My name is Steven Nemes, and I study theology and philosophy without ceasing. I want to put into practice that sage advice Origen gave to Gregory Thaumaturgus: “Do you then, my son, diligently apply yourself to the reading of the sacred Scriptures” (Letter to Gregory 3). This webpage offers me an opportunity to share my reflections and the fruits of my reading with the world, which act of sharing is the closest and clearest sense I have of my own vocation. If the contents of this site are of spiritual benefit to anyone at all, then I will have accomplished my task.
My intellectual approach to the matters I discuss on this page is well summarized in its title: fides quaerens intellectum, faith seeking understanding. I am interested in theology, I am passionate about philosophy, but above everything else I am a Christian who is concerned to be faithful to that which has been “once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). Consequently my starting point in every discussion is Jesus and his teaching, and the teaching of his apostles, and the teaching of the Church which came after them.
My principal interests are in philosophical theology, metaphysics, and patristics/medieval. This is a short list of my favorite theologians and philosophers: Origen, John of Damascus, Isaac the Syrian, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Joseph Ratzinger, Dumitru Stăniloae.
For the time being, I am an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University. I teach an introductory class in philosophy and bioethics. I am getting my Ph.D. in theology (beginning in September 2017) at Fuller Theological Seminary.
I enjoy listening to music and watching sports. My favorite jazz guitarist is Pat Metheny, and my favorite football team is the Seattle Seahawks. I also enjoy watching movies, though I don’t do that as often anymore. My favorites include City Lights, Mulholland Drive, Aguirre: the Wrath of God, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and Ostrov.