Patrick Gardner

Department of Philosophy and Religion

Patrick Gardner

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 261B
(757) 594-7965


  • Ph D in Systematic Theology, University of Notre Dame
  • MTS in Theological Studies, Duke University Divinity School
  • BA in Philosophy and Theology, University of Notre Dame


RSTD 212: Religions of the West
RSTD 232: Visions of Christianity
PHIL 308: Philosophy of Religion
RSTD 330: Christian Prayer and Spirituality
RSTD 350: Thinking About God


Catholic Studies; Systematic and Fundamental Theology; Philosophy of Religion; faith, doubt, and credibility; Catholic/atheist dialogue; Medieval and contemporary Continental philosophy


Dr. Gardner joined the faculty of Christopher Newport University in 2018. Before joining CNU, he held postdoctoral teaching fellowships at the University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University. Dr. Gardner specializes in Catholic Studies, and his research interests include systematic theology, philosophy of religion, and Catholic dialogue with atheists, agnostics, and the non-religious. He is especially interested in how Catholics understand the nature of faith, credibility, and doubt; as well as how Continental philosophy offers Christians new ways of thinking through traditional questions about God.

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