Contributors

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Douglas Beaumont (Editor) earned a Ph.D. in theology from North-West University and an M.A. in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary where he served as assistant to Norman Geisler and taught Bible and Religion for ten years before converting to Catholicism. Doug is the author of The Message Behind the Movie (Moody, 2009), and has contributed to The Best Catholic Writing (Loyola, 2006), and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students (B&H, 2010), Got Questions? (Pleasant Word, 2009), and several articles in The Christian Apologetics Journal. Doug serves as the Director of Religious Education for the Catholic Church in California where he lives with his wife and four children.

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Francis Beckwith (Foreword) is a former SES professor, and is now Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University., where he also serves as Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy and Co-Director (with Trent Dougherty) of the Program in Philosophical Studies of Religion. He holds five earned degrees including the MA and PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and the Master of Juridical Studies (in law) from the Washington University School of Law, St. Louis. He is the author or editor of over 15 books including Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Return to Rome: Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009). Having published over 100 academic articles, book chapters, critical reviews, and encyclopedia entries in a variety of publications, he has held visiting faculty appointments at Princeton University, where served as a 2002-2003 Madison Research Fellow in the Department of Politics, and the University of Notre Dame, where he was the 2008-09 Mary Anne Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture. The 58th President of the Evangelical theological Society, he resigned his post in the middle of his tenure in May 2007 a week after returning to the Catholic Church of his youth. He and his wife, Frankie, live in Woodway, Texas.

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Joshua Betancourt received his Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College. He also holds an M.A. in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He was the co-author (with Norman Geisler) of Is Rome the True Church? (Crossway, 2008). Before his conversion to the Catholic faith, Joshua was an ordained Anglican deacon and served as a workplace chaplain at various businesses within Southern California. He has also worked for apostolates such Saint Joseph Communications / Lighthouse Catholic Media. Joshua now ministers as a lay Catholic hospital chaplain. He and his wife, Carolina, enjoy serving as catechists at the parish level. They are the parents of three children.

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Jeremiah Cowart has an M.A. degree in religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary, as well as a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Georgia. He was first enamored by the virtue ethics of Aristotle while at UGA and was able to explore it even further via Thomas Aquinas at SES. His lay interests reside in the intersections of various fields: ethics and biology, aesthetics and theology, science and religion. He is now completely outside of academia, working as a federal agent for the Department of Homeland Security. He currently resides in Georgia with his five children.

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Brandon Dahm grew up in Pella, IA and received his B.A. in philosophy from Iowa State University where he met his wife Andrea. He then pursued a M.A. in philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Taking a year off from SES, he was a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, where he studied Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiæ. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. at Baylor University. He has published articles in the American Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Analytic Theology, and Faith and Philosophy. His work is primarily on Thomas Aquinas, although he also works on John Duns Scotus and John Henry Newman.

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Travis Johnson grew up in Bentonville, AR where he attended and was heavily involved in a large Evangelical Bible church. Prior to and during his conversion process he worked on staff at an Evangelical seminary in Charlotte, NC. He and his wife and two daughters currently reside in Cincinnati, OH where he teaches 6th grade Language Arts and Religion at St. Gertrude School. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and English from the University of Mississippi, a M.Div. from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and a M.A. in Education from Appalachian State University.

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Michael Mason has a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Childhood Education from Ohio University, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Theology from the Athenaeum of Ohio.  Prior to being received into the Catholic Church, he taught theology at an evangelical high school in Charlotte, NC for six years.  He currently resides in Cincinnati, OH with his wife and children and teaches Language Arts and Religion at St. Gertrude School where he is also a parishioner.

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Brian Mathews has an M.A. in Apologetics and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary, where he was a teaching assistant for one year during his graduate studies. After teaching numerous apologetics classes at various Evangelical churches and being ordained a Baptist minister, he began to discover the truth of the Catholic Faith. Brian, his wife Diona, and their 4 kids entered into full communion with the Catholic Church on December 29, 2012. Since then, the Mathews have been blessed with another son, Dominic William. Currently, Brian teaches Sacraments and Liturgy, Moral Theology, and Apologetics at Charlotte Catholic High School. In addition to his love for theological studies, Brian sings with the Carolina Catholic Chorale, a group formed in order to continue the rich Catholic tradition of sacred music at Mass.

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Andrew Preslar has a B.A. in Bible and Theology from Appalachian Bible College and an M.A. in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He was studying for Anglican orders before being received into full communion with the Catholic Church (Byzantine Rite) on February 3, 2008. He is a founding member of “Called to Communion: Reformation Meets Rome” (www.calledtocommunion.com), a website dedicated to promoting reconciliation and reunion between Catholics and Protestants. Andrew lives in Charlotte, NC.

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Jonathan Sonantis [pseudonym] obtained an M.A. in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in philosophy concentrating on epistemology. He enjoys long walks on the beach and mildly clever Kierkegaardian pen names.

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