Paul V. Axton spent 30 years in higher education teaching theology, philosophy, and Bible. Paul’s Ph.D. work and book bring together biblical and psychoanalytic understandings of peace and the blog, podcast, and PBI are shaped by this emphasis.

Matthew Welch is an Eastern Orthodox Christian and works as a hospice chaplain. He is a graduate of Lincoln Christian
University and currently lives near Indianapolis, Indiana with his lovely wife, Margaret. Matt is interested in philosophical theology, Kierkegaard, political activists such as Chomsky and King, and patristics studies, especially Origen of Alexandria. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mzw_13.


Hayden Hagerman is a graduate of Duke University and Cincinnati Christian University. He’s interested in the history of biblical interpretation, the life and thought of the ante- and post-Nicene Fathers, especially Origen and Augustine of Hippo, as well as the philosophical work of Wittgenstein and Stanley Cavell. He teaches secondary education courses in church history, Bible, and moral theology.

The Rev. Jonathan Totty serves as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Naperville, IL. Father Jonathan is a graduate of Central Christian College of the Bible, Lincoln Christian University, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and Southern Methodist University. Father Jonathan’s interests include philosophy and theology, especially the writings of Bernard Lonergan, Robert Doran, Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, and Irenaeus of Lyons. Father Jonathan writes at

Frank Dugan III graduated from the Honors Program which Paul directed. His research has focused on interpreting the eucharist as a thanksgiving offering. Frank is the webmaster for Forging Ploughshares.

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