Associate Professor of English

egray@okwu.edu

B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.F.A., University of Alabama; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Mission & Passion

My goal is to help students grow closer to God by showing them how to think accurately, how to understand more fully, and how to communicate clearly. The chaos of our modern world makes these skills difficult to attain but incredibly valuable. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (KJV). In other words, it is difficult in this world to see what is true, but the truth exists, and as we grow closer to the truth we grow closer to God. By studying the world through literature, and placing literature in a Christian context, we are better prepared to face the challenges of life and to help others find the truth that is in Jesus. While this is a serious matter, it is also joyful and simply fun. Good thinkers, writers, and readers seek the truth and pass it on to others, with love.

Inspiring Verses / Quotations

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” – Psalm 46:10 (NIV).

“According to most philosophers, God in making the world enslaved it. According to Christianity, in making it, He set it free. God had written, not so much a poem, but rather a play; a play he had planned as perfect, but which had necessarily been left to human actors and stage-managers, who had since made a great mess of it.” – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

“Son, in thirty-five years of religious study, I’ve come up with only two hard, incontrovertible facts: there is a God, and I’m not him.” –from the movie Rudy.

Topics of interest

  • Composition Studies
  • 19th and 20th Century American Literature
  • Pulp fiction, fairy tales, comic books, philosophical literature.
  • Hemingway, Faulkner, Dostoevsky

Courses

  • Composition I and II
  • Introduction to Literature
  • World Literature
  • Introduction to Critical Theory
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