Patrick Toner

Patrick Toner

About Patrick Toner

Patrick Toner is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. He writes about analytic metaphysics and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas...and Norman Rockwell. He earned his Masters in philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

G.K. Chesterton, Norman Rockwell & the World Turned Upside Down

By |2018-12-26T14:33:24-05:00June 26th, 2015|Categories: Art, Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien|

“Fresh Perspective,” by Brandon Kralik G.K. Chesterton wrote, “We were talking about St. Peter…. [Y]ou remember that he was crucified upside down. I’ve often fancied his humility was rewarded by seeing in death the beautiful vision of his boyhood. He also saw the landscape as it really is: with the stars like [...]

The Episcopalian Imagination of Norman Rockwell

By |2018-11-15T17:05:19-05:00October 10th, 2014|Categories: Art, Christianity|

Contrary to a widespread misconception, Norman Rockwell was not a conventionally religious man. He was raised Episcopalian and spent many boyhood hours in church serving in the choir. But as an adult, Rockwell did not belong to a church at all, and seems to have entirely walked away from any kind of regular religious devotion. [...]