Philip Porter

Theology Program Chair

Biography

Dr. Philip Porter is a theologian whose interests include philosophical theology, Latin Patristics, the theology of death, and Ordinary Language Philosophy. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of California, Berkeley earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2006. After graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 2012, when he began the Master of Theological Studies program at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Porter graduated with his MTS in 2015 and he began his doctoral studies at Duke University’s Divinity School that same year. In 2020 he successfully defended his dissertation entitled The Wages of Sin: A Grammatical Theology of Death.

Currently, Dr. Porter is editing his dissertation for publication. His ongoing research interests and writing projects include: a treatment of grace and predestination drawing upon Augustine, John Cassian, and Gregory the Great; a theological study of patience; an account of the relationship between the thought of Augustine, John Henry Newman, and Wittgenstein. When not reading and writing theology, Dr. Porter spends his time with his wife, Kristi, and four children.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

“Inheriting Wittgenstein’s Augustine: A Grammatical Investigation of the Incarnation,” New Blackfriars (Vol. 100, Issue 1088, July 2019) 

“Liberated by Doctrine: Augustine’s Approach to Scripture in De Doctrina Christiana,” Pro Ecclesia (Vol. 26, No. 2, Spring 2017)

Short Writings & Book Reviews:

“Not as Others Who Have No Hope,” Breaking Ground (June, 2020): https://breakingground.us/not-as-others-who-have-no-hope/

‘Ancient heresies find new expression in “Westworld” and “Altered Carbon,”’ (November, 2018) America Magazine (November, 2018): https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2018/11/09/ancient-heresies-find-new-expression-westworld-and-altered-carbon

Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies After Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell,by Toril Moi, Modern Theology (Vol. 34, No. 4, October 2018)

“Newman & Theological Conflict,” Commonweal (October, 2018): https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/newman-theological-conflict-0

Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies After Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell, by Toril Moi, Modern Theology (Vol. 34, No. 4, October 2018)