Dr. Thom Provenzola joined the Department of Philosophy at Liberty in August of 2004. His primary interests are in the areas of religious epistemology, philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. He previously served as Director of the Master of Arts in Religious Studies and is an honorary member of Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society in Philosophy.
Finding himself in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains has the feel of bringing Dr. Provenzola a bit closer to his family’s roots, his paternal grandfather having worked the coal mines of West Virginia prior to moving to the motor city of Detroit to join up with the Ford assembly line in hopes of bettering the prospects for his growing family of eleven children.
Prior to coming to Liberty University, Dr. Provenzola was visiting Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois and Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy and Religion at Roosevelt University, College of Lake County, College of DuPage, and William Rainey Harper College in the Chicago land area. Dr. Provenzola has also served as interim pastor, senior pastor and associate pastor of college and youth in churches in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.
In addition to his professional interests in philosophy, Dr. Provenzola also enjoys exploring the relation between various existentialist themes and Christian theism, and particularly the ways in which specific aesthetic qualities, such as the transcendental virtues of beauty truth and goodness, as found, for example, in the writings of such figures as Fyodor Dostoevsky and J.R.R. Tolkien, contribute profoundly to the reciprocity between philosophy and literature. Dr. Provenzola has presented several exploratory papers on these and other topics at professional conferences, and has contributed articles and essays on epistemology, social ethics and apologetics in various academic journals and other publications.
Dr. Provenzola and his wife, Lola, have been married since 1995. In their spare time, the Provenzolas enjoy cycling the country back roads, running in the woods and hiking and mountain biking in the misty mountains of Virginia.