As I value Touchstone highly, I am honored to have been invited to blog at Mere Comments. Allow me to introduce myself.

I am an ecumenically-minded Catholic convert of traditional bent, formally received into the Church last Easter. I now serve as Director of the Christian Leadership Center and Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Prior to my appointment at U-Mary, I taught New Testament at Wheaton College from 2006-2011. I received my Ph.D. from Duke (2006) and my M.Div. from Princeton Seminary (2001), and spent a year teaching and writing at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit├Ąt in Frankfurt, Germany (2004-2005).

More importantly, I’ve been married to my beloved wife Kari for shy of fifteen years, and we have two wonderful munchkins, Hans (3) and Miriam (18 mos). We’re both native North Dakotans, and glad to be home after years away.

Aside from Bible and theology proper, my interests concern the interplay of intellectual, religious, and cultural history in the making of the crisis that is contemporary modernity, particularly with reference to life and family issues. Theologically, I identify deeply with Ratzinger although I also have Thomistic tendencies. Politically and economically, I suppose I’m something of a distributist. As regards cultural issues, Rod Dreher’s crunchy conservatism has been a great influence upon me.

I write from time to time for First Things. You can also find me on Facebook as well as Twitter (@lhuizenga). I keep a tumblr blog of significant quotes on religion, culture, and the State at Contra Mundum.