Preston Jones

Preston Jones grew up in San Bernardino, California, and served in the Navy from 1986 to 1990. He worked at psychiatric facilities in California while he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and went to Canada on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1995. He completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Ottawa in 1999. He taught at the California State University, Sonoma, from 1997 through the summer of 2000 and at The Cambridge School of Dallas through the spring of 2003. He now teaches history and Latin at John Brown University. Since 1996 he has published over 200 articles in numerous academic and general publications, including the Journal of Church and State, the Catholic Historical Review, Books & Culture, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, the National Post (Canada), Touchstone and, of course, Critique. He reads the Bible in French, Welsh, and Latin, and he runs one or two marathons a year. He's married to Anne, and they have two children, Eleri and Elliott.

What Do Students Need from Me?

Faith

What do my students need from me? Obviously, they need knowledge. If our civilization is to live, then each generation will need to know,…

The life of faith in an evolving world: a sketch

Faith / Spirituality

In the beginning God created everything necessary for natural life. In time, the stars, planets, minerals, trees and all earthly beings would spring from…

The Life of Faith in an Evolving World: A Sketch

Faith

In the beginning God created everything necessary for natural life. In time, the stars, planets, minerals, trees and all earthly beings would spring from…

The Sorrow and Hope of Homeschooling

Community / Family / Spirituality

I’ve been reading biographical sketches of Christian women who lived in the late Roman Empire. A theme the sketches have in common is rejection:…

With Godzilla in the City

Community / Faith / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

Driving through a section of Guatemala City for the five hundredth time, a strange tape played through my mind. Godzilla was trampling Tokyo, simultaneously…

The Cross and the Wide World

Faith / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

Christians relate to the Lord differently. The variety of Protestant denominations and the numerous subgroups within Roman Catholicism point to different theological accents and…

Discernment Exercise: The Value of Ritual

Discernment / Exercises

It’s a common belief among Christians that piety for show is impiety. Jesus railed against hypocrisy, as did Paul (Galatians 2:11). Hypocritical Christians “love…

Taking Doubt Seriously

Faith / Spirituality

For a long time now I’ve wondered why so many people rise early each Sunday morning to trek to churches where they will be…

The Process of Conversion

Faith / Spirituality

The First Stage: Energy I always say that I became a Christian on September 13, 1981, at the end of my first week as…