Crossed Purposes is dedicated to popular Christian Theology, Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, and Pastoral Concerns by Graduate level students in these fields.  Our purpose is to communicate what we have learned in a popular way that allows for others who have not had the benefit of our education to see what we have seen.

Our Podcast Features:

Rebecca Cohen – MA Systematic and Historical Theology


Rebecca Cohen is a second year Master’s student in Historical and Systematic Theology at CUA.  In the future, she hopes to concentrate her studies in ecumenical and interreligious work, particularly dealing with the relationship between Judaism and Catholicism, both historically and theologically.  She is also a current blogger for State of Formation, a project of the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue, exploring issues that relate to interreligious dialogue in study and life from a Catholic perspective.

Joshua Gonnerman  –  PhD Student of Historical Theology


Joshua Gonnerman is a doctoral student at the Catholic University of America in Latin patristics. His main area of interest is Augustine of Hippo, and he hopes to dissertate on the Doctor of Grace’s doctrine of grace. Other interests include Anselm of Canterbury, Neoplatonic influences on Christian thought, ecumenism, and liturgical theology. On a popular level, he occasionally writes on the subject of homosexuality and Christianity; his reflections on the subject may be found at the First Things: On the Square website, in PRISM Magazine, and at the communal blog project at spiritualfriendship.org.

Billy Kangas – PhD Student of Sacramental and Liturgical Theology

Billy is the author of “How the First Christians Changed Dying.” He is also the editor of and regular contributor to “The Orant”, an ecumenical theology blog concerned with how the traditional practices of Christian worship relate to the challenges of contemporary culture. He can also be regularly heard on “The Crossed Purposes Podcast”, a weekly radio show that discusses how pop-culture relates to theology and he hosts the Quick and Dirty Theology Show, a weekly video series on talking about God.

He has spent the last 10 years as a youth minister, speaker and worship leader. He received his B.A. in religious studies from Regent University and his Masters of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary. He is currently working on a PhD in Liturgy and Sacramental theology at The Catholic University of America. He currently lives in Washington D.C. with his wife Joan and son Liam. When he’s not talking about theology, he also lectures and writes about the coffee industry.

Billy on the Net
How the First Christians Changed Dying
Billy’s klout
QDTS: The Quick and Dirty Theology Show

Thad Winker – MA Student of Biblical Studies

ThadA man who needs no introduction.

Joshua Wise – PhD Student of Systematic Theology

Joshua Wise is a Doctoral Student of Systematic Theology at Catholic University of America. However, he is an Episcopalian, which will explain both the hunted look and the penchant for wanting to have it both ways. His areas of interest involve Christology, Trinitarian Theology, Theosis, and the intersection of Pop Culture and Theology.  His work has appeared on the now defunct Cross and Controller website which he edited and wrote for, as well as Kotaku, Relevant Magazine, and Warp Zoned. He also cohosted over a hundred episodes of the No Avatars Allowed podcast, and is now the host of the Crossed Purposes Podcast.


Twitter:  @JoshuaWWise
Email:  CrossedPurposes@gmail.com
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Theology Blog:  Theologian78.wordpress.com

Featured Content
Morality in Gaming
Games as Art
Joy and Portal 2
C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy Review
An Empirical Metaphysic

Interviews and Articles
Interview on Follow & Engage
Consulted Article for Polygon

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