About Robin Phillips
Hi Everyone! This is where I get to tell you a bit about myself, the man behind the blog.
I live in the Pacific Northwest. I love reading novels, playing the piano, going on long hikes, listening to classical music, experimenting with essential oils, playing board games, watching and discussing movies, and discussing the Great Ideas with friends.
My professional life is comparatively less interesting, though it takes longer to describe. I have a Master’s in Historical Theology from King’s College London, where I studied about the implicit Gnosticism of Jonathan Edwards’ theology. I am currently completing a Masters’ in Library Science through the University of Oklahoma, with an emphasis on teaching information literacy and research skills to high school students and college freshmen. I lived in England for ten years, where I worked as a political journalist. Since moving back to the United States, the home of my birth, I have worked as a freelance writer and researcher for a variety of clients, including being a consultant in the behavioral health industry, where I spent five years helping would-be psychologists pass their licensing exams. I have been invited to be a guest speaker on radio and television, and have given presentations at academic and popular conferences throughout the world, including conferences sponsored by the University of Winchester, the American Society of Church History, the Society for the Study of Theology, and the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion. My radio broadcasts, articles, and live television appearances have been featured in over 60 media outlets, including Ancient Faith Radio, Fox News, ABC News, Sky News, KOTA News, North Dakota Magazine, Channel 12 News, NBC News, US and Canada Report, WTVM News, the North American Report, KSLA News, the Daily Broadcaster, the South Dakota Chronicle, the East Coast Sentinel, The Western Tribune and the Massachusetts Chronicle. I occasionally take temporary academic positions, and these have included leading tutorials on 19th century history at King’s College London, teaching thousands of k-12 teachers throughout America how to integrate mindfulness protocols into their classrooms, and developing curriculum for the Master’s programs of Argosy University, Antioch University, Benedictine University, Valparaiso University, Central Michigan University, and Seattle Pacific University.
My most rewarding work has been in the field of classical education (for links to some of my publications on classical education, click here). I am a contributing editor for Salvo Magazine and Touchstone Magazine and I occasionally work as a ghost-writer for celebrities (and no, that doesn’t mean I get to write scary stories). I am the author of Saints and Scoundrels (Canon Press, 2011), a book that profiled nineteen heroes and villains from King Herod to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. My second book How to Experience the Good Life…even when everything is going wrong was published by Ancient Faith in summer 2020.
I am a member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the George MacDonald Society, the Society of Classical Learning, and the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Publications and Presentations (Select List)
- “Lost & Profound: How One Woman Found, Lost, and Re-Discovered the Intellectual Life,” Salvo blog post, November 20, 2020.
- “Infidels in Iran: Jim Caviezel’s New Thriller Explores Ultimate Questions,”
- Salvo blog post, October 23, 2020.
- “Questioning the iPhone: How Apple is Exploiting the Difference Between Felt & Objective Needs,” Salvo blog post, October 20, 2020.
- “Subtle but Sure: Rod Dreher Warns of the Approaching ‘Soft Totalitarianism’,” Salvo blog post, October 5, 2020.
- Gratitude in Life’s Trenches: How to Live the Good Life When Everything is Going Wrong, Ancient Faith Publishing, 2020.
- “You Are What You Vote: Joe Biden and the Racist Underbelly of Identity Politics,” Salvo blog post, May 29, 2020
- “Fashionable Fascists: Jordan Peterson & the Toxic Ideology of Identity Politics”, Salvo Magazine, Issue #52, Spring 2020
- “The Drug That Fuels Human Trafficking: How One City Is Challenging the Porn-Trafficking Axis”, Salvo Magazine, Issue #50, Fall 2019.
- “George MacDonald’s Imaginative Fiction,” seminar at Gold Country George MacDonald Gathering (Fall 2018)
- “Gratitude in the Midst of Suffering,” in Pain, Suffering and Resilience: Orthodox Christian perspectives : selections from the proceedings of 2016 and 2017 national conferences of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion (Alhambra, CA, St. Sebastian Orthodox Press, 2018)
- “The Cross of Least Resistance: Our Path to Holiness Runs Straight Through Calvary,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Volume 30, Number 2, March/April 2017
- “The Dangers of Digital Addiction and Information Overload: How I Discovered that Silence is Good for my Brain,” The Taylor Study Method, May 1, 2017
- “Gratitude During Times of Suffering,” seminar at Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion (Fall 2016)
- “Glorious Flesh: How Dorothy Sayers Taught Me the Meaning of the Resurrection,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Jan/Feb, 2016
- “ISIS & the Enigma of Modernity,” Salvo Magazine, Issue 32 (Spring 2015)
- “The Holy Spirit and the Animated Cosmos,” seminar at Society for the Study of Theology (summer 2014)
- “The War on the Word Marriage,” World Magazine Saturday Series, January 25, 2014
- “Moral Order and Wisdom,” The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, January 2014
- “The Abstraction of God and the Culture Wars,” The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, April 2014
- “School Deform: How Common Core Promotes Cultural Engineering by Killing the Imagination,” Salvo Magazine, Issue 31 (Winter 2014)
- “Mixed Companies: Women in Combat, Feminism & Misogyny,” Salvo Magazine, Issue 25, Summer 2013
- “Hollowing out the Habits of Attention,” Parts 1-3, The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, March-November, 2013
- “More than Schooling: The Perils of Pragmatism in Christian Attitudes Toward the Liberal Arts,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Volume 26, Issue 5, Sept/Oct, 2013
- “The Massacre of Valentine’s Day: Feminism’s V-Day Eliminates Men, Marriage & Romance—and Kills Sex,” Salvo Magazine, Issue 27, Winter 2013
- “The Saints and Scoundrels of History,” seminar at Christ the King Anglican Church’s Lenten Lecture Series (Lent 2013)
- “The Illusionist: How Herbert Marcuse Convinced a Generation that Censorship Is Tolerance & Other Politically Correct Tricks,” Salvo Magazine, Issue 20, Spring 2012“Scripture in the Age of Google: The Digital Bible and How We Can Read It,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Volume 25, Issue 4, July/Aug 2012
- “The Neuro Transformers: Culture & the Malleability of the Human Brain,” Salvo Magazine, Issue 21, Summer 2012
- “Rethinking 19th Century Secularism,” seminar at American Society of Church History (January 2012)
- Saints and Scoundrels: From King Herod to Solzhenitsyn (Moscow ID: Canon Press, 2011)
- “George MacDonald and the Anthropology of Love,” North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies 30 (2011)
- “Reading Scripture in an Age of Google,’ seminar at University of Winchester (July 2011)
- “Lost at Sea: the Dawn Treader’s Voyage of Self-Discovery,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Volume 24, Issue 3, May/June, 2011
- “Sex & the Kiddies: The Sexualization of Children & How Advertising & Entertainment Change Their Brains,” Salvo Magazine, Issue 19, Winter 2011
- “J.S. Bach and the Lutheran Musical Tradition,” seminar at Christ Church Music Camp (summer 2010)
- “The Legacy of Thomas Chalmers,” Christianity & Society Volume XIX, No 2, Winter 2009