In 2000, my training in music and aesthetics led to studies in theology through Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. It was shortly thereafter that I discovered a passion for teaching theological aesthetics. In 2002, I began teaching Theology at Tall Oaks Classical School in Hockessin, DE, where I found a natural fit between my love for theological aesthetics and the emphasis on Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in classical Christian education.
After graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary, I pursued doctoral work at Durham University in the UK. I became convinced that a distinctively Christian conception of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty can be found in the earliest Christian liturgies, which revealed the dawning of a particular time – the messianic age – through the bodies of the worshipping participants. Drawing from cultural anthropology, I found that liturgies are in fact the center, the fountain, of all social orders, such that Christian liturgies entailed within themselves distinctively Christian conceptions of society and culture.
From my work with cultural anthropology in my doctoral studies, I developed my conception of the role of secularization in modern society. I argue that society is inherently religious, in that all societies, including modern societies, are organized and governed by a conception of what anthropologists call the ‘sacred’, those rules, understandings, and goals considered absolute and the unquestionable and that organize and govern social life. Instead of being opposed to the sacred, I believe secularization is a distinctively modern conception of the sacred, one that marginalizes alternative visions of the sacred into the person-relative space of private life. Secularization thus stands opposed to the traditional social order comprised of church, family, and community. As a consequence, the Christian faith is radically altered in modern secular societies as mere personal subjective opinion.