Orestes A. Brownson (1803–1876) was one of America's leading writers and thinkers in the nineteenth century. He penned more than twenty volumes of commentary. After migrating through various strains of radical leftist thought and Protestant sectarianism, including a stint as a transcendentalist, Brownson converted to Roman Catholicism and provided a measured conservative outlook to public issues and defended American constitutionalism from both its abolitionist and slaveholder foes. He is buried in the crypt church of the University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Matthew Muller is an associate professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. For the previous three years, he served as the director of the Institute for Missionary Activity at Benedictine College. He earned his MA in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in 2010 and his doctorate in historical theology from Saint Louis University in May 2017. His dissertation, The Inspired Bible in the Anglican Career of John Henry Newman, studied the importance of poetic theory for Newman's understanding of the Bible.
John F. Owens, SM, is a lecturer in philosophy at Good Shepherd College, Auckland, New Zealand. He has a special interest in the relation between post-Nietzschean philosophy and the classical tradition, and has a book in preparation on Richard Rorty, religion, and metaphysics. [End Page 163]
Marisa Pierson is an adjunct lecturer for the English Department at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Her research focuses on nineteenth-and twentieth-century British novels, particularly on issues related to Roman Catholicism, Christian conversion, and narrative structure.
Rev. Lawrence B. Porter, STB, STL, PhD, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and a professor of theology in the Seminary/School of Theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He is the author of two books: A Guide to the Church: Its Origin and Nature, Its Mission and Ministries (Alba House, 2008) and The Assault on Priesthood: A Biblical and Theological Rejoinder (Wipf and Stock, 2012), and dozens of articles published in such periodicals as The Thomist, Theological Studies, Gregorianum, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, American Benedictine Review, The Jurist, Communio, and The Bible Today.
Richard M. Reinsch, II is the editor of the Liberty Fund's online journal Law and Liberty and is the editor of Seeking the Truth: An Orestes Brownson Anthology (CUA Press, 2016).
Sr. Albert Marie Surmanski, OP, is a theologian who belongs to the Ann Arbor-based Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Sr. Albert Marie, who entered the Dominican Sisters in 2005 and earned a PhD in systematic theology in 2014, currently teaches theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. [End Page 164]