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Dr. Jonathan McIntosh

Dr. Jonathan McIntosh

about the teacher

Jonathan McIntosh is a philosopher, Tolkien scholar, native Idahoan, and Fellow of Humanities at New Saint Andrews College, where he teaches courses on God, ethics, political philosophy, and economics. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas (2009) and is the author of The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie (Angelico Press, 2017). He, his wife Annie, and their four daughters live in Moscow, Idaho.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is literally to teach philosophy, the love of wisdom, or the knowledge of the order of things, of how to reason back to first principles, and then to reason back again.

Statement of Faith

I believe in the Lord, the origin or first cause of all existence, who eternally subsists in three persons, Father, Son and Spirit, and who reveals Himself in all that He has made and all that He does, in His holy Scriptures, and above all in His Incarnate Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom all things were made and then remade in His Death and Resurrection, and who is the sovereign Lord of History that will return at the Last Judgment and the restoration of all things. The …

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The Flame Imperishable
Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie
(Angelico Press, 2017)
Christ, the Power and Possibility of God in St. Anselm of Canterbury.
Theologica 3, no. 1 (2019): 3-21.
God, Creator of His Own Necessity
The Logic of Divine Action in Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo.
Saint Anselm Journal 13, no. 1 (2017): 68-81.
Speaking of Possibilities
The Theistic Actualism of Anselm’s Divine Locutio.
Modern Theology 33, no. 2 (2017): 213-234.