Stewart Clem (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is visiting assistant professor of theology at Valparaiso University. A native of Oklahoma, he received BA and MA degrees in philosophy from Oklahoma State University. After graduating, he served as Chair of Humanities at the Academy of Classical Christian Studies, where he designed and taught a Great Books program. He and his wife, Molly, were confirmed at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City in 2009. After discerning a call to the priesthood, he attended Duke Divinity School, where he earned an MDiv and Certificate in Anglican Studies. He was ordained to the priesthood in his home parish by the Rt. Rev. Edward Konieczny in 2013.
Stewart received his PhD in theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2018. His primary research is in the area of moral theology, and his historical interests focus on the medieval and early modern periods, especially the thought and legacy of Thomas Aquinas. His interests in contemporary ethics lie at the intersection of virtue theory, law, and public policy. His research in Anglican studies covers figures such as Richard Hooker, the Caroline Divines, and John Henry Newman, as well as 20th-century theologians such as Kenneth Kirk and E.L. Mascall. He has several projects currently in progress, including a monograph tentatively titled, Truth as a Virtue: A Thomistic Framework for the Ethics of Lying and Truthtelling. His scholarly articles have appeared in Religious Studies, New Blackfriars, Philosophia, and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.
Stewart serves as assisting priest at St. Paul’s Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is a fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation and frequently preaches and teaches throughout the Diocese of Northern Indiana.
Outside the Church or university, you can find him spending time with his family, playing an assortment of stringed instruments, cycling through the back roads of northern Indiana, experimenting with a cocktail shaker in the kitchen, or rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder
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I wonder if the unencumbered thirst for knowledge that is so glorified in our culture has brought with it an inclination towards vice, or a particular kind of vice, that might otherwise go under the radar.