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David Brown is professor of philosophy. He received a B. A. in Philosophy from Gordon College (magna cum laude), an M. A. in Philosophy from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. His dissertation is The Moral Sense in Hume’s Treatise and Cicero’s De Officiis. His primary teaching and research interests are ethics, natural law, logic, early modern philosophy, David Hume, and Cicero.
Dr. Mason has 27 years of experience in teaching courses in the academic study of religion at Lindenwood. Before coming to Lindenwood, he served for 16 years in parish ministry, youth ministry and Christian education. His main field of study is how faith develops in individuals and the role of religion in peoples’ lives. He holds degrees in the Developmental Psychology of Religion and Faith, Guidance and Counseling, Religious Studies, and Theology and Ministry. Another area of interest is in the history of the dialogue between science and religion from the pre-Socratic philosophers to modern Quantum Theory, which is a vestigial remnant of an undergraduate degree in Zoology.
W. Travis McMaken
Dr. McMaken is associate professor of religion and assistant dean of the School of Humanities at Lindenwood University's St. Charles, MO campus. His writing engages primarily with 20th century theology (esp. Protestant theology, with specialization in Karl Barth, Helmut Gollwitzer, and T. F. Torrance) while working constructively on the subjects of sacramentology, ecclesiology, and political theology.
Joseph Steineger is an assistant professor of Philosophy at Lindenwood University. He received a B.A. (2003) and M.A. (2005) from the University of Kansas, and a second M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2014) from the University of Chicago. His primary teaching and research interests are in Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Mind within the context of Medieval Philosophy. More specifically, these interests include the existence and nature of a first cause, hylomorphic accounts of mind and reality, and the role of wisdom in guiding one’s way of life. His dissertation, “The Naturally Implanted Knowledge of God’s Existence: Two 13th Century Scholastic Interpretations of John of Damascus and Anselm of Bec,” was under the direction of Jean-Luc Marion, Richard C. Taylor, Josef Stern, and Blake Dutton.
Nichole Torbitzky received a doctorate from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, CA. She taught Critical Thinking at the University of LaVerne. Her current research investigates Whiteheadian notions of subjective form and the internal relations subjective form has on the ordering of eternal objects in the primordial nature of God. Torbitzky is an assistant professor of religion and teaches courses on World Religions, Islam, Indian Religions, History of Christianity, and Women and Religion.