 2008–09.
- Ohio Learning Network Course ReVision grant recipient (with seven-member learning community), 2007–2008.
- National Catholic Education Association Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate award, 2006.
- Catholic University of America, Hubbard Dissertation Fellowship recipient, 2005.