About Me

I’m a freelance journalist and the author of nine books, with a nonprofit background in higher education.

My contributions have appeared in The Daily Beast, The GuardianThe Religion News Service, The Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, On Faith, The Huffington Post, and Toledo Faith and Values.

I’m an adjunct lecturer in religious studies at The University of Findlay. My academic specialization and general freelance reporting is in religion, and I also blog on science and curiosity at The Curious Ape.

My newest book (co-authored with Menachem Wecker) is Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (Cascade, 2014).  I’m currently working on a book that discusses curiosity as it relates to religion and science.  My home base is in historic Perrysburg, Ohio.


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Disclaimer: All opinions expressed by me are not intended to represent those of my employers.

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Some Media appearances…

“School thought: Philosophy paves way for religious debate” Toledo Blade (2017).

Academic freedom limited at religious institutions, professor says” Toledo Faith & Values (2014).

Did Pope Francis really say all animals go to Heaven?” Vox.com (2014).

Satan’s Birthday: A Brief Discussion on Halloween and ChristianityThe Huffington Post (2013).

An interview with me at the Houston Chronicle’s blog, Iconia (2010): “Doubting the Manicheans: religion historian Brandon G. Withrow on a St.Thomas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Radio interview with Prime Time America, a national radio show, over my book, Katherine Parr: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Reformation Queen (2009): Listen here (31 minutes into the hour): No longer online.

Toledo Blade: “Church follows in missionary footsteps of ancient saints.

Toledo Blade: “Ancient document served as manual for new converts: Winebrenner professor explores the impact of ‘The Didache’”