Dr. Michael S. Jones joined the faculty of Liberty University in August of 2005. His most intense areas of philosophical interest are comparative philosophy and philosophy of religion. Dr. Jones tries to challenge his students to think for themselves and to take their beliefs seriously, examine them, defend them if they find that they are worthy of defense, and change them if they find that they aren’t.
Dr. Jones began his professional teaching career teaching theology and philosophy in Romania, where he has traveled on short-term mission trips, participated in philosophy conferences, and lived for two years while teaching at Babes-Bolyai University and researching his doctoral dissertation on the late Romanian philosopher Lucian Blaga. His dissertation formed the basis of a book published by Fairleigh-Dickenson University Press and titled The Metaphysics of Religion: Lucian Blaga and Contemporary Philosophy (2006). He has co-edited several books, published many articles and book reviews, and spoken at numerous conferences. He is also an executive editor for the online Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies. He is very active with student organizations at Liberty, and serves as the faculty advisor to Liberty’s chapter of Invisible Children, the Care for Creation Club, LU Fencing and Liberty Jiu-jitsu.
Dr. Jones and his wife, Laura, have been married since 1986 and have two sons: Nate, who is a Liberty graduate, and Zach, who is currently a Liberty student. He also has a devoted basset hound named Jeffery.